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Prayer for the Family

From the Pontifical Council on the Family's plans for prayer and reflection of families before the 4th World Conference on the Family, Manila, 2003 (June 21, 2002)

Lord God, from you every family
in heaven and on earth takes its name.

Father, you are Love and Life.
Through your Son, Jesus Christ, born of woman,
and through the Holy Spirit, fountain of divine charity,
grant that every family on earth may become
for each successive generation
a true shrine of life and love.

Grant that your grace may guide the thoughts and actions
of husbands and wives
for the good of their families and of all the families in the world.

Grant that the young may find in the family
solid support for their human dignity
and for their growth in truth and love.

Grant that love,
strengthened by the grace of the sacrament of marriage,
may prove mightier than all the weakness and trials
through which our families sometimes pass.

Through the intercession of the Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that the Church may fruitfully carry out
her worldwide mission in the family
and through the family.

Through Christ our Lord, who is the Way, the Truth and the Life
for ever and ever. Amen.

John Paul II


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