Invitation from Archbishop Chaput to the World Meeting of Families

An invitation from Archbishop Charles Chaput, Archbishop of Philadelphia, to the World Meeting of Families, was addressed to the members of the Emmanuel Community. The Meeting is to be held in Philadelphia on 22-25th September, and will include a visit by Pope Francis.

Here also is the prayer for the family proposed by the Pope:

Prayer to the Holy Family

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
We contemplate in you
The splendour of true love
And we turn towards you with confidence.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
Make our families
Places of communion and cenacles of prayer,
Authentic schools of the Gospel
And small domestic churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
May families never more experience
Violence, being closed in on themselves and division,
May people who are hurt or scandalised

Quickly find consolation and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
May the coming Synod of bishops
Awaken in all the conscience of
The sacred and inviolable character of the family
And of its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Listen and graciously hear our prayer.


For further information, contact Emmanuel Community North America.

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