Composed by the National Planning Team and endorsed by the Bishop's Working Party, the following is the official prayer for A Year of Grace.
You have blessed this ancient land
with many gifts, especially its people.
We thank you for the Year of Grace,
a time to start afresh from Christ.
You invite us to contemplate the face of Jesus your Son,
that we may experience a new wave of grace,
and that the light of Christ may burn more brightly in our lives.
Attune our hearts and minds
to the presence of your Holy Spirit,
that our Church may be transformed,
our relationships be healed,
and our nation grow in compassion and justice.
With the intercession of St Mary MacKillop,
who showed us new ways of living the Gospel,
we make our prayer
through Christ our Lord.
Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us.
Translations of the Prayer
Click here to download a PDF that contains the prayer translated into Arabic, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, French, Hungarian, Italian, Korean, Murrinhpatha (indigenous language of Wadeye, NT), Polish, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese, and a link to a site where you can find the Prayer captioned, and in Auslan (Australian Sign Language), for people who are hearing-impaired.
as I contemplate your face,
let me experience your great love for me.
Reveal your saving grace
and give me a grateful heart.
Heal me of my weaknesses and sin
and fill me with compassion
Gift me with the wisdom of the Spirit
and encourage me to be
a faithful witness to the Gospel.
Come Holy Spirit, Creator blest
And in our hearts take up thy rest:
Come with thy grace and heavenly aid
to fill the hearts which thou hast made.
O comforter, to thee we cry,
thou heavenly gift of God most high:
thou font of life and fire and love,
and sweet anointing from above.
Praise be to thee, Father and Son,
And Holy Spirit, with them one:
And may the Son on us bestow
The gifts that from the Spirit flow.
Louis Lambillotte (19th century)