Pope Benedict's Prayer for the Irish Church

Please pray with us Pope Benedict's Prayer
for the Church in Ireland, which he sent with
his Pastoral Letter to the Irish Church,
dated 19 March - the Solemnity of St. Joseph.
The Letter is his response to the crisis and
scandals in the Irish Church over the abuse of
children by members of the Church:

PRAYER FOR THE CHURCH IN IRELAND

God of our fathers,
renew us in the faith which is our life and salvation,
the hope which promises forgiveness and interior renewal,
the charity which purifies and opens our hearts
to love you, and in you, each of our brothers and sisters.
Lord Jesus Christ, may the Church in Ireland renew her age-old commitment
to the education of our young people in the way of truth and goodness,
holiness and generous service to society. Holy Spirit, comforter,
advocate and guide, inspire a new springtime of holiness and
apostolic zeal for the Church in Ireland.

May our sorrow and our tears, our sincere effort to redress past wrongs,
and our firm purpose of amendment bear an abundant harvest of grace for the
deepening of the faith in our families, parishes, schools and communities,
for the spiritual progress of Irish society, and the growth of charity, justice,
joy and peace within the whole human family.

To you, Triune God, confident in the loving protection of Mary, Queen of Ireland,
our Mother, and of Saint Patrick, Saint Brigid and all the saints, do we entrust ourselves,
our children, and the needs of the Church in Ireland.

Amen.

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