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Prayer, Music and Intercessions

Adsumus Sancte Spiritus

(We Stand Before You, Holy Spirit)

Every session of the Second Vatican Council began with the prayer Adsumus Sancte Spiritus, the first word of the Latin original meaning, “We stand before You, Holy Spirit,” which has been historically used at Councils, Synods and other Church gatherings for hundreds of years, being attributed to Saint Isidore of Seville (c. 560 – 4 April 636). As we are called to embrace this synodal path of the Synod 2021-2023, this prayer invites the Holy Spirit to operate within us so that we may be a community and a people of grace.

We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts;
Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in You our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right.
All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever.

Synod Intercessions

Please find below Intercessions for Sundays and Weekday (in multiple languages) for the XXV and XXVI Sundays of Ordinary Time, which precede the opening of the Synod Assembly and propose several options to hopefully include at least one in the Universal Prayer. Intercessions may be used at any Mass, Liturgy or during the Liturgy of the Hours.

Intercessions: Synod Sundays

Intercessions: Synod Weekdays