Prayer for the Synod on the Family 4 – 25th October 2015

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendour of true love, to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that our families too may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel and small domestic churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth, may families never again experience violence, rejection and division: may all who have been hurt or scandalised find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth, may the approaching Synod of Bishops make us once more mindful of the sacredness of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer. Amen.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit: As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.


The Synod of Bishops XIV Ordinary General Assembly takes place in Rome from 4th – 25th October this year. The Synod will focus on ‘the vocation and mission of the family in the church and the contemporary world’. 

In order to support this important gathering, the Australian Catholic Marriage and Family Council (ACMFC) has distributed a prayer card to dioceses as a resource for parishes, schools, agencies and other Catholic organisations and groups. 

Queries regarding the prayer card, please contact Alison Burt, Executive Secretary, Bishops Commission for Family Youth and Life: or telephone: 02-6201-9865