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As Catholics, we recognize that prayer is of the utmost importance. In our mission to act with the Church to help the poor overseas, we begin with prayer. As we reach out to our sisters and brothers, we first seek God's grace and guidance, and then we work, animated by the Spirit that connects us.

Each month, we publish a new prayer that we ask the Church to join us in praying. Seeking God's guidance together, we are drawn closer together, and perhaps get a peek beyond the veil at the Kingdom he has promised, as together we work to make that Kingdom a reality for all.

We invite you to join us in praying this prayer with us each month, sharing it with families, parishes, and networks, so our hearts may be one and steadfast as we turn again to the work of the Lord: to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, welcome the stranger, clothe the naked, care for the sick and the captive.

And so we pray ...

Our Prayer for November

Song of Solidarity

‘. . . therefore I ask blessed Mary, ever Virgin,
all the angels and saints,
and you, my brothers and sisters,
to pray for me to the Lord our God.’

— The Confiteor

For the one who cannot rest,
For the one who cannot cry,
I bow and pray.

For the vulnerable,
For the lost,
For the broken,
For all those who’ve been told that this glorious created world
    and the Word of God that echoes through it
    is for others, but not for them,
I bow and pray.

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For the one who cannot stay,
For the one who cannot leave,
For the one who cannot forget,
For the one who cannot forgive,
I bow and pray.

For all the prayers that lie still in the hearts
Of the hungry, the thirsty, the homeless,
    the lonely, the imprisoned, the enslaved,
    the sick and the dying,
    those fearful or haunted by sin,
I kneel and say my prayers for them.

May others pray for me,
For I am a child of solidarity,
A member of the body of Christ,
And when my brother suffers, I suffer,
And when my sister rejoices, I rejoice.

I put aside my prayers for myself, Lord,
And pray for the one who cannot pray.
This is my song of solidarity.


Light a Virtual Votive

"In prayer, God keeps calling us, opening our hearts to charity."

— Pope Francis

Light a candle and say a prayer for your loved ones and our brothers and sisters around the world. Your intentions will be remembered at Mass offered in St. Stephen's Chapel at Catholic Relief Services world headquarters in Baltimore, Maryland.