Preparing for the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019.
From April to October we will pray for a different Missionary Intention each month. Also throughout this time, you can light a candle for your own intentions to be included in our prayers. We will shortly upload the intention for each month along with the Light a Mission Candle button.
Prayer for the EMMOCT2019
by Pope Francis
when your only begotten Son Jesus Christ rose from the dead,
he commissioned his followers
to “go and make disciples of all nations” and you remind us that through our Baptism we are made sharers in the mission of the Church.
Empower us by the gifts of the Holy Spirit to be courageous and zealous in bearing witness to the Gospel, so that the mission entrusted to the Church,
which is still very far from completion, may find new and efficacious expressions that bring life and light to the world.
Help us make it possible for all peoples to experience the saving love and mercy of Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, forever and ever.
Extraordinary Missionary Month
The Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019
In 2019, 100 years have passed since the Apostolic Letter Maximum Illud of Pope Benedict XV. To celebrate this anniversary Pope Francis has called the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019.
The theme of the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019
The Holy Father indicated for the Extraordinary Missionary Month the theme "Baptized and sent: the Church of Christ on a mission in the world". To reawaken awareness of the missio ad gentes and resume the responsibility of proclaiming the Gospel with new impetus, unite the pastoral care of Pope Benedict XV in Maximum Illud and the missionary vitality expressed by Pope Francis in the Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium : "The Action missionary is the paradigm of every work of the Church " (EG 15).
How to live the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019
Four dimensions indicated to us by the Pope, to live more intensely the journey of preparation and realization of the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019 are:
The personal encounter with Jesus Christ alive in His Church through the Eucharist, the Word of God, personal and community prayer;
The witness: the saints, the martyrs of the mission and the confessors of faith, an expression of the Churches scattered throughout the world;
Missionary formation: writing, catechesis, spirituality and theology;
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