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Litany for Workers (in both English and Spanish) , by: Education for Justice

This two-page bi-lingual Labor Day litany for worker justice can be used with both English and Spanish-speaking audiences. ...more

Prayer to Make Poverty History , by: Cardinal O'Brien

Lord of Life,
Open our eyes to make us:
Aware of the poverty suffered by others;
Aware of the immorality of allowing that suffering to take place;
Aware of our rights as citizens to be heard;
Aware of the men, women and children dying as we speak;
Aware that our solidarity gives us strength;
Aware that our leaders may turn a deaf ear but Almighty God hears our cry;
And aware that only together can we: Make Poverty History.

Give us the strength and determination to work towards solutions

Prayer for Fathers of the World , by: Education for Justice

We give thanks for fathers all around the world. We hold up to you the pains and sufferings of fathers who cannot care for their children because of unjust systems, policies and structures.

Prayer for Asylum Seekers , by: Education for Justice

"Hear my words, my groans,
my cries for help,
O God my king.
I pray to you, Lord,
my prayer rises with the sun.
At dawn I plead my case and wait."
Psalm 5:2-4

"How can the baptized claim to welcome Christ if they close the door to the foreigner who comes knocking?"
Pope John Paul II

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,

Prayer for Pentecost , by: Education for Justice

adapted from a prayer by Janet Chrisholm

Beloved God, we give you thanks for your guidance and inspiration and the promise of Hope in our time.

You call us to love in a time of indifference, to nonviolence in a time of injustice, and to life in a time of death. You teach us not only how to live, but how to die; how to transform not only the world but our own broken hearts, as well. Your Incarnation transcends all our dreams for a better world and declares your reign here and now, at this very moment in human history.

Prayer for the Uninsured , by: National Council of Churches

God of Life, we pray this day for those whose dying is hastened by lack of access to health care.

God of Love, we pray this day for the millions of people who do not have health care coverage,
that their pain and anxiety will be relieved and that our hearts will be moved to help them.

God of Justice, we pray this day that our nation will work as one to see that all people have the
health care they need.

Make Us Whole , by: National Council of Churches

We know God's desire for our health and wholeness through Jesus Christ, who healed the sick in mind, body and spirit. Let us pray to the Lord, saying,

"Lord, make us whole."

For the Global Church, that like Jesus, who healed the sick and welcomed the outcasts, we minister to all who suffer in mind, body and spirit and call for care that excludes none, we pray to the Lord:

Lord, make us whole.

For our nation and our leaders, that we assure health care for everyone and so doing discover that

Prayer to God, Our Mother , by: Medical Missions Sisters

God our Mother,
Living water,
River of mercy,
Source of Life,
In whom we live and move
and have our being,
Who quenches our thirst,
Refreshes our weariness,
Washes and cleanses our wounds,
Be for us always
A fountain of life
And for all the world
A rive of hope
Springing up in the midst
Of the deserts of despair
Honor and blessings
Glory and praise
To God forever.
Amen.

Native American Prayers for the Earth , by: Education for Justice

Earth, Teach Me

Earth teach me quiet ~ as the grasses are still with new light.
Earth teach me suffering ~ as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility ~ as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring ~ as mothers nurture their young.
Earth teach me courage ~ as the tree that stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation ~ as the ant that crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom ~ as the eagle that soars in the sky.
Earth teach me acceptance ~ as the leaves that die each fall.

John Paul II's Prayer for Peace , by: John Paul II

Lord Jesus Christ, who are called the Prince of Peace, who are yourself our peace and reconciliation, who so often said, "Peace to you," grant us peace. Make all men and women witnesses of truth, justice, and brotherly [and sisterly] love. Banish from their hearts whatever might endanger peace. Enlighten our rulers that they may guarantee and defend the great gift of peace. May all peoples on the earth become as brothers and sisters. May longed-for peace blossom forth and reign always over us all.

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