Being mindful of the issues facing the Church at this time, and the fight our own dear Bishops are putting up. We need to pray more earnestly for courage and strength for our shepherds. Following is a prayer for our own Archbishop, who has been fighting the good fight. (You can change the words “head of your Church in Sydney” according to your own circumstances if you reside elsewhere).
Prayer for Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP (on the occasion of his investiture as the ninth archbishop of Sydney on 25th July,2015)
O God, shepherd and ruler of all the faithful,
look favourably on your servant
whom you have set at the head of your Church of Sydney as her shepherd;
grant, we pray, that by word and example
he may be of service to those over whom he presides;
so that, together with the flock entrusted to his care,
he may come to everlasting life.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit
one God, for ever and ever.
Prayer for Protection of the Sacrament of Marriage. (sponsored by the Confraternities of Catholic clergy in Australia, Ireland, Great Britain and America)
Father in Heaven,
you have ordered the Sacrament of Marriage and the gift of life
as images of your Divine Life with the Son in the Holy Spirit.
We pray that the teaching of the church on the true meaning of marriage and human sexuality
may be proclaimed with ever greater love, courage and hope, and be received in our world with deep gratitude.
We ask for the intercession of all the saints in Heaven:
Holy Mary, Mother of Nazareth – pray for us;
Saint Joseph – pray for us;
Saint Thomas Moore – pray for us;
Saint Therese of Lisieux – pray for us;
Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin – pray for us.