Opening Prayer from Vatican II

We stand before you, Holy Spirit,
conscious of our sinfulness,
but aware that we gather in your name.

Come to us, remain with us,
and enlighten our hearts.

Give us light and strength
to know your will,
to make it our own,
and to live it in our lives.

Guide us by your wisdom,
support us by your power,
for you are God, sharing the glory of Father and Son.

You desire justice for all;
enable us to uphold the rights of others;
do not allow us to be misled by ignorance
or corrupted by fear or favor.

Unite us to yourself in the bond of love
and keep us faithful to all that is true.

As we gather in your name, may we temper justice with love,
so that all our discussions and reflections
may be pleasing to you, and earn the reward
promised to good and faithful servants.

We ask this of You who live and reign with the
Father and the Son, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

From page 191 of the Book of Blessings. This prayer was used before every session of the Second Vatican Council.

This seems like a wonderful way to begin any Church meeting (even the domestic Church, that is the family). What better to ask than the guidance of the Holy Spirit, who will never lead us wrong?

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