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Mary, you traveled alone

To reach the loving embrace

Of your beloved family member.

Elizabeth welcomed you with

Open arms and an open heart.

 

Be with those children

Who are traveling across borders

To seek solace with family.

Protect them from exploitation

And from traumatizing experiences.

 

Teach us by

The example of the Visitation.

Grant us open arms

And open hearts

To receive your children

 

 

 

Mary, you traveled alone

To reach the loving embrace

Of your beloved family member.

Elizabeth welcomed you with

Open arms and an open heart.

 

Be with those children

Who are traveling across borders

To seek solace with family.

Protect them from exploitation

And from traumatizing experiences.

 

Teach us by

The example of the Visitation.

Grant us open arms

And open hearts

To receive your children

Trying to find the way

To a new, life-giving home.

 

Guide our Church’s efforts

To advocate for reform

Of the U.S. immigration process

So all families can be reunited

In safety and security,

Without fear or terror.

 

Mary, Mother of the human family,

Help us end the misery

Of children separated from family

By man-made borders–

But not by love.

 

May they arrive, as you did,

To joy and to the benediction

Of a loving embrace.

Amen.

This prayer is for all unaccompanied children who cross the U.S.-Mexico border in search of a better life, leaving behind violence and tragedy in their home countries.

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Date Added: July 11, 2014

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