Prayers

Prayers

O God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit instructed the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise, and be filled with intelligence and wisdom in all our deliberations and decisions.

God of Love, Father of the Poor, you made us all your children: we praise you and thank you. Fill us with a sense of justice. Help us to take the side of the lowly, to defend all immigrants, to welcome the stranger.  Help us to befriend the friendless, protect the vulnerable and work for the rights of all.

Lord, God, remember all people who work directly or indirectly for the achievement of our goals and vision. Send forth your Holy Spirit to guide them. Give them your grace and mercy in all their undertakings. May their intentions and motives be always good.

Lord, pour out your blessings on our benefactors, whose goodness has encouraged us and has enhanced our efforts to recreate your merciful presence in our world. In gratitude, we ask you to reward them with signs of your generous love. Lord, may your guidance, love and protection be always with us. Through Christ your Son we present our prayer. Amen.

Beatus Mauki, S.J.


Pray with the Lord, Journey with Refugees

Praying the Stations of the Cross or the Way of the Cross is a traditional way of praying during Lent. We pray this familiar prayer to be with Jesus Christ who walked this journey, carrying the Cross, the instrument of his death, out of love and commitment to us. We pray it also because we wish to become close to who this Jesus is who loves me and us so deeply. We walk this journey with him to get a glimpse at the heart and mind of Jesus Christ, who is alive today and experiencing the journey to the Cross wherever our sisters and brothers are suffering throughout the world.

At JRS Malta, we have developed a Way of the Cross which is designed to help us pray with and for refugees on their journey of hope, suffering, death and life. Click here to download the text. A power-point presentation to accompany the text is also available here.

Credit goes to the Archdiocese of Vancouver which inspired many of the reflections contained in this resource. 


For those who find themselves on the Refugee Highway today

Father in heaven, please be near those who are forcibly displaced today. Some know you. Others do not. You love them all. May they all know your presence, protection and provision.

You have not forgotten them. You know their names. You know their stories. You know their journey. Please lead them.

You are not far from them. You know their loss and suffering. You suffered too. Please heal and comfort them.

You are not against them. You deeply care for each man, woman and child. Please renew their faith, their hope and their strength.

They've lost their place in the world. Be their refuge. Graciously lead them to a safe place where they can settle and rebuild their lives.

We pray for peace, justice and reconciliation in their countries of origin.

We pray in the name of Jesus who was once himself a refugee in Egypt.

Amen.

Source: http://iafr.org/get-involved/pray

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A prayer for asylum seekers

Lord,
No one is a stranger to you
and no one is ever far from your loving care.
In your kindness watch over refugees and asylum seekers,
those separated from their loved ones, those who are lost,
and those who have been exiled from their homes.
Bring them safely to the place where they long to be,
and help us always to show your kindness to strangers and those in need.

Adapted from the Opening Prayer of the Mass for Refugees and Exiles

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A prayer for challenging racism

God, you are the source of human dignity, and it is in your image that we are created.

Pour out on us the spirit of love and compassion.

Enable us to reverence each person,
to reach out to anyone in need,
to value and appreciate those who differ
from us,
to share the resources of our nation,
to receive the gifts offered to us
by people from other cultures.

Grant that we may always promote
the justice and acceptance
that ensures lasting peace and racial harmony.

Help us to remember that we are one world and one family.

Amen.

Source: http://www.socialjustice.catholic.org.au/publications/ten-step-leaflets/9-publications/47-prayer-cards#prayer-racism

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Way of the Cross

Prelude
Matthew 26:37-41

Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, "Sit here while I go over there and pray." …Then he said to them,

"My soul is sorrowful even to death. Remain here and keep watch with me." He advanced a little and fell prostrate in prayer, saying, "My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from me; yet, not as I will, but as you will." When he returned to his disciples he found them asleep.

He said to Peter, "So you could not keep watch with me for one hour? Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak."

Christ calls us to keep watch. Let us enter into this journey with Christ as we watch and pray over all that is going on in the world around us.

To continue praying the Way of the Cross with refugees, click here.

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God in Exile

God in Exile: Towards a Shared Spirituality with Refugees is intended for people involved in the mission of JRS and others who serve refugees and people on the move. It is the fruit of endeavours to meet a felt need in JRS, that of giving expression to the rich spirituality underlying the journey in exile and the specific JRS response.

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Homily

Homily of Bishop Mario Grech during a public manifestation held in Rabat, Gozo, on the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows.

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