OLVM Sisters offer Election Day prayer

Election day is not far away. This is a prayer service that we will be praying at Victory Noll on November 3rd. From your own homes, we invite all to join us in this prayer on that day.  Please also check out this statement signed by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious along with many other Heads of Washington Offices, calling for election integrity. 

Sr. Beatrice Haines, OLVM Social Justice Promoter



ELECTION DAY PRAYER



Introduction


Welcome to our Prayer for the World on this most important election day. I invite us in this prayer to join in an act of hope, that change is possible, that love is possible. And let us pray for the soul of our nation and for the strength and courage to recommit our hearts and hands to building a more perfect union. In the words of Martin Luther King, building a more perfect union means "creating a Beloved Community, ..."the love of God operating in the human heart."


Mantra: Confitemini Domino quoniam bonus. Confitemini Domino. Alleluia. (Trust in God, who alone is all Good.) Songs and Prayers from Taize


Reading


And so we join in an act of hope today, that change is possible, that love is possible. I would like to share a quote from Barak Obama's book, The Audacity of Hope.


Hope is not blind optimism. It's ignoring the enormity of the task ahead or the roadblocks that stand in our path. It's not sitting on the sidelines or shirking from a fight. Hope is that thing inside us that insists, despite all evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us if we have the courage to reach for it and to work for it, and to fight for it. Hope is the belief that destiny will not be written for us, but by us, by the men and women who are not content to settle for the world as it is, who have the courage to remake the world as it should be.


Bishop Robert W. McElroy, San Diego Diocese: In the closing remarks of his address to Congress in 2015, Pope Francis said a nation is great when it defends liberty as Abraham Lincoln did, when it seeks equality as Martin Luther King did, and when it strives for justice for the oppressed as Dorothy Day did. Let us pray that our nation moves toward such greatness in this election year.


Silent prayer


That all those who are working at the polls and all those that are going to the polls to vote, may be safe, we pray: Hear us, O God.


That we may increase our hope, love and courage, as we continue to build the beloved community no matter the results of the election, we pray:


That all who serve in our national and local governments, may commit themselves to building a more perfect union, we pray:


For reconciliation among families and friends, may we learn to love each other not despite but because of our differences and may we focus fully on the work that continues beyond this election--the work of building God's beloved community, we pray:


That those most affected by the choices we make, those who are made poor, those seeking safety in our land, those who are ill or without homes, those without food or meaningful work, and all whose lives are undervalued, that all these may find welcome in our hearts and in our country, we pray:


Silent Prayer


Mantra: Confitemini Domino quoniam bonus. Confitemini Domino. Alleluia. (Trust in God, who alone is all Good.)









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