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Prayers and Action for Immigrants

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immigrants crossing the US Mexico border

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is currently lobbying for comprehensive immigration reform. Between 1892 and 1997 the United States deported 2.1 million people.  By the end of next year the Obama administration will have deported that many in just six years. Thousands of children born in the United States have been thrown into foster care, and families are being torn apart.  When Jesus is asked in Matthew 25 who will get into heaven, he offers these criteria,

“I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me.”

You can send an electronic postcard to your senators and representatives showing your support for immigration reform at the USCCB’s Justice for Immigrants website.

In addition, prayers for migrants and refugees from Catholic Household Blessing and Prayers.

Dear Jesus, you came into this world as a migrant.

R/. We welcome you, Jesus.

There was no room for your family at the inn.

R/. We welcome you, Jesus.

Along with the angels in heaven. Along with the shepherds who wandered the hills.

R/. We welcome you, Jesus.

Along with the Magi who traveled from the East.

R/. We welcome you, Jesus.

Your family became refugees fleeing from Herod. In Egypt you were an alien.

R/. We welcome you, Jesus.

In your public life you did not have a place to rest.

R/. We welcome you, Jesus.

Dear Jesus, we see you today in refugees fleeing war and violence.

R/. We welcome you, Jesus.

In immigrants seeking a better life.

R/. We welcome you, Jesus.

In migrant workers who enrich our land with their labor.

R/. We welcome you, Jesus.

In seafarers and other people on the move.

R/. We welcome you, Jesus.

Dear Jesus you are the refuge of people on the move. We ask you to grant immigrants, refugees, and other migrants peace, protection, and comfort.  Help us to recognize that whenever we welcome the stranger in your name, we welcome you. Teach us to recognize your presence in every human being. Bring us together as one family, at the banquet table of your love, with you who live and reign with the Father, and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.