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Last year, Pope Francis announced that that this October there will be an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops. The synod will take place
October 5-19 in Vatican City.

In a recent announcement, the Holy Father has designated Sunday September 28, 2014 as a day of prayer for the synod, the topic of which is, “”The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.” along with that, a prayer guide has been issued by the Holy, that invites the faithful – churches, parishes, religious houses, associations and movements – to pray for the success of the Synod in the days before and during the Synod itself. The guide includes a prayer composed by Pope Francis for the Synod, as well as a series of intentions that may be offered the Prayers of the Faithful.

The full text of Pope Francis’ prayer is below. I also highly encourage you to peruse the USCCB’s web page o the Synod

, which has the complete prayer guide as well as some great information on synods in general and the October Extraordinary Synod itself.

This synod is a huge deal, and will require much prayer and preparation. It also requires the participation of every single one of the Faithful throughout the world. That means us. The fate of the family is not in the hands of the Pope and bishops. It’s in our hands, and one concrete way to accept that responsibility is to join in the Holy Father’s prayer for the Synod.

Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod


Jesus, Mary and Joseph,

in you we contemplate

the splendour 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.



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