The celebration of the 85th General Chapter draws near. In the days leading up to this event, let us be united in prayer, aware that ‘unless the LORD builds the house, the who build it labor in vain.’ (Psalm 127)
Here is a prayer that can be used at the end of the intercessions at Morning and Evening Prayer, before the Our Father.
Prayer for the 85th General Chapter
Brothers! Let us entrust ourselves to the intercession of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, of St. Francis and St. Clare, as well as that of the great cohort of our brother saints and blesseds, such that we might hold this Chapter with renewed zeal and openness to the Holy Spirit.
I invoke the Spirit of the Lord that he may guide us, inspire us, and motivate us to spare no effort in fanning the living flame of our charism.
Let us pray in the very words of St. Francis:
All-powerful, most holy, most high, supreme God:
all good, supreme good, You Who alone are good,
may we give You all praise, all glory, all thanks,
all honor, all blessing, and all good.
So be it! So be it! Amen.