Pope Francis shared his monthly prayer intention video for May, urging the Faithful to pray for ecclesial movements and groups.
Pope Francis’ Worldwide Prayer Network of the Apostleship of Prayer developed “The Pope Video” initiative in 2016 as a way to spread the Holy Father’s monthly prayer intentions on the challenges humanity faces in a video based format.
For the month of May, Pope Francis shared his prayer intention that we pray “that ecclesial movements and groups may daily rediscover their mission, an evangelizing mission, and that they place their own charisms at the service of the world’s needs. Service…”
Accompanied with Pope Francis’ prayer intention is an official prayer:
“Thank you, Father, for giving us life by the action of your Spirit
in so much diversity of gifts and charisms for the mission.
We wish to live our Baptism with fidelity and dedication,
bearing witness to the Gospel
in our everyday life.
Help your Church movements and groups
to be fruitful spaces of service and dedication to others.
May all its members live with love and availability
at the service of brothers and sisters.
In this Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network,
we pray especially for the youth and children of the EYM,
Eucharistic Youth Movement,
so that they may live each day in the style of Jesus,
bearing witness to Christ in the Eucharist
with living eucharists open to all,
serving the needs of the world.
Read below the full prayer intention of Pope Francis, and watch “The Pope Video” for May:
“Ecclesial movements are a gift, they are a treasure in the Church! That’s what you are!
These movements renew the Church with their capacity for dialogue at the service of her evangelizing mission.
Each day, they rediscover in their charism new ways of showing the attractiveness and the newness of the Gospel.
How do they do this? Speaking different languages, they seem different, but it is their creativity that creates these differences. But always understanding themselves and making themselves understood.
And working at the service of the Bishops and parishes to avoid any temptation to close in on themselves, which can be the danger, right?
Always be on the move, responding to the impulse of the Holy Spirit to the challenges, to the changes in today’s world.
Remain in harmony with the Church, since harmony is a gift of the Holy Spirit.
Let us pray that ecclesial movements and groups may daily rediscover their mission, an evangelizing mission, and that they place their own charisms at the service of the world’s needs. Service…”