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The Everyday Prayer

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Church of Sant'Egidio, Rome

Prayer for the unity of the Churches. Particular memory of the Churches of the Anglican Communion.

Reading of the Word of God

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

This is the Gospel of the poor,
liberation for the imprisoned,
sight for the blind,
freedom for the oppressed.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

Romans 8, 14-17

All who are guided by the Spirit of God are sons of God;

for what you received was not the spirit of slavery to bring you back into fear; you received the Spirit of adoption, enabling us to cry out, 'Abba, Father!'

The Spirit himself joins with our spirit to bear witness that we are children of God.

And if we are children, then we are heirs, heirs of God and joint-heirs with Christ, provided that we share his suffering, so as to share his glory.


Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The Son of Man came to serve,
whoever wants to be great
should become servant of all.

Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia

The human condition is often stuck between pride and fear: the desire to affirm ourselves is strong, but equally strong is the fear of not being able to dominate others. The life that comes from this is not beautiful for us or for others. Pride and fear bind people in the chains of loneliness and love for themselves, driving us toward the creation of a society made up of orphans, that is, people abandoned in their loneliness who become violent because every time they turn in on themselves, it is a sign of their fear of others and their need to oppose them in order to defend themselves. The Lord has come to our aid, giving us his Spirit to keep us from falling into fear and making us his children. And the certainty of being children has to be sought after in the heart, which is where the Spirit resides. In fact, none of Jesus’ disciples can say that he or she is an orphan or abandoned. On the contrary, Jesus’ disciples are radically taken out of their loneliness and welcomed into God’s family. In the documents of the Second Vatican Council, we read that the Lord did not want to save people individually, but by making them into a people, or better, a “family,” in which everyone can turn to the Father with the name dearest to children, “dad,” “abba.” The fact that we are children is the root of our salvation and will never be extinguished; rather, it is the wellspring of our joy. Those who refuse this relationship condemn themselves to the slavery of evil. By remaining children we become heirs to the promises of God and of his glory.

Prayer for peace