At the back of the Statement on the Economy, High Levels of Unemployment, and Cost of Living the bishops of the SACBC are inviting their faithful brothers and sisters to join with them in reciting the below prayer daily in homes, schools, at gatherings and at the end of Mass especially on Sundays. They ask that this prayer campaign be launched on the solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady – 21 August – until further notice.
send forth your Spirit upon us the people of Southern Africa.
May we hear anew the voice of Jesus Christ,
inviting us to walk with him across the turbulent waters of our time:
“Courage, it is I. Do not be afraid.”
By the grace of the Holy Spirit empower us
to bring comfort to the restless,
hope to those who despair,
healing to victims of violence,
and reconciliation where there is division.
May the Holy Spirit heal our families and communities.
Grant us ethical and courageous leaders
who put the good of the people before their own interest.
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
we commit ourselves to speak the truth with courage,
to act justly in all we do,
to share with those in need
and always and everywhere to respect your gift of life
as we strive to proclaim the values of the Kingdom
in solidarity with all people of goodwill.