Refugee and Migrant Sunday – August 24
This week we will remember Refugee and Migrant Sunday. This day is a celebration of the dignity of people who are refugees and migrants and the contribution they have made to life in Australia.
We recall that your son, Jesus was a refugee in his infancy.
We remember that the Holy Family was forced to flee into Egypt.
Loving Father, you understand the pain and anguish of those who are forced to leave their homeland for all sorts of grave reason.
Help us, O Lord, to understand this experience more fully and to respond with gospel fervor to this enormous social issue of our times.
Grant us wisdom, prudence, and a real sense of loving kindness to understand the heartaches of those who find themselves as asylum seekers, migrants and refugees in our wonderful land of Australia.
Mary, Mother of all migrants and refugees, lead us to your Son Jesus, from whom all blessings flow.
We make this prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer written by Most Rev Christopher Prowse DD STD
Archbishop of Canberra and Goulburn