Use these prayers for the poor in your liturgies and prayer groups to pray on behalf of those living in poverty worldwide, and to draw us all closer in solidarity with the vulnerable.
Prayer for peace in Syria
God of Compassion,
Hear the cries of the people of Syria,
Bring healing to those suffering from the violence,
Bring comfort to those mourning the dead,
Strengthen Syria’s neighbors in their care and welcome for refugees,
Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arms,
And protect those committed to peace.
God of Hope,
Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with enemies,
Inspire the Church around the world with compassion for the people of Syria,
And give us hope for a future of peace built on justice for all.
We ask this through Jesus Christ,
Prince of peace and light of the World.
Prayer for an end to human trafficking
Oh, God, we didn’t see them.
But you did—
The hundred and thousands of human beings
Trafficked each year to join the millions who are trapped in modern-day slavery
Under terrible conditions, they work in factories, plough fields,
harvest crops, work quarries, fill brothels, clean homes, and haul water
Many are children with tiny fingers for weaving rugs
and small shoulders for bearing rifles
Their labor is forced, their bodies beaten, their faces hidden
from those who don’t really want to see them.
But you see them all, God of the poor.
You hear their cry and you answer by
opening our eyes, and breaking our hearts
and loosening our tongues to insist:
No mas. No more.
Prayer To Care For Our Common Home
Father Of All,
Creator And Ruler Of
You Entrusted Your World To Us As A Gift.
Help Us To Care For It And All People,
That We May Live In Right Relationship–
With One Another,
And With Creation.
Christ Our Lord,
Both Divine And Human,
You Lived Among Us And Died For Our Sins.
Help Us To Imitate Your Love For The Human Family
By Recognizing That We Are All Connected—
To Our Brothers And Sisters Around The World,
To Those In Poverty Impacted By Environmental Devastation,
And To Future Generations.
Giver Of Wisdom And Love,
You Breathe Life In Us And Guide Us.
Help Us To Live According To Your Vision,
Stirring To Action The Hearts Of All—
Individuals And Families,
Communities Of Faith,
And Civil And Political Leaders.
Help Us To Hear The Cry Of Those In Poverty,
And The Cry Of The Earth,
So That We May Together Care For Our Common Home.
This Prayer From The United States Conference Of Catholic Bishops Is Based On Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’: On Care For Our Common Home