Prayer for World Refugee Day – June 20, 2014
World Refugee Day is observed on June 20 of every year. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness about refugees around the world. Becoming Neighbours, a Joint Apostolic Ministry that introduces newcomers to friends and guides in Toronto, shared the following prayer:
God our refuge, we hold in our minds and hearts all those who flee their homes and seek safety in a new place. We pray for the 11.4 million people who have become refugees outside their own countries. We pray for the 33.3 million people who have been displaced within their own countries. May we realize that, in our interconnected world, we are linked with all displaced persons by our common humanity.
Be with us, God our refuge, as we remember all refugees who long for home as they weep beside the rivers of exile. In your mercy, grant them new life.
With your grace, help us to embody with them your compassion, justice and hope. Help us to recognize one another as neighbour. Amen.