As you enfold us in your hands,
give us your compassion for people in need of
your grace, mercy and love.
Help us to follow you into places of despair and darkness
carrying your light and hope.
Touch our lips with wisdom
and empower us by your Holy Spirit
to bring your life and healing.
Teach us, good Lord,
to see you in the lives of others
your Holy Spirit equips the Church
with a rich variety of gifts:
grant that we may use them
to bear witness to Christ
by lives built on faith and love.
Make us ready to live his gospel
and eager to do his will,
that we may share with all your Church
in the joys of eternal life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.