In a defining moment for the universal Church, bishops from all over the world will be meeting in Rome between the 5th and 19th of October, for an extraordinary Synod on ‘Pastoral Challenges for the Family in the Context of Evangelization’.
For this reason, Pope Francis is encouraging every believer to participate and unite in a moment of prayer on Sunday 28th September by reciting the ‘Prayer to the Holy Family’ (found hereunder). Christians, particularly families are also encouraged to pray the Rosary together. As part of the Church, let us join in prayer for a Spirit-filled Synod that will bear fruit according to God’s heart.
Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendor of true love, to you we turn with trust. Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel, and small domestic Churches. Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection and division: may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing. Holy Family of Nazareth, may the approaching Synod of Bishops make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family and its beauty in God’s plan. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer. Amen.