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Merry Christmas


WAKE UP AND HEAR OUR CRY

As we journey with the Holy Family to Bethlehem,

we pray for all who make forced journeys.

Give them strength to carry on and courage to walk the road ahead.


Wake up, little baby God

And hear our cry


As we hear the innkeeper say there is no room,

we pray for refugees for whom there is no country.

Gather them to yourself and keep them free from harm.


Wake up, little baby God

And hear our cry


As we contemplate that first Christmas night,

we pray for those with nowhere to lay their head.

Comfort them in their need and uphold them in their plight.

Wake up, little baby God

And hear our cry


As we listen to the cry of the infant king,

we pray for children everywhere born into poverty.

Wrap them in your love and uphold them in your tender mercy.


Wake up, little baby God

And hear our cry



As we remember the fear of the shepherds in the presence of the angels,

we pray for all who are afraid to look ahead.

Reassure them with your presence and embolden them to face the future.


Wake up, little baby God

And hear our cry


As we recall the flight of the Holy Family into Egypt,

we pray for all who flee from danger.

Enfold them in your care and challenge us to offer our protection.


Wake up, little baby God

And hear our cry

That justice may be born.


Amen.


Annabel Shilson-Thomas/CAFOD


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