Prayer to the Lord (July 2013)

Prayer to the Lord*

Lord, you left your Mother in our midst
that she might accompany us.

May she take care of us
and protect us on our journey,
in our hearts, in our faith.

May she make us disciples like herself,
missionaries like herself.

May she teach us to go out onto the streets.
May she teach us to step outside ourselves.

We bless this image, Lord,
which will travel round the country.

May she, by her meekness,
by her peace, show us the way.

Lord, you are a scandal.
You are a scandal: the scandal of the Cross.
A Cross which is humility, meekness;
a Cross that speaks to us of God’s closeness.

We bless this image of the Cross
that will travel round the country.

*Prayer at the conclusion of the meeting with the young people from Argentina gathered in the Cathedral of São Sebastião (25 July 2013)

Pope Francis

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