Year of Grace National Prayers Gracious God, You have blessed this ancient land with many gifts, especially its people. We thank you for the Year of Grace, a time to start afresh from Christ. You invite us to contemplate the face of Jesus your Son, that we may experience a new wave of grace, and that the light of Christ may burn more brightly in our lives. Attune our hearts and minds to the presence of your Holy Spirit, that our Church may be transformed, our relationships be healed, and our nation grow in compassion and justice. With the intercession of St Mary MacKillop, who showed us new ways of living the Gospel, we make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen. Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us.
Jesus, as I contemplate your face, let me experience your great love for me. Reveal your saving grace and give me a grateful heart. Heal me of my weaknesses and sin and fill me with compassion for others. Gift me with the wisdom of the Spirit and encourage me to be a faithful witness to the Gospel.
Come Holy Spirit, Creator blest. And in our hearts take up your rest: Come with your grace and heavenly aid to fill the hearts which you have made. O Comforter, to you we cry, O heavenly gift of God most high: Font of life and fire of love, sweet anointing from above. Praise be to you, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, with them one: And may the Son on us bestow the gifts that from the Spirit flow. Amen.
Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us.
Prayer of the Aboriginal People Father of all, you gave us the Dreaming. You have spoken to us through our beliefs. You then made your Love clear to us in the person of Jesus. We thank you for your care, you own us. You are our hope. Make us strong as we face the problems of change. We ask you to help the people of Australia to listen to us and respect our culture. Make the knowledge of you grow strong in all people so that you can be at home in us and we can make a home for everyone in our Land. Amen. Prayer composed for the meeting between Pope John Paul II and the Aboriginal People, November 1986.
The following is the prayer Pope Francis uses to conclude Evangelii Gaudium
Mary, Virgin and Mother, you who, moved by the Holy Spirit, welcomed the word of life in the depths of your humble faith: as you gave yourself completely to the Eternal One, help us to say our own “yes” to the urgent call, as pressing as ever, to proclaim the good news of Jesus.
Filled with Christ's presence, you brought joy to John the Baptist, making him exult in the womb of his mother. Brimming over with joy, you sang of the great things done by God. Standing at the foot of the cross with unyielding faith, you received the joyful comfort of the resurrection, and joined the disciples in awaiting the Spirit so that the evangelizing Church might be born.
Obtain for us now a new ardour born of the resurrection, that we may bring to all the Gospel of life which triumphs over death. Give us a holy courage to seek new paths, that the gift of unfading beauty may reach every man and woman.
Virgin of listening and contemplation, Mother of love, Bride of the eternal wedding feast, pray for the Church, whose pure icon you are, that she may never be closed in on herself or lose her passion for establishing God’s kingdom.
Star of the new evangelization, help us to bear radiant witness to communion, service, ardent and generous faith, justice and love of the poor, that the joy of the Gospel may reach to the ends of the earth, illuminating even the fringes of our world.
Mother of the living gospel, wellspring of happiness for God's little ones, pray for us.
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