Pope Benedicts Pastoral Visit to the UK September 2010

Pope Benedict XVI will visit England and Scotland on a four-day Papal visit from 16-19 September 2010.

The Holy Father will fly to Scotland where he will be received at the Palace of Holyroodhouse by Her Majesty The Queen. He will also celebrate a public Mass at Bellahouston Park in Glasgow. In England, amongst other things, His Holiness will make a speech to British civil society at Westminster Hall, meet with the leaders of other Christian traditions, take part in a service of Evening Prayer with the Archbishop of Canterbury, lead a prayer vigil. meet with leaders and people of other faiths and beatify the nineteenth century theologian and educationalist Cardinal John Henry Newman.

Official Preparation Prayer

God of truth and love, your Son, Jesus Christ,
stands as the light to all who seek you with a sincere heart.
As we strive with your grace to be faithful in word and deed, may we reflect the kindly light of Christ and offer a witness of hope and peace to all.
We pray for Pope Benedict and look forward with joy to
his forthcoming visit to our countries. (to the UK)
May he be a witness to the unity and hope which is
your will for all people.
We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.

Our Lady, Mother of the Church — pray for us.
St Andrew — pray for us.
St George — pray for us.
St David — pray for us.

As part of the Body of Christ we are all called to pray for one another and most especially for the Holy Father.   We support our brothers and sisters in the UK with prayer and I have featured links to the Dioceses in the UK as well as some of their many vibrant Parishes to keep up to date with the news and views of the people on this most eagerly awaited wonderful and blessed occasion.  

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