Prayers for Refugees
the suffering, the displaced, homeless,
victims of tragedy.
- "[T]he angel of the Lord
appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, "Rise, take the child and his
mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going
to search for the child to destroy him." Joseph rose and took the child
and his mother by night and departed for Egypt." Matt. 2:13-14. Hospitality
is required, Matthew
25:35; Matthew 25:38; Matthew 25:43 (New International Version)
or see Matt.
25:31ff in the NAB.
- "So you too must befriend the alien, for you were once aliens
yourselves in the land of Egypt." Deut.
10:19 NAB. (And justice
is also required.)
- "For you are a refuge to the poor, a refuge to the needy in
distress; Shelter from the rain, shade from the heat. As with the cold
- as with the desert heat, even so you quell the uproar of the
On that day it will be said: "Behold
our God, to whom we looked to save
us! This is the LORD for whom we looked; let us rejoice and be glad
that he has saved us!" Is.
1. For refugees
and victems of war.
English prayer for refugees.
Catholic Bishops prayer for Migrants and Refugees.
5. "The presence and power of God now embraces
all those affected by Hurricane Katrina [or name a different disaster].
God's comfort consoles those
who have lost loved ones. God's peace and tranquility touch those who
have lost their lives. God's healing presence is quickened in those
who have been injured. God's blessed assurance uplifts the survivors
and blesses them with faith and hope. God's protection and wisdom
quicken the minds and bodies of all those who are providing medical
aid, relief and rescue. Thank you, God, that all hurting hearts are
healed by your abiding love." Based on Ps. 91, from the
Church of the Hills.
6. "A prayer for refugees
- Compassionate God, make your loving presence
felt to refugees, torn from home, family and everything familiar. Warm,
especially, the hearts of the young, the old, and the most vulnerable
among them. Help them know that you accompany them as you accompanied
Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in their exile to Egypt. Lead refugees to
a new home and a new hope, as you led the Holy Family to
their new home in Nazareth. Open our hearts to receive them as our
sisters and brothers in whose face we see your son, Jesus. Amen." UNHCR.
7. Prayer for Migrants and Refugees
- "Father of the poor, God of love, you made us
all your children; we praise You and thank You. Full us with a sense of
justice. Help us in your work, to take the side of the lowly, to defend
the newcomer, to welcome the stranger. Help us now to befriend the
friendless, protect the weak children, and work for the rights of all.
Lord, on our journey home, bring us together in peace, in justice, and
in love, through Christ our Lord. Amen. " Prayer E-Book: Petition Prayers.
8. A prayer from UNIYA,
from the Lutheran Church:
- "For those in Affliction.
- Almighty God, cast not away your people who
cry out to you in their trublation; but for the glory of your Name, be
pleased to aid the afflicted; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord.
- For those in Affliction.
- O LORD, look down from heaven, behold, visit
and relieve your servants, for whom we offer our suppilcations; look
upon them with the eyes of your mercy; give them comfort and sure
confidence in you; defend them from the danger of the enemy, and keep them in
perpetual peace and safety; through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord.
- For the sick.
- ALMIGHTY, Everlasting God, the eternal
Salvation of them that believe: Hear our prayers in behalf of your
servants who are sick, for whom we implore the aid of your mercy, that
being restored to health, they may render thanks to you in your Church;
through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord. Amen."
10. The votive mass for refugees and
- "Lord, no one is a stranger to you
- and no one is ever far from you loving care.
- In your kindness watch over refugees and
- those separated from their loved ones,
- young people who are lost,
- and those who have left or run away from
- Bring them back safely to the place where
they long to be
- and help us always to show your kindness
- to strangers and those in need." New St. Joseph People's Prauer Book,
#331, Catholic Book Publishing Co. (1980).
11. Lord God of love and goodness, I do not
believe you want people to suffer, but I do believe we must at times
experience trials, evils, and the harm that results from sin and
mistake. As you suffered on the cross for our sake, I ask you to join
us now in our time of difficulty. Be present to us and sustain us in
our time of trial. Please work to alleviate the pain and suffering of
those who are victims of tragedy and who have had to leave their
homes. Please inspire all who can help to come to the aid of all
those in need. Father, I ask this in the name of Jesus, the Christ,
your son, and in union with the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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