Praying with the Pope in August

Published on 01 Aug 2020
A fishing boat

The Maritime World

We pray for all those who work and live from the sea, among them sailors, fishermen and their families.

Pope Francis, August 2020

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Proposals for the month

1. Research the work of the Apostleship of the Sea, learn more about their wonderful ministry of support for seafarers and about the work of a Port Chaplain. When the situation allows, discuss with your parish leaders inviting an Apostleship of the Sea representative to come to your parish or worshipping community to showcase their work.

2. Spend some prayer-time, alone or in a prayer-group, bringing to mind the suffering and great cost so often paid by those who work and live from the sea. This is an excellent and practical way of praying with the Pope this month in his intention.

3.Think about beginning your day with a Morning Offering to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, using the prayers given above, those on the Click to Pray website and App or the traditional form of the Morning Offering. If you do this already, resolve to renew your commitment to this important ministry in the Church. Offer yourself in the morning for the mission of Christ that day and don’t worry about how that will work out, for the Lord will use your offering of yourself in ways that will surprise and delight you!

Prayer for the month

Heavenly Father, I begin this day anew in your presence. May your Holy Spirit be my constant guide and companion, filling me with life to spread the Gospel through my deeds and words. I offer you this day my prayers, works, joys and suffering, for the Church, all the Apostles of Prayer and for the intentions of Pope Francis for this month, especially for seafarers, as the Holy Father requests. Our Father …