All Are Invited to Pray with Pope Francis for the Success of the Synod on the Family

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Sunday, September 28 has been dedicated as a worldwide day of prayer for the Synod of Bishops, which will focus on “Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.” Pope Francis provided the prayer below to encourage the faithful, especially families, to pray for the work of the Synod, which seeks to respond to the challenges of families and faith. Families are also recommended to pray the Rosary for the work of the Synod. Click here to order prayer cards of the Prayer of 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.

About the Synod on the Family: Pope Francis will bring together key religious leaders from around the world for the Third General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, October 5-19.
As stated by the Holy Father there are “three main areas under discussion in the Church: how the Gospel of the Family can be preached in the present-day; how the Church’s pastoral care program for the family might better respond to the new challenges today; how to assist parents in developing a mentality of openness to life and in upbringing their children” (Instrumentum Laboris). For more information, click here.