God our Father
the whole creation praises you
and all are filled with joy in your presence:
you guide the path of history,
and you govern all nations with justice and mercy.
In your loving providence
you called St Annibale Maria Di Francia
to imitate your only begotten Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
to follow him more closely,
in chastity, poverty and obedience,
and to proclaim the good news of salvation.
O tender and loving Father,
we thankfully recall to mind
the fervent spirit of prayer
you bestowed on St Annibale, your faithful Servant,
so that he always walked in your kind presence
and offered his life, as a good worker,
in the generous service of neighbour,
especially of the marginalised in our society.
You filled St Annibale with wisdom and apostolic zeal
so as to enlighten minds with the truth of the gospel.
And through the gospel you entrusted your servant
with the gift of a peculiar enlightenment
in answer to one of the most sensitive solicitudes of Jesus’ heart:
To pray, and have people praying,
in order to obtain the workers for the harvest.
We thank you, heavenly Father,
source of all sanctity,
for the evangelical witnessing of St Annibale Maria Di Francia.
Through the intercession of his prayers
bless the Church and his religious families
with the gift of vocations
and instill in us the desire to imitate his example of love.
We ask this in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ
your Son, only God,
who lives with you and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.