Father, you have appointed your Son Jesus Christ eternal High Priest. Guide those he has chosen to be ministers of word and sacrament, and help them to be faithful in fulfilling the ministry they have received. Father, you call those who believe in you to grow in perfect love by following in the footsteps of Christ your Son. May those whom you have chosen to serve you as Canons Regular of the Immaculate Conception provide by their way of life a convincing sign of your kingdom for the Church and the whole world.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.
Jesus, Son of God, in whom the fullness of the Divinity dwells, You call all the baptized to “put out into the deep,” taking the path that leads to holiness.
Waken in the hearts of young people the desire to be witnesses in the world of today to the power of your love.
Fill them with your Spirit of fortitude and prudence, so that they may be able to discover the full truth about themselves and their own vocation.
Our Saviour, sent by the Father to reveal His merciful love, give to your Church the gift of young people who are ready to put out into the deep, to be the sign among their brothers of Your presence which renews and saves.
Holy Virgin, Mother of the Redeemer, sure guide on the way towards God and towards neighbour, You who pondered his word in the depth of your heart, sustain with your motherly intercession our families and our ecclesial communities, so that they may help adolescents and young people to answer generously the call of the Lord.
Castel Gandolfo, 11th August 2004
IOANNES PAULUS II