Prayer for the Evangelization of Culture
O Holy Spirit, our Advocate and guide,
help us open doors to Christ’s saving power,
which alone is the source of hope for humanity
and the renewal of society.
Fill us with courage to respond boldly
to the call of St. John Paul II to evangelize the culture.
Enable us by Your grace to live our faith in the public square,
so that we may promote a civilization of love and a culture of life, and
may secure justice for every human person at every stage and condition of life.
We ask this through the intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe,
and St. John Paul the Great.
This is the “sending forth” prayer for Catholics for the Common Good. It is recited at the end of meetings and gatherings. It invokes the Holy Spirit, reminding us that the work of evangelization of culture is a spiritual work in which we are roped together in Christ as if in a mountain climbing party.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that
anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help, or sought your intercession,
was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto you,
O virgin of virgins, my mother.
To you I come,
before you I stand,
sinful and sorrowful.
O mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions,
but in your mercy hear and answer them.
Our Lady of Guadalupe,
pray for us.
The Memorare is used as an opening prayer for meetings, gatherings and conference calls.
About Mary, the Star of the New Evangelization
With the passage of time, pastors and faithful alike have grown increasingly conscious of the role of the Virgin Mary in the evangelization of America. In the prayer composed for the Special Assembly for America of the Synod of Bishops, Holy Mary of Guadalupe is invoked as Patroness of all America and Star of the first and new evangelization … It is my heartfelt hope that she, whose intercession was responsible for strengthening the faith of the first disciples (cf. Jn 2:11), will by her maternal intercession guide the Church in America, obtaining the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, as she once did for the early Church (cf. Acts 1:14), so that the new evangelization may yield a splendid flowering of Christian life.
~ Pope John Paul II
Ecclesia in America
Our Lady of Guadalupe, Star of the New Evangelization by Mother Adela
Mary, Star of the New Evangelization
Holy Mary, star of the new evangelization,
make us the light of the world.
We receive Christ in the Eucharist;
help us build the Kingdom in the world.
Teach us to do whatever He tells us.
May our study of His life lead us to love Him,
and our love for Him lead us to imitate Him.
If we are what we should be,
we will set the world ablaze and affect the culture.
We ask your intercession to make this so,
through Christ, our Lord.
Come, Holy Spirit
Come Holy Spirit, and fill the hearts of your faithful,
and kindle in them the fire of Your Divine Love.
Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created,
and You shall renew the face of the earth.
Oh God, Who by the light of the Holy Spirit instructed the hearts of the faithful,
Grant that, by the same Spirit,
we may be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation.
We ask this through Christ Our Lord. Amen.
John Paul the Great, Be Our Advocate