Pope Francis shared his monthly prayer intention video for May, urging the Faithful to pray for permanent deacons.
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 “deacons, faithful in their service to the Word and the poor, may be an invigorating symbol for the entire Church.”
Pope Francis has accompanied his video with an official prayer so you can pray for his monthly intention:
“Lord Jesus Christ,
you sent your disciples
to proclaim to all the Kingdom of Heaven,
not just with words,
but also with works of mercy.
We ask you for all who,
in your Church, live the diaconate as a mission.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
Encourage them, together with their families,
to announce your Word with ardour
and manifest your tenderness and mercy
to the little ones,
the poorest and excluded.
Enrich your Church
With more deacon vocations.
Accompanied with the Holy Father’s intention are his proposals for the month of May:
- In communities where there are permanent deacons, communicate in some way your appreciation for their generosity and charism, manifested not only in the liturgy, but in the charitable mission in the community.
- Promote in your community, youth groups, catechesis, groups of couples, some time of formation or witness on the diaconate, its history, its place in the Church, both in mission and in the liturgy.
- Organize a moment of prayer for vocations to the diaconate, either for those preparing for the priesthood, or for permanent deacons and their families.
Read below the full prayer intention of Pope Francis, and watch “The Pope Video” for May:
“Deacons are not second-level priests.
They are part of the clergy and live their vocation in and with their family.
They are dedicated to the service of the poor, who carry within them the face of the suffering Christ.
They are the guardians of service in the Church.
Let us pray that deacons, faithful in their service to the Word and the poor, may be an invigorating symbol for the entire Church.”