LEADER: Recognizing that we are all gifted and called to share in some way in the preaching mission of the Church, we will call upon the Holy Spirit to empower us for this ministry. Therefore, we call upon a cloud of witnesses, a chorus of voices of women who have served as proclaimers of the word of God to stand and pray with us.

ALL RESPOND: Pray with us.

Let us join our voices with the voices of the women prophets and preachers of the Hebrew Scriptures.
May our voices joined with theirs bring about a covenant of justice and peace:
Miriam, prophet and leader among the Israelites ... pray with us
Deborah, the judge ... pray with us
Huldah, the prophet ... pray with us

Let us join our voices with the women of the Gospels who proclaimed the good news.
May our voices joined with theirs bring about a Church which embraces the inclusive ministry of Jesus: Mary, mother of Jesus ... pray with us
Anna, the Temple prophet ... pray with us
The Samaritan woman, evangelizer ... pray with us
Mary of Magdala, apostle to the apostles... pray with us

We join our voices with the women who were leaders and proclaimers in the early Church.
May our voices joined with theirs bring about a church where women’s leadership is valued and understood as necessary.
Phoebe, the deacon ... pray with us
Prisca, the missionary ... pray with us
Lydia, leader of the first house-church in Europe ... pray with us
Junia, esteemed by Paul as “outstanding among the apostles” ... pray with us

We join our voices with the women preachers of the Middle Ages.
May our voices joined with theirs bring about a church of compassionate understanding:
Catherine of Siena, speaker of truth to power ... pray with us
Hildegard of Bingen, mystic, abbess, and preacher ... pray with us
Rose of Viterbo, mystic and preacher of penance ... pray with us

We join our voices with the women leaders and kingdom builders of recent history.
May our voices joined with theirs bring about a poor church for the poor.
Caroline Chisolm, activist, egalitarian, believer... pray with us
Mary MacKillop, dreamer, Saint, inspiration ... pray with us
Enid Lyons, wife, mother, politician ... pray with us.

Adapted by Andrea from a prayer on reclaimmagdalene.org