Benedict’s prayer for Africa
The Vatican has released a prayer for the Synod for Africa composed by Pope Benedict XVI:
Holy Mary, Mother of God, Protectress of Africa,
You have given to the world the true Light, Jesus Christ.
Through your obedience to the Father and the grace of the Holy Spirit
You have given us the source of our reconciliation and our justice,
Jesus Christ, our peace and our joy.
Mother of Tenderness and Wisdom,
Show us Jesus, your Son and the Son of God
Guide our path of conversion
So that Jesus might shine his glory on us
In every aspect of our personal, familial and social lives.
Mother, full of Mercy and Justice,
Through your docility to the Spirit, the Counsellor,
Obtain for us the grace to be witnesses of the Risen Lord,
So that we will increasingly become
The salt of the earth and the light of the world.
Mother of Perpetual Help,
We entrust to your maternal intercession
the preparation and fruits of the Second Special Assembly for Africa.
Queen of Peace, pray for us!
Our Lady of Africa, pray for us!