Saturday, September 5, 2009

Prayer For New Bishop

From the Diocese of Austin Administrator:
Prayer for a new bishop
The following prayer has been prepared for use by the faithful of our diocese as we await a new bishop. The prayer is available in Spanish at the link below. The diocese plans to make prayer cards available for a nominal fee. See future E-Pistles for more details.

Father, you have given us your Son, Jesus Christ to teach, sanctify and govern your people. You also gave us the gift of your Holy Spirit so that we may forever remain One in your name.

We thank you for our past bishops who have served the Church of Central Texas.

Father, we ask that you look with favor upon those in our church, who will prayerfully select our new bishop. Give them a Spirit of wisdom and counsel that they may discern your will.

We ask in the name of your Son, that you bless our future bishop. Provide him with the gifts he will need to carry on the ministry of Jesus in our diocese.

Grant him the heart of your Son, the heart of the Good Shepherd. Bestow upon him the zeal of St. Paul in preaching the Good News; the humility of St. John Vianney in ministering the sacraments; the compassion of St. Vincent DePaul in serving those most in need; and the wisdom of St. Augustine in teaching the doctrine of our church.

We ask this through the intercession of Mary, our Mother and Model, and our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of our diocese. Amen.

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