November 27, 2006

SPIRITUAL PILGRIMAGE WITH HIS HOLINESS POPE BENEDICT XVI ON HIS PASTORAL VISIT TO TURKEY

28 NOVEMBER 28 TO 1 DECEMBER 1 A.D. 2006
Heavenly Father,
from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name,
we humbly ask that you sustain, inspire, and protect your servant, Pope Benedict XVI,
as he goes on pilgrimage to Turkey-–
a land to which St. Paul brought the Gospel of your Son;
a land where once the Mother of your Son, the Seat of Wisdom, dwelt;
a land where faith in your Son’s true divinity was definitively professed.
Bless our Holy Father,
who comes as a messenger of truth and love to all people of faith and good will dwelling in this land so rich in history.
In the power of the Holy Spirit,
may this visit of the Holy Father bring about deeper ties of understanding, cooperation, and peace
among Roman Catholics, the Orthodox, and those who profess Islam.
May the prayers and events of these historic days
greatly contribute both to greater accord among those who worship you, the living and true God,
and also to peace in our world so often torn apart by war and sectarian violence.

We also ask, O Heavenly Father,
that you watch over and protect Pope Benedict
and entrust him to the loving care of Mary, under the title of Our Lady of Fatima,
a title cherished both by Catholics and Muslims.
Through her prayers and maternal love,
may Pope Benedict be kept safe from all harm
as he prays, bears witness to the Gospel,
and invites all peoples to a dialogue of faith, reason, and love.

We make our prayer through Christ, our Lord.

Bishop William E. Lori, Supreme Chaplain of the Knights of Columbus, composed this prayer.

The Knights of Columbus will pray for the pope’s intentions beginning on November 26, the Sunday before the pope departs (the Solemnity of Christ the King).

In addition, the Knights will print and distribute cards with this prayer.

The Knights and others joining in the Spiritual Pilgrimage will say the prayer each day during the pope’s trip.

You may read more about the Spiritual Pilgrimage, and also obtain a PDF version of the prayer card at the website of the Knights of Columbus.
Click HERE for it.

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