A prayer of Blessed Pope John Paul II:
Merciful God and Father, creator of heaven and earth, you have created man and woman in your own image. You are close to the people of every nation and of every age. We praise you. You have chosen Israel as your people and made an enduring covenant with them. In the fullness of time you sent Jesus, your Son, and in him walked the ways of men. We thank you. In the power of the Spirit you accompany your Church. You bestow on her the abundance of his gifts. She is the Church of saints and of sinners, but you remain true to her on the way into the third millennium. We trust in you.
Let your Kingdom become tangible even in our time – through truth and love among men, through justice and peace between nations. We ask this through Jesus Christ, our brother and Lord. Amen.