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Sisters Pray for the World on Parliament Hill

On Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010, many Sisters, in Ottawa for a Sisters of St. Joseph of Canada Federation gathering, circled the eternal flame on Parliament Hill to pray for the world. Sister Mary Alban Bouchard led the prayer with the following words:

This is a good place for us to be today, to be together, to consider and pray together for one another, for our beloved country, for all the dear neighbour nations throughout the world and for the wonderful earth, our home. So let us begin.

The response will be, Lord, hear our prayer. (sung)

Great and loving God of the Universe, our God, you created all things, you provide for their growth. We praise you. We thank you. May we always and everywhere perceive your goodness, your beauty and your light in the marvels of creation, we pray...

Use our hands, our ears, our hearts to be attentive to the tears of the poor, the cries of the hungry, the victims of natural disasters (Haiti, Pakistan, China and others areas), the victims of violence in our societies, and most of all, the victims of war (and let us remember especially the 42 million people forcibly displaced, among them 16 million refugees in our world today), we pray...

May all those, of whatever religion or belief, who love justice and pursue peace, work together in collaboration and without deceit to build a better world, we pray...

Forgiving God, touch all hearts with a spirit of forgiveness and reconciliation: roll away the stones of vengeance from all hearts and nations, for we are one human family; so for this we earnestly pray...

For all of the Sisters of St. Joseph, throughout the world and on all continents, with whom we here are in union, for all their ministries and associates, let us pray...

Now as we pray the following prayers, please respond with: Lord, send forth your Spirit and renew the face of the Earth: (sung)

Loving God, you are ultimate generosity and have promised to pour out your Spirit on those who ask. Send wisdom upon all leadership at all levels, but especially on elected representatives, on Canada's Prime minister, on our Church leaders, on the Secretary-General of the United Nations. May they listen to and hear the voices of those they represent and may all decisions be made with justice and, respect for human rights, so that the common good may flourish; we pray...

For all citizens of our country: may each one of us take responsibility for justice and peace and freedom and remember that "your rights are my duty and my rights are your duty" we pray ...

God of all goodness, this awesome Earth home, that has nourished us and been abused by human exploitation, also cries to us for restoration and for loving concern. May all Earth's inhabitants remember that we have a Covenant with the Earth as you, the Creator, have a Covenant with the human race.  May we honour you by respecting this unique planet in the Cosmos. We ask for this love and wisdom in the name of your Son, the Cosmic Christ, as we pray ...

Now let's sing for all the children of the Earth, all the little ones whose future is in our hands, as the Earth is in our hands and in God's hands.”

The Sisters then sang How Does the Earth written by Sr. Mary Alban Bouchard.

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