Editor’s note: The following prayer was composed by Bishop Kevin Vann in conjunction with his announcement of the Year of Dedication leading up to the consecration of Christ Cathedral on July 17, 2019.
Almighty ever-living God,
Through baptism, you gave us the gift of being part of the Church, the Body of Christ in the world;
And, you have given us the gift of being part of the Diocese of Orange, a growing community on a pilgrimage of faith together.
Grateful for the many blessings of over 40 years as a local church, we eagerly anticipate the dedication and opening of Christ Cathedral as the center of our diocese and a place to gather, worship, and witness to the love of Christ.
Be with us as we continue growing as a vibrant community of Faith under the leadership of our Bishop, Kevin Vann, and his auxiliary Bishops Timothy Freyer and Thomas Thanh Thai Nguyen.
Help each of us to put our gifts at the service of Christ’s mission of salvation and unity, so that we may truly be “Missionary Disciples” to continually build up the Body of Christ.
Help us live always from a spirit of abundance and gratitude.
Guide us as we plan for and discern the future of our diocese, giving priority to evangelization and faith formation, improving its governance and financial sustainability, and supporting our Catholic schools.
Give us the mind and heart of your Son, Jesus, whose life, death, and resurrection are the source and model of our ministry.
Send us the gifts of the Holy Spirit, especially wisdom, understanding, and fortitude, so that our efforts may bear fruit according to your will.