At the end of each mass, our parish family prays two special prayers.
The “Prayer for Love” and the “Parish Vitality Prayer” are said before the closing hymn is sung. Being a part of the Facebook Live broadcasts for our masses for the last two months, I can’t help but feel the hope found in the words of our “Parish Vitality Prayer.”
While most of our parish family are living their faith in quarantine and via social media, the church is still there and we are sending up the same prayers with the same faith that God will guide and provide for us.
The lines that state, “that our faith may vitalize our parishes and our perseverance maintain our outreach” have held particular inspiration for me.
By keeping our faith we are giving vitality to our church and breathing life into our faith family. This faith and breath makes believing invigorating.
As we work hard to open the physical churches and places of gatherings in safe ways, it gives our perseverance tremendous power and instills pride for the labors we have endured so as to ensure vitality within our communities.
Keep the faith.
Do what you can.
Be present where ever you may be.
Let your beliefs and perseverance be a vital element in your goals, interactions, and efforts.
Persevere with faith to bring vitality to your home, family, friends, and communities.
By: Melanie A. Peters
P.S. Does your church or faith group have a special closing prayer or blessing? Please share!
P.P.S. I don’t know who wrote the “Parish Vitality Prayer”, but I have faith they will be okay with me sharing insights on its inspiration.