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December 16

 

Monday of the Third Week of Advent

  • Listen to the First Lesson in our Festival of Lessons & Carols.
  • On this day, in many Latin American communities Las Posadas begin– reenactments of the Holy Family's journey to Bethlehem. Did you know that the nine-day novena represents the nine months of pregnancy, specifically the pregnancy of Mary carrying Jesus?

  • Like the difficult journey of the Holy Family, migrants and refugees overcome long journeys and many obstacles to seek freedom and opportunity in the United States.  Here is a prayer for their protection:

    Merciful and loving Father,
    you provided for your people Israel in their exodus
    from slavery
    a promised land that you established for them,
    and in Jesus Christ you provide welcome refuge for all in need.

    We ask for your divine protection for all migrants
    who have left their homes in search of new
    opportunity in another land.
    For refugees, who are forced from their homes due to
    threats of violence,
    we beseech you to provide them a safe haven.
    For migrants trafficked into slavery,
    grant them rescue, healing, and the strength to
    start again.

    For immigrants, who so often leave their family and
    friends behind,
    grant them a better life and greater opportunity
    elsewhere.

    We pray in particular for your protection over migrant
    children who are vulnerable to exploitation and abuse
    at the hands of others.

    We implore you to grant all migrants your protection
    and lead them to a place of safety.
    Be with all those in need with your power to save.

    Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
    who lives and reigns with you in the unity of theHoly Spirit,
    one God, forever and ever.

    Amen.



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