September 18, 2020

Prayers for Racial Healing in Our Land

The following prayers were included in the program for the Mass for Peace and Justice held on Sept. 9 at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis.

  • Wake me up, Lord, so that the evil of racism finds no home within me. Keep watch over my heart, Lord, and remove from me any barriers to your grace that may oppress and offend my brothers and sisters. Fill my spirit, Lord, so that I may give services of justice and peace. Clear my mind, Lord, and use it for your glory. And finally, remind me, Lord, that you said, “blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.” Amen.
  • God of heaven and Earth, you created the one human family and endowed each person with great dignity. Aid us, we pray, in overcoming the sin of racism. Grant us your grace in eliminating this blight from our hearts, our communities, our social and civil institutions. Fill our hearts with love for you and our neighbor so that we may work with you in healing our land from racial injustice. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

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