The Church is being invited to dedicate the last Sunday of September to prayer for the upcoming synod on the family.
According to a communique issued by the Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops, Sunday 28th September will be dedicated to prayer for the Third General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to take place from 5 to 19 October on the theme “Pastoral challenges to the family in the context of evangelisation”.
“The particular Churches, parish communities, Institutes of consecrated life, associations and movements are invited to pray during Eucharistic celebrations and other liturgical occasions in the days preceding and during the work of the Synod,” the statement read.
“In Rome, there will be prayers every day in the Chapel of Salus Populii Romani in the Basilica of St. Mary Major,” it added. “The faithful, especially families, may include this intention in their personal prayers, and are recommended to pray the Rosary for the work of the Synod.”
The Secretariat of the Synod says it will shortly publish a leaflet in various languages with the prayer of the Holy Family for the Synod, composed by Pope Francis and with other suggested intentions for the prayers of the faithful.