We are before you, Holy Spirit,
beginning this new year that you are giving us.
You who are our true counselor:
come to us, support us,
enters our hearts.
Show us the way, show us how to reach the goal.
Keeps us from losing our way
as weak and sinful people.
Do not allow
ignorance leads us down false paths.
Grant us the gift of discernment,
not to let our actions be guided by our own
prejudices and false considerations.
Lead us to unity in you,
so that we do not stray from the path
of truth and justice,
but that on our earthly pilgrimage
let us strive to attain eternal life.
We ask this of you,
that works at all times and in all places,
in communion with the Father and the Son
forever and ever. Amen.
Synod 2023 prayer adapted to a new year in its second line: “gathered in your name,” says the original.