Pope Francis will be joined by twelve representatives of various Christian traditions, including the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I; and Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury. Several non-Catholic fraternal delegates who are attending the Synod will also take part in the event.
Celebrating unity already achieved
Young people will also have an important role in the Prayer Vigil, which will be taking place in the context of the Together Gathering in Rome, an initiative inspired by the dream of Taizé prior, Brother Alois for an ecumenical gathering during the synod “to celebrate the unity already achieved in Christ and to make this visible.”
The Gathering will see some 3,000 young adults representing more than 40 different countries coming together in Rome for a weekend of sharing, workshops, testimonies, and praise and worship.
At a recent press conference, Brother Matthew of Taizé explained that the Together Gathering is intended to express the reality of the Synod on Synodality, especially by involving young people. He highlighted the pilgrimage the young pilgrims will make from Rome’s Lateran Cathedral to St. Peter’s Square for the Prayer Vigil, as well as the numerous other prayer vigils taking place around the world on that same day.
We stand before you Holy Spirit
Every session of the Second Vatican Council began with the prayer Adsumus Sancte Spiritus, the first word of the Latin original meaning, “We stand before You, Holy Spirit,” which has been historically used at Councils, Synods and other Church gatherings for hundreds of years, being attributed to Saint Isidore of Seville (c. 560 – 4 April 636). As we are called to embrace this synodal path of Synod 2021-2023, this prayer invites the Holy Spirit to work within us so that we may be a community and a people of grace. For Synod 2021-2023, we propose to use this simplified version, so that any group or liturgical assembly can pray more easily.
Br. Alois from the Taizé Community spoke about the importance of unity and Gathering Together, at the International Sant’Egidio Conference “The Audacity of Peace” in Berlin on 13th September:
“…we have set out, together with Sant’Egidio and fifty or so movements and communities as partners, to prepare a wonderful event to celebrate and promote unity. It will take place on 30 September in Rome and elsewhere in the world, on the eve of the opening of the synodal assembly of the Catholic Church, and we have chosen to call it ‘Together | Gathering of the People of God’. Many of the participants at our meeting in Berlin today are involved in the preparations, and we look forward to seeing you again.”
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of this prayer: EN-ADSUMUS