CBCP issues prayer for the closing of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons

CBCP issues prayer for the closing of the  Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons

By CBCP News

November 6, 2018

Manila, Philippines

The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has released a prayer for the closing of the year of the “clergy and consecrated persons”.

“Pardon them in their weaknesses. Guide, strengthen, protect and embrace them to persevere in their continuous personal conversion,” the prayer reads.

“May they always become humble bearers of the Gospel of Your love through their joyful service, suffering and sacrifice,” it added.

Parishes are encouraged to include the prayer in all Masses on Nov. 25, the Solemnity of Christ the King, and on December 2, the opening of the Year of the Youth.

The CBCP has envisioned 2018 for the clergy and consecrated persons to become “renewed” servant leaders “who care most especially for the least, the lost and last.”

The whole year also served as an occasion for the church to revisit ways of seminary and religious formation.

“May this year continue to set us on fire despite the many weaknesses we encounter along the way,” the CBCP’s Episcopal Commission on Clergy (ECC) said.

“Let us continuously renew ourselves as renewed servant leaders of communion,” it added.

In 2013, the CBCP had launched a nine-year “spiritual journey” towards the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity to the Philippines with a different theme for each year culminating in 2021.

With the opening of the year of the youth, the ECC invited priests and the religious to the young people “through our life’s witnessing as renewed servant-leaders of communion for the New Evangelization”.

“Let us guide and give them inspiration so that they could live and respond to the call of Jesus through their mission in loving service,” it said.

With the opening of the year of the youth, the ECC invited priests and the religious to the young people “through our life’s witnessing as renewed servant-leaders of communion for the New Evangelization”.

“Let us guide and give them inspiration so that they could live and respond to the call of Jesus through their mission in loving service,” it said.

Below is the copy of the prayer:

Prayer for the Closing of the Year of the
Clergy and Consecrated Persons

O God Most Loving Father, you called us to be fully and ever united to
You and with one another as members of the One Body of Christ. In
Jesus, your Son, we confidently move forward in the spirit of
collaboration and co-responsibility journeying as one family in faith,
hope and love.

As we close this Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, we
thank You for the gift of their vocation from and for Your People.
Pardon them in their weaknesses. Guide, strengthen, protect and
embrace them to persevere in their continuous personal conversion.
May they always become humble bearers of the Gospel of Your love
through their joyful service, suffering and sacrifice.

As we welcome the Year of the Youth, May all of us be renewed
Servant-Leaders of communion for the New Evangelization. Make us
gracious in affirming the beauty and giftedness of the Filipino youth.

Encourage us to accompany the young to fulfill their mission in loving
service. With Mary, Star of the New Evangelization, may we continue
to be agents of transformation in our country and in the world.
Amen.