The following are some offertory prayers from Pax Romana members for the Christmas season.
These prayers were shared with Pax Romana members during our prayer service.
Day 1: December 26th: A Prayer for Creation
(Elisabeth (Guigui) Müller, Colombia/Brazil)
Day 2: December 27th: A Prayer for Women
(Annemarie Weinzettl, Austria)
Day 3: December 28th :A Prayer for Young People
Theresia Anggraeni (Anggi), Indonesia
Day 4: December 29th: Pope Francis’ Prayer for Fraternity
(Pope Francis in Fratelli Tutti)
Lord, Father of our human family,
you created all human beings equal in dignity:
pour forth into our hearts a fraternal spirit
and inspire in us a dream of renewed encounter,
dialogue, justice and peace.
Move us to create healthier societies
and a more dignified world,
a world without hunger, poverty, violence and war.
May our hearts be open
to all the peoples and nations of the earth.
May we recognize the goodness and beauty
that you have sown in each of us,
and thus forge bonds of unity, common projects,
and shared dreams. Amen.
Day 5: December 30th: A Prayer for Migrants and Refugees
(Eduald Vendrell, Catalunya)
Day 6: December 31st
Day 7: January 1st (World Day of Peace): For A Culture of Care
(Pope Francis from his 2021 World Day of Peace Message)
The culture of care thus calls for a common, supportive and inclusive commitment to protecting and promoting the dignity and good of all, a willingness to show care and compassion, to work for reconciliation and healing, and to advance mutual respect and acceptance. As such, it represents a privileged path to peace. “In many parts of the world, there is a need for paths of peace to heal open wounds. There is also a need for peacemakers, men and women prepared to work boldly and creatively to initiate processes of healing and renewed encounter”.
At a time like this, when the barque of humanity, tossed by the storm of the current crisis, struggles to advance towards a calmer and more serene horizon, the “rudder” of human dignity and the “compass” of fundamental social principles can enable us together to steer a sure course. As Christians, we should always look to Our Lady, Star of the Sea and Mother of Hope. May we work together to advance towards a new horizon of love and peace, of fraternity and solidarity, of mutual support and acceptance. May we never yield to the temptation to disregard others, especially those in greatest need, and to look the other way; instead, may we strive daily, in concrete and practical ways, “to form a community composed of brothers and sisters who accept and care for one another”.
Day 8: January 2nd: A Prayer for prophetic responsibility
(Chris Malano, Hawaii)
Day 9: January 3rd : A Prayer for Human Rights
Philippe Grolleau, France
Day 10: January 4th: A Prayer for the Church
(Francesca Arcara, Catalunya/Italia)
Day 11: January 5th: For the Marginalized
Anushka Agarwal, National Convener of IMCS movement in India/AICUF.
Day 12: January 6th: For Our Centenary Year
Kevin Ahern, USA