A Prayer for Solidarity

A Prayer for Solidarity reminds us of the continued need to remember our brothers and sisters who experience the horrors of human trafficking, and how our prayers remind us to turn to God in our all human longings and sufferings.

V: O God, come to our aid.
R: O Lord, make haste to help us.

Glory be ... 

Psalm 27(28): 1-3, 6-9

To you, O Lord, I call,
my rock, hear me.
If you do not heed I shall become
like those in the grave.

Hear the voice of my pleading
as I call for help
as I lift up my hands in prayer
to your holy place.

Do not drag me away with the wicked,
with the evil-doers,
who speak words of peace to their neighbours
but with evil in their hearts.

Blessed be the Lord for he has heard
my cry, my appeal.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
in him my heart trusts.

I was helped, my heart rejoices
and I praise him with my song.

The Lord is the strength of his people,
a fortress where his anointed find help.
Save your people; bless Israel your heritage.
Be their shepherd and carry them for ever.

Silent Meditation 

We stand in solidarity with the men, women and children who experience untold hardships, sufferings and pain of the realities of their circumstances of being trafficked. For victims who come out of their circumstances we pray for their healing and restoration.

Gospel Reading & Reflection:

The Beatitudes (Matthew 5: 1-12)
Matthew’s Beatitudes remind us of the Kingdom of God and how it is to be realised in our lives. Jesus in the Gospel makes demands on his followers. The cross we pick up is not made of wood but of concrete human situations of lamentations and the marginalised. We are to share in Jesus’s mission to the poor, the lowly, the forgotten, the voiceless and those who are socio-economically disadvantaged; the men, women and children, victims of human trafficking.

Guided Reflection:

Are we ready to be merciful? 
Are we bold enough to be righteous? 
Can we suffer persecution and ask to be strengthened with grace?

Intercessions

Let us pray to the Lord who reminds us of the lost, the last and the least in the Gospels of faith, justice and peace, the Lord and author of life. 
R: Lord, help us to see you in the lost, the last and the least.

God our Father, you have from the time of Moses heard the cries of your people, help us not to be oblivious to the cries of the victims of human trafficking, men, women and children who are trafficked for forced labour and sexual slavery. 
R: Lord, help us to see you in the lost, the last and the least.

Lord Jesus, in the Gospels you have touched the hearts of many with your compassion, understanding and generosity. May we as a community of faith in our parishes, homes, BECs and workplaces speak out against human trafficking, and stand in solidarity with our victimised brothers and sisters. 
R: Lord, help us to see you in the lost, the last and the least.

Merciful Redeemer, as the local church conscientises her children on the Catholic social teachings and documents of the church, may we as a people of faith open our minds and hearts to your call to follow You and to understand Your words. 
R: Lord, help us to see you in the lost, the last and the least.

You promised us the gift of the Holy Spirit. We turn to you to ask for the wisdom, strength and courage to respond even when we feel discouraged or fearful when standing up for the rights of the victims of human trafficking. 
R: Lord, help us to see you in the lost, the last and the least.

Help us Father in heaven to be always mindful of seeking your glory and kingdom, and not to be mere activists without prayer and the sacraments of holy mother Church. 
R: Lord, help us to see you in the lost, the last and the least.

Our Father who art in heaven ...

Concluding Prayer

Almighty and merciful God, fill us with a holy joy, courage and the steadfastness needed to make a difference in the lives of our brothers and sisters who are victims of global human trafficking. Help us when we falter and waver in our commitments to make a difference and raise awareness of this sinful reality. We make our prayer through Christ Our Lord. Amen.