Ahead of the Jubilee Year in 2025, the Holy Father has designated 2024 as a ‘Year of Prayer’. During this special time, Pope Francis asks the faithful to ‘pray more fervently to prepare ourselves to live properly this grace-filled event and to experience the power of hope in God.’

The Year of Prayer calls us to explore ‘the great value and absolute need for prayer, prayer in personal life, in the life of the Church, prayer in the world.’

Prayer in today’s world

Archbishop Fisichella, Pro-prefect for the Section of New Evangelisation of the Dicastery for Evangelisation, expressed support for the Year of Prayer, saying:

‘We cannot deny the fact that our time manifests a profound need for spirituality.

‘From those who quickly make the Sign of the Cross to those who participate in the daily Eucharist, there is such a vast range of ways of praying that no one can fully describe them all; they can range from quick to distracted prayer to contemplative prayer to prayer filled with tears of pain.’

‘[Prayer] is a manifestation of the believer’s personal relationship with God Himself within that intimate and exclusive relationship that distinguishes our faith.’

Join us for the Year of Prayer

Prayer that enables us to come closer to God and his infinite love for us, is at the heart of all Missio’s work.  This year we would like to  help each other  find more space for prayer and reflection in our daily lives.

A great place to begin is with our Lenten resources, which we have developed in answer to the ‘vast range of ways of praying’ Archbishop Fisichella mentions. We believe that however busy we are or however we meet God in our daily lives, we can all benefit from the beautiful gift of prayer.

Our free reflections, prayers, films, downloadables, and planners are designed to meet you where you are and help you plan a journey of deeper faith and communion with God as part of the global Catholic and human family. For all of our prayer resources, click here, or follow the links below to find our suggestions. 

Ways to pray with Missio