On 22 October, formal preparations began for the 9th World Meeting of Families 2018 and these are being led by Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin as President and host, and by Father Timothy Bartlett in his role as Secretary General. Last May, Pope Francis chose "The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World" as the theme for this major pastoral celebration which will take place in Dublin from 22 to 26 August 2018.
At their meeting, the Irish bishops encouraged the faithful to pray the Prayer to the Holy Family which has been written by Pope Francis and which he published in this year's apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love).
Prayer to the Holy Family
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendor of true love; to you we turn with trust.
Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection and division; may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth, make us once more mindful of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer.
O Angel of God my Guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me near, ever this night/day be at my side, to light, to rule, to guard, to guide Amen....
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