National Prayer for the 2015 Papal Visit to Ecuador

The Ecuadorian Conference of Catholic Bishops announced the prayer that they encourage the country’s Catholics to  pray for the upcoming visit Pope Francis will make in July to that South American country, This is the complete prayer:

Oh God our Father, the news of the visit of your servant Pope Francis
Has strengthened our hearts with the joy of being Christians,
Disciples of your Son and sons and daughters of his Church, our Mother.
While we earnestly pray that this hopeful intention
Of the Holy Father becomes a reality, we beseech you Lord,
That in this time of waiting, our families would prepare themselves,
Being true domestic churches, blessed and strengthened
By the Sacrament of Marriage.
Our Christian communities find new vigor
In the joyful witness of the Gospel. May our Parishes
Be true places of encounter and service to the poor and defenseless.
May our particular Churches be a sign of communion and fraternity.
Thus will form the great family of your children, Father,
You who live and reign with the Son and the Holy Spirit, forever and ever.
Holy Mary, Star of evangelization, Pray for us.
Amen.

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