A Prayer for Refugees

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 A Moment for Grace: A Prayer for Refugees

God of our Wandering Ancestors, Long have we known That your heart is with the refugee:

That you were born into time In a family of refugees Fleeing violence in their homeland,

Who then gathered up their hungry child And fled into alien country.

Their cry, your cry, resounds through the ages: “Will you let me in?”

Give us hearts that break open When our brothers and sisters turn to us with that same cry.

Then surely all these things will follow: Ears will no longer turn deaf to their voices.

Eyes will see a moment for grace instead of a threat. Tongues will not be silenced but will instead advocate.

And hands will reach out— working for peace in their homeland,

working for justice in the lands where they seek safe haven.

Lord, protect all refugees in their travels.

May they find a friend in me And so make me worthy Of the refuge I have found in you.



A PDF version of this prayer from Catholic Relief Services can be found here.

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