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Holy Father’s Prayer Before Relics of Peruvian Saints

‘Help us to be a Church that goes forth, drawing near to all, especially the less fortunate.’

Following is the Vatican-provided text of the Holy Father’s Prayer in front of the relics of the Peruvian Saints in the Cathedral of  Lima, given January 21, 2018.


God our Father,

through Jesus Christ

you founded your Church

on the rock of the Apostles,

that, guided by the Holy Spirit,

she may be a sign and instrument

of your love and mercy in the world:

we thank you for the gifts you have

bestowed upon our Church in Lima.


We thank you in a special way

for the holiness that has flourished in our land.

Our Archdiocesan Church has been made fruitful

by the apostolic labors of Saint Turibius of Mogrovejo,

enlarged by the prayer, penance, and charity

of Saint Rose of Lima and Saint Martin de Porres,

adorned by the missionary zeal of Saint Francisco Solano

and the humble service of Saint Juan Macías.

It has been blessed by the witness of Christian life and fidelity to the Gospel

of many others of our brothers and sisters.

We give you thanks for all that you have accomplished in our history

and we ask you to keep us faithful to the heritage we have received.


Help us to be a Church that goes forth,

drawing near to all, especially the less fortunate.

Teach us to be missionary disciples

of Jesus Christ, the Lord of Miracles,

living in love, seeking unity

and practicing mercy,

so that, protected by the intercession

of Our Lady of Evangelization,

we may live the joy of the Gospel

and proclaim it before the world.


[00070-EN.01] [Original text: Spanish]

© Libreria Editrice Vatican

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