World Youth Day USA Guides Stateside Pilgrimage Leaders Guide - Page 77

God our Father, Like the disciples who journeyed be with us on our pilgrim journey of faith. up the mountain to witness Give us the grace and courage the Transfiguration, to step forward in faith and hope may this experience be on the road ahead. an encounter that strengthens us for our work in the world. Lord Jesus, open our eyes to see your face Through the intercession of Mary, in all those we encounter. the Immaculate Conception, Open our ears to hear your voice patroness of our nation, in those who are often ignored. may we be worthy witnesses of our faith, Open our hearts that we might be humble representatives of our country, faithful disciples of mercy and truth. and inspired missionaries bringing peace, hope, and mercy Holy Spirit, into our communities. Amen. transform us. Empower us to give of ourselves to the poor; St. James the Apostle, patron to welcome the lost; of pilgrim travelers, pray for us. to forgive those who hurt us; to comfort those who suffer St. Kateri Tekakwitha, young faithful witness and are marginalized. from our native land, pray for us. Bless those who travel on mission St. Thérèse of Lisieux, from the United States of America patroness of missionaries to Kraków in Poland, and advocate for youth, pray for us. Land of Divine Mercy, to join the universal Church Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, for World Youth Day. man of the beatitudes and patron of young adults, pray for us. Bless, too, those who celebrate stateside, St. John Paul II, son of Poland united in faith and joy. and patron of World Youth Day, pray for us. 75