Year of Faith: Option for the Poor
We deepen our relationship with Christ by spending time with Scripture and with key documents of our Church.
Leader: We are gathered this evening in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Leader: Our day is drawing to a close, yet our minds still gather images of those whose daily needs have gone unmet. We think of people suffering in the aftermath of natural disasters, of the poor around the globe, of those who do not have a place to lay their heads. All those who suffer are especially present with us tonight. We lift them up to you, and we pray in thanksgiving for all those who work tirelessly to ease their suffering.
All: That abundance may flourish in his days,
great bounty, till the moon be no more.
Reader: O God, give your judgment to the King;
Your justice to the King's Son;
That he may govern your people with justice,
your oppressed with right judgment.
Reader: That the mountains may yield their bounty for the people,
and the hills great abundance.
That he may defend the oppressed among the people,
save the children of the poor and crush the oppressor.
Reader: For he rescues the poor when they cry out,
the oppressed who have no one to help.
He shows pity to the needy and the poor
and saves the lives of the poor.
Reader: May his name be forever;
as long as the sun, may his name endure.
May the tribes of the earth give blessings with his name;
may all the nations regard him as favored.
Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel,
who alone does wonderful deeds.
Psalm 72:7, 2–4, 12–13, 17–18 (New American Bible)
Optional Song: "Psalm 34: The Cry of the Poor," music by John Foley, S.J.
Reading: Isaiah 61:1–11
Leader: God of justice and mercy, we know that you hear our prayers and answer them. This evening, we bring to you the cries of the poor.
We lift up the work of Catholic Relief Services and all those serving the poor around the globe. We pray for their staff and leadership, and give thanks for their witness. We pray to the Lord.
Leader will invite participants to offer their own prayers.
Our Father [pray together]
Leader: God, we await the coming of Jesus, who is our justice and peace. Strengthen us so that we may be ready to stand before Jesus confident that we have proclaimed your name as God who saves. We ask this in the name of Jesus.
Leader: May God grant us a restful night and a peaceful death.