Sunday, January 30, 2011

ASIA: TAIWAN: PRAYER FOR YEAR OF THE LAITY

Agenzia Fides REPORT – After having published the 2011 Pastoral Letter dedicated to the Year for the Laity, entitled “Walking together to man, living for the Lord” (see Fides 10/1/2011), the Regional Episcopal Conference of Taiwan has also released the official Prayer for the Year for the Laity. According to the accompanying directions, “the prayer is to be recited after Communion or before the Blessing”. The entire text is available on the website of the Regional Episcopal Conference of Taiwan, to also be printed and distributed.
In fact, the Taiwanese community is also intensely participating in the Year for the Laity, so nominated by the diocese of Hong Kong. In the prayer, thanks is given to the Father having created us and called us to be his children through the sacraments. Then the involvement of the lay faithful is remembered in the threefold mission of Christ the Priest, and their commitment to enlarge the Kingdom of God and work in the vineyard of the Lord. It then invokes an abundance of divine grace to strengthen the courage of the laity to witness to the Gospel. Finally, it recalls that “the cornerstone of charity” is what unites us. We pray for those who do not yet think that they can believe, striving towards the one Truth, in the common journey towards Heaven.

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