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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 January

One Day in Time
A Prayer of Epiphany

Epiphany prayer from Catholic Relief Services.

Lord of All Nations,

We longed to see your face, to hear your voice.

We kept the faith, and reached out in prayer

But too often, we failed to find you.

And then, one day in time

You placed yourself within reach

In the person of a child, as vulnerable as any of us.

King and peasant beheld you—

Man and woman,

The slave and the free,

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Jew and gentile—

For you had come for all.

“Epiphany,” we called it

A living manifestation of the God we call on.

We have since known other epiphanies.

We have met you in the faces of our brothers,

The grace of our sisters,

The hand that reaches out,

The heart that weeps for the other,

In the strength of one who protects,

In the gentleness of one who forgives.

We have seen your face.

We have heard your voice.

As broken as we are—

As scared and hollowed and sinful—

May others see something of you in us,

May they hear the sound of your voice.

May you be revealed to all nations,

All peoples on earth,

And may epiphanies abound.

Be born in us, O Lord.

Amen


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.