Revolution of Love and Tenderness
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Art by Sr Mary Ann Osborne

Novena Day 4

Day Four
For all children in our world
St. Joseph, Foster Father of Jesus, Pray for Us!
 
Through the intercession of Saint Joseph, foster father of Jesus we pray for all children, for the unborn and for those who are born, for access to proper housing, clothing and food, healthcare, and education.
 
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 Holy Gospel according to Saint Mark (10-13-16)
 
And people were bringing children to him that he might touch them, but the disciples rebuked them. When Jesus saw this he became indignant and said to them, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Amen, I say to you, whoever does not accept the kingdom of God like a child* will not enter it.” Then he embraced them and blessed them, placing his hands on them.
The Gospel of the Lord.
 
Please observe a moment of silent reflection…
 
Let us pray:
Ever-loving God,
source of all life and salvation,
we pray for the protection and support of the life 
of children in the womb, 
of children who have no healthcare, 
of children who have no home,
of children who go hungry, 
of children who lack access to education, 
of children who are kept in cages at our boarders, 
of children forced to do child labor, 
and beg that you grace us with a consistent ethics of life in all we say and do.
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. Joseph, may we be inspired to speak and act in ways that foster the protection and support of all our children.
 
St. Joseph, pray for us.
 
May the Lord bless + us
protect us from all evil 
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.