Each month, Pope Francis issues prayer intentions. In his prayer intention for the month of May, he released a video message accompanying his prayer intention which focused on the Mission of the Laity, the people who are not clergy and who serve in the mission of Jesus Christ.
Lay people are on the front line of the life of the Church and we need their testimony regarding the truth of the Gospel and their example of expressing their faith by practicing solidarity, Pope Francis said.
The full prayer intention found at the Vatican News Website reads as follows:
Lay people are on the front line of the life of the Church. We need their testimony regarding the truth of the Gospel and their example of expressing their faith by practicing solidarity.
Let us give thanks for the lay people who take risks, who are not afraid and who offer reasons for hope to the poorest, to the excluded, to the marginalized.
Let us pray together this month that the lay faithful may fulfill their specific mission, the mission that they received in Baptism, putting their creativity at the service of the challenges of today’s world.
The Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network of the Apostleship of Prayer developed The Pope Video initiative to assist in the worldwide dissemination of monthly prayer intentions of the Holy Father in relation to the challenges facing humanity.
You can watch The Pope’s video message by clicking the video below: