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Prayer Service for Immigrants

Thank you for the prayer service you posted on line. Here at the Mother House of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth, we plan to adapt it and use it during the next week for a special prayer service in connection with National Immigration Week. I have a picture I brought back from the shrine in Mexico City, but it is only of the bust and head of Our Lady of Guadalupe. You indicated you had some other images you could share. Do you have a full length lamina? If so, could you send it to me at the following address; you could also bill me at the same address.
 
Thank you.
 
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Sister Rose Dolores Hoffelmeyer, SCL
4200 S. 4th St.
Leavenworth, Kansas 66048

PROMOTE  THE IMMIGRANT PRAYER SERVICE IN YOUR SCHOOL OR PARISH IN HONOR OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE, MOTHER OF THE AMERICAS

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JUSTICE FOR IMMIGRANTS PRAYER SERVICE

Entrance Procession

 

Pax Christi representatives carrying an Icon of Our Lady of Guadalupe accompany the celebrant and other ministers

 

Entrance Hymn (Traditional Marian hymn)            

 

 

 

 

Celebrant

 

PEACE BE WITH YOU (PAUSE).

(RESPONSE)

 

mAY THE PEACE OF CHRIST BE WITH US ALL & WITH ALL THE WORLD

 

bLESSED ARE you … FOR when I was a stranger, you welcomed me                                                                                       

                                                                                                 ~ Matthew 25:35

 

( the icon is placed on an easel in front of the pulpit where it remains throughout the Mass)

 

PAX CHRISTI

 

AS Christians  THE GOSPEL CHALLENGEs us to act on behalf of those less fortunate then ourselves.  THIS IS A TIME, NOT FOR NEW STATEMENTS, BUT FOR NEW REFLECTION, ACTION, ADVOCACY, AND URGENCY. The plight of immigrant today is a matter of justice. As aN INTEGRAL PART OF OUR CHRISTIAN WITNESS, The  CONFERENCE OF CATHOLIC BISHOPS is calliing upon us as catholics to act on behalf of our immigrant brothers and sisters and to speak out for  just and sensible immigration reform.

  

Celebrant

( with holy water or incense)

        

ON THIS OCCASION WE bless and honor this image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the mother of all the americas. we turn to her in this hour of need. We beg her to look down upon her children, upon us that in this hour we might be made worthy of the promises of her divine Son. As we recall our baptisimal promises let us listen to her words to Juan Diego:

 Know my son, my much beloved, that I am the ever Virgin Mary, Mother of the True God who is the Author of life, the Creator of all things, the Lord of heaven and earth, present everywhere……. as a loving mother to thee and those like thee, I shall show my tender clemency and the compassion I feel for the natives and for those who love and seek me, for all who implore my protection, who call on me in their labors and afflictions: and in which I shall hear their weeping and their supplications that I may give them consolation and relief.

(Our Lady's words to her servant Juan Diego).

 

(Asperges: as the celebrant blesses the congregation a traditional Marian Hymn is invoked and sung).

 

Upon returning to the sanctuary an appropriate Marian prayer ( Hail Mary or see blow) is invoked, followed by the invocation: Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us ( 3times),

 

The mass continues.

 

Talking points

 

US Catholic Bishops have grown increasingly disturbed by the current public discourse surrounding immigrants, in which newcomers are characterized as a threat and not a benefit. Anti-immigration fervor on TV & radio shows, citizens attempting to enforce immigration laws and, most disturbingly, the enactment of restrictive immigration laws are evidence of this negative public environment.                               Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrickJustice for Immigrants Campaign

 

…the illegal immigrant comes before us as a stranger within whom Jesus asks to be recognized. To welcome him and to show him solidarity is a duty of hospitality and fidelity to Christian identity itself. ~ Pope John Paul II

 

…when there are just reasons in favor of it, a person must be permitted to emigrate to other countries and take up residence there. The fact that he is a citizen of a particular state does not deprive him of membership in the human family…Pacem in Terris, Pope John XXIII

 

Catholic tradition cites Abraham’s hospitality to three strangers that came upon the road while he was praying as representing the triune God, whom Abraham welcomed into his home. Their revelation was a blessing unto the whole world, for he was to have a son by Sarah and through him his descendents would be as many as the stars in the heavens.

Christians have always welcomed the stranger in their midst as Christ himself. Compassion, shelter and hospitality to the homeless, migrants, and refugees is no less a requirement of the Gospel today.

Numerous Gospel passages highlight the centrality of hospitality for the Christian. Among them the flight into Egypt, the Good Samaritan,  the disciples on the way to Emmaus, the last judgement, etc.

 

"Listen and let it penetrate your heart...do not be troubled or weighed down with grief. Do not fear any illness or vexation, anxiety or pain. Am I not here who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not your fountain of life? Are you not in the folds of my mantle? In the crossing of my arms? Is there anything else you need?" Words of Our Lady to Juan Diego

 

Prayer of the Faithful

 

LET US PRAY FOR THE HOMELESS, POLITICAL REFUGEES, AND IMMIGRANTS WHO SEEK refuge in America TO SUPPORT THEIR FAMILIES AT HOME. May they find welcome and encouragement through the generosity and Hospitality of Catholics EVERYWHERE. We praytothe Lord.

 

LET US PRAY FOR THE PERPETRATORS OF RACISM. MAY THEY REPENT OF THEIR SIN, TURN THEIR HEARTS AWAY FROM HATRED AND EMBRACE THEIR VICTIMS AS JESUS COMMANDS AND THE CHURCH TEACHES. WE PRAY TO THE LORD

 

May the Bishops campaign seeking Justice for Immigrants stir in the hearts of the faithful a compassion for the DOWNTRODDEN, a zeal for the Gospel’s commitmant to the homeless and the less fortunate, and a resolve to act on their behalf. We pray to the Lord

 

 

 

             Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

 

Immaculate Heart of Mary,
help us to conquer the menace of evil,
which so easily takes root in the hearts of the people of today,
and whose immeasurable effects
already weigh down upon our modern world
and seem to block the paths toward the future.


From famine and war, deliver us.
From nuclear war, from incalculable self-destruction, from every kind of war, deliver us.
From sins against human life from its very beginning, deliver us.
From hatred and from the demeaning of the dignity of the
children of God, deliver us.
From every kind of injustice in the life of society, both national
and international, deliver us.
From readiness to trample on the commandments of God,
deliver us.
From attempts to stifle in human hearts the very truth of God,
deliver us.
From the loss of awareness of good and evil, deliver us.
From sins against the Holy Spirit, deliver us.
Accept, O Mother of Christ,
this cry laden with the sufferings of all individual human beings,
laden with the sufferings of whole societies.
Help us with the power of the Holy Spirit conquer all sin:
individual sin and the "sin of the world,"
sin in all its manifestations.
Let there be revealed once more in the history of the world
the infinite saving power of the redemption:
the power of merciful love.
May it put a stop to evil.
May it transform consciences.
May your Immaculate Heart reveal for all the light of hope. Amen

 

 

For Pictures of Our Lady of Guadalupe contact:

peacelongbeach@optonline.net or MexGrocer.c

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 "War destroys. And we must cry out for peace.
Peace sometimes gives the idea of stillness, but it is never stillness.
It is always an active peace.
I think that everyone must be committed in the matter of peace,
to do everything that they can,
what I can do from here.
Peace is the language we must speak."
Pope Francis

 

 

 
                                            ~Pope FRANCIS