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Litany for immigrants, refugees and sojourners

November 17, 2011

The following litany was created by Dianne Aid, a parishioner at St. Matthew/San Mateo, an Episcopal parish and Jubilee Ministry in Auburn, Wash.


He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High,*

abides under the shadow of the Almighty.

He shall say to the Lord, “You are my stronghold,*

my God in whom I put my trust.”

He shall deliver you from the snare of the hunter*

and from the deadly pestilence.

He shall cover you with his pinions, and you shall find refuge under his wings;*

his faithfulness shall be a shield and buckler. (Psalm 91: 1-4)


In the beginning, God moved over the chaos of the Earth.  We, created in the image of God are also on the move and charged to care for Creation.

Bless those who come to plant, harvest and feed the human race.

God in your love, hear our prayer.

From Eden, all have traveled to the lands of the Earth.  God protected us on the way with clothing for our journey.

Give those who travel now what they need for their journey, food, water, shelter, safety.

God in your love, hear our prayer.

The Holy Mothers and Fathers of our faiths fled from natural disasters of floods and famines.

God of Noah, Abraham and Sarah and Hagar, open our hearts to refugees around us.

God of love, hear our prayer.

In strangers, Yahweh appeared to Abraham and Sarah.

In their example we shall offer hospitality to strangers in our midst.

God of hospitality sustain your people.

Remember Joseph, sold into slavery, First Nations Peoples forced from their lands, Africans captured, separated and sold for profit.

God of mercy reconcile us.

Moses, rescued from the river in the face of danger, was cared for in an adopted land

God of mercy, hear our prayer.

As sojourners, our communities, like the Hebrews travel with God around us, above us, under us and before us.

God of the roads traveled by your children, hear our prayer.

God who commanded the Hebrew community to love the stranger, for they were strangers in the land of Egypt continues a mandate of justice and hospitality.

God, who welcomes all, hear our prayer.

In the name of God, let us welcome strangers and treat each one as a citizen among us.

God of Justice, guide us as a nation in our own practices.

God, hear our prayer.

Protect all families, remembering Jesus the refugee who with Mary and Joseph sought sanctuary in Egypt.

God of mercy, protect families today who flee from war, famine and economic oppression.

God of love, hear our prayer.

Take heart in the words of Malachi (3:5) “I will be swift to bear witness against those who oppress the hired workers in their wages, the widow and the orphan, against those who thrust aside the alien and do not fear me”

God of our ancestors and of our present.

In your justice, hear our prayer.

As Jesus stood with the workers in the vineyards calling for just wages, God calls us to stand with workers today, calling for living wages and just working conditions.

God of Justice, hear our prayer.

In the words of Jesus:  “I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in” (Matthew 25:35)


(Dianne Aid, TSSF, Washington New Sanctuary Movement)

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