For three days before this prayer service each sister can place peace /nonviolent symbols in a central place for all to contemplate. This activity will be the focus of the faith sharing in the prayer service.
We Are Called (Haas)
Bring Forth The Kingdom (Haugen)
Reconciling Creation (Likovich, Roberts)
Call To Prayer:
Each sister will take a few moments of silence to find her center.
We gather this day to remember Martin Luther King, Jr. who gave his life for the Christian values of nonviolence, peace, and acceptance of all races. Jesus himself gave this gift of peace to His apostles to share with all and He asks us as His followers to do the same in our personal, as well as communal lives. In this spirit let us pray...
37:1-9; 46; 92.
Isaiah 45:15-25; 1 Corinthians 13; Tobit 13:18
In what ways has Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights movement impacted your life?
The leader invites the sisters to share their peace/nonviolent symbols from the prayer table.
Gospel Canticle Antiphon:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. Not as the world gives do I give to you.
On this day, we remember the many ways that we have discriminated against so many people. We confess our need to turn away from the sin of our prejudice, to turn toward the God of all people. This day we pray for those who have suffered oppression, of any kind.
Response: In your mercy, heal us.
For open eyes to see others as our sisters and brothers, we pray...
For all who have suffered persecution because of their race, faith, or lack of education, we pray...
For all perpetrators of injustice, we pray...
For what else do we pray...