Adsumus Sancte Spiritus
Every session of the Second Vatican Council began with the prayer Adsumus Sancte Spiritus, the first word of the original Latin, meaning, "We stand before you, Holy Spirit," which has been historically used at Councils, Synods and other Church gatherings for hundreds of years, and is attributed to Saint Isidore of Seville (c. 560 - 4 April 636). As we embrace this Synodal Process, this prayer invites the Holy Spirit to be at work in us so that we may be a
community and a people of grace. Let us commit to praying this prayer every day.
We stand before You, Holy Spirit, as we gather together in Your name.
With You alone to guide us, make Yourself at home in our hearts; Teach us the way we must go and how we are to pursue it.
We are weak and sinful; do not let us promote disorder.
Do not let ignorance lead us down the wrong path nor partiality influence our actions.
Let us find in you our unity so that we may journey together to eternal life and not stray from the way of truth and what is right.
All this we ask of You, who are at work in every place and time, in the communion of the Father and the Son, forever and ever.
One of the most central aspects of our Faith is our belief in our God as a Trinity of Persons — a Living, Loving, and Life-giving Community. We are called to imitate the very nature of the Trinity as we live out our Faith.
As we embark on the process of "Journeying together, announcing the Gospel" — a deeper appreciation and celebration of the Community Dimension of our Faith is of primary importance.
We could start by looking at how we as a family give For a synoda l Chu rch expression to the community dimension of our Faith — Is there family prayer? Do we attend Holy Mass as a Family? We are encouraged to consider how our families can connect with other families in the Parish, through greater Participation, and so deepen the experience of Community on a Parish level. As a Parish Community are we embracing our Mission of making a difference in the broader community.
Let us never forget too, that we are part of the Communion of Saints, who are constantly interceding for us as we strive to announce the Gospel in our times.
1 It is the will of Christ that the Pope and bishops are responsible to teach doctrine and morals.
2 Their teaching is enhanced by discerning how the Holy Spirit is working among all the baptised people, each of whom has received the fullness of the Holy Spirit.
3 To expediate this discerning process, Pope Francis has announced a Synod for the universal Catholic Church.
4 The theme of the Synod is: “For a synodal church: communion, participation, and mission.”
5 The Synod shows the Church as a real communion where every member effectively participates in the mission of spreading the Good News.
6 The Church does not listen to the “spirit of the times” but instead listens to the Holy Spirit.
a) The Synod opens this weekend with four weeks of prayer - in Church and at home.
b) Thereafter for four weeks we gather in Parish groups or family groups to respond to questions provided by the diocese.
c) Before Christmas our parish response is collated and submitted to the deanery.
d) There follow further collations at the level of Deanery, Diocese, and Bishops’ Conference before the final Synod in Rome in 2023.
e) It is expected the Pope will then promulgate an authoritative Apostolic Exhortation