Revolution of Love and Tenderness
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Art by Sr Mary Ann Osborne

Novena Day 1

Day One
A Prayer for Justice and Peace 
St. Martin de Porres, Advocate for Justice and Peace, Pray for Us!
 
Through the intercession of Saint Martin de Porres, Patron Saint of social justice and of all those who are seeking justice and equality for all people, we pray for a revolution of love and tenderness and for the cultivation of a culture of encounter and compassion.
 
In the name of the Father, 
and of the Son, 
and of the Holy Spirit.
Amen.
 
Our Father, 
who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. 
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread, 
and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.'
For the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory are yours, now and for ever.
Amen.
 
Hail Mary, 
full of Grace,
the Lord is with thee,
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Pray for us sinners,
Now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.
 
Glory be to the Father,
and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now,
and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.
 
A Reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah (2:3-4)
 
Many peoples shall come and say: “Come, let us go up to the LORD’s mountain, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may instruct us in his ways, and we may walk in his paths.” For from Zion shall go forth instruction, and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem. He shall judge between the nations, and set terms for many peoples. They shall beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks; One nation shall not raise the sword against another, nor shall they train for war again. House of Jacob, come, let us walk in the light of the LORD!
The Word of the Lord.
 
Please observe a moment of silent reflection…
 
Let us pray:
Ever-loving God,
herald of justice and harbinger of peace,
grant us a vision for our world as you dreamt it:
a world where the riches of creation are shared by all,
a world where the weak are protected,
a world where no-one goes hungry,
a world where different races and cultures live in harmony and mutual respect,
a world where peace is built with justice, and justice is guided by love.
Grant us the courage to witness to your vision for our world
and give us the strength and perseverance to help build it.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
 
And as we continue our journey toward Election Day,let us pray:
All-powerful God, 
inspire us to be faithful followers of Jesus,
send down your Holy Spirit to form our conscience,
and grant us the wisdom and strength to always act according to your will. 
Give us the courage to build bridges where walls have divided, 
bestow on us the grace  to bind all wounds of fear and anger,
and weave us together into the people you call your own.
Bless us with leaders who speak the truth and who act with justice,
bless us with leaders who are filled with wisdom and who govern with compassion, 
and bless us with leaders who are committed to the common good and the healing of our broken world. 
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.
 
Through the intercession of St. Martin de Porres may we be inspired to speak and act in ways that bring about justice and peace.
 
St. Martin de Porres, pray for us.
 
May the Lord bless + us 
protect us from all evil 
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.