For the Refugees of the World

In honour of World Refugee Day.

Hear our prayer, O Lord, and give ear unto our cry: We are strangers with thee, and sojourners, as all our fathers were: bondmen whom thou leddest out of oppression through a mighty hand and by a stretched out arm. Grant us, therefore, the meekness of heart to preserve the stranger, as thou hast done, and to relieve the fatherless and widows. Send us thy Holy Spirit to inspire us to feed the hungry, and give drink to the thirsty; to take in the stranger; to clothe the naked; and to visit the sick and the prisoner. For only as we do unto the least of these our brethren do we show forth the love of Jesus Christ to all unbelievers; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with the and the Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.

Written originally in response to the plight of Syrian refugees following the attacks in Paris on 13 November 2015.

Francken Sieben Werke der Barmherzigkeit

The Seven Works of Mercy, by Frans Francken the Younger (1581–1652). From Wikipedia.

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