This past weekend the Diocese of Harrisburg began its year long celebration of its 150th anniversary. Prayer cards were distributed at Mass, but for those who may not have received one, I am including the prayer here for you to use in your devotion time.
Almighty Father, through the work of providence You established the Diocese of Harrisburg ‘for a lasting remembrance’ of the Church of Christ in south central Pennsylvania.
We thank You for the generations of faithful Catholics whose lives have witnessed to the Gospel and have made Your Son present through divine worship, by charitable works, teaching, and healing.
For those who have gone before us in faith, grant an eternal place in Your heavenly kingdom.
For those who continue the ministry of the Church today, bestow Your grace and strength to remain faithful and zealous.
And for those who will inherit the work of Your hands, accomplished in and through us, pour out Your heavenly blessing, so that what has been done with Your help in our Diocese may come to full maturity in Christ Jesus, our Lord.