We are one family under God

We are one people under God - Special Day of PrayerThe United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has designated Monday, December 12, The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, as a special day of prayer for immigrants and their families.

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose H. Gomez stated, “We want immigrants to know the Church is with them, offers prayers on their behalf, and is actively monitoring developments at the diocesan, state and national levels to be an effective advocate on their behalf.”

A Prayer for Migrant Families

Good and gracious God, we thank you for the gift of families.
We are grateful for all of the joy and love
that they bring into our lives,
and we ask that you provide
special protection for all families,
particularly those who face hardships
as they move in search of a better life.

Show mercy to those who travel in danger,
and lead them to a place of safety and peace.
Comfort those who are alone and afraid because
their families have been torn apart by violence and injustice.

As we reflect upon the difficult journey
that the Holy Family faced as refugees in Egypt,
help us to remember the suffering of all migrant families.
Through the intercession of Mary our Mother,
and St. Joseph the Worker, her spouse,
we pray that all migrants may be reunited with their loved ones
and find the meaningful work they seek.

Open our hearts so that we may provide hospitality
for all who come in search of refuge.
Give us the courage to welcome every stranger as Christ in our midst.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever. Amen.

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