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Global Wave of Prayer
Caritas Internationalis is calling on people around the world to pray at noon local time on Dec. 10 for an end to global hunger. This "wave of prayer" across time zones will mark the beginning of a campaign for Roman Catholic-related charities, called "One Human Family, Food for All." Pope Francis, who is supportive of the campaign, will issue a video message on that day.
In the United States, Bread for the World is urging its members to join other Christians and people of other faiths in this wave of prayer. Please plan to pray — individually, in small groups, in community gatherings, at your church — on Dec. 10 at noon. Some congregations will also be praying during their worship services on Dec. 8.
Below are the official Caritas Internationalis prayer and prayers from several other faith traditions. Feel free to use a prayer in your own tradition.
However we pray, let us raise our voices together, asking God's help and guidance in efforts to end hunger.
One Human Family, Food for All
O God, you entrusted to us the fruits of all creation so that we might care for the earth and be nourished with its bounty.
You sent us your Son to share our very flesh and blood and to teach us your Law of Love. Through His death and resurrection, we have been formed into one human family.
Jesus showed great concern for those who had no food — even transforming five loaves and two fish into a banquet that served five thousand and many more.
We come before you, O God, conscious of our faults and failures, but full of hope, to share food with all members in this global family.
Through your wisdom, inspire leaders of government and of business, as well as all the world’s citizens, to find just, and charitable solutions to end hunger by assuring that all people enjoy the right to food.
Thus we pray, O God, that when we present ourselves for Divine Judgment, we can proclaim ourselves as “One Human Family” with “Food for All”. Amen.
Official prayer from Caritas Internationalis for the "One Human Family, Food for All" campaign
You made all creation hungry. Like all your other creatures - puppies, kittens, colts, calves - we came into this world knowing hunger and waiting to be filled. Every day we repeat this ritual of need. Every day we are hungry. We pray for a moment of clarity that links us in our hunger to all peoples and creatures of the earth.
Lord, you are the God who wants us to have the gift of food. Your Holy Word places gardens, tables, and feasts among your people for generations - even in the desert and at the moments of deepest anguish, there is the Passover meal. There is no wilderness or doorway to death that takes us away from your bread. We pray to be a feeding people – to be known for nourishment among all the hungry in every circumstance.
In this season, we thank you for the birth of Jesus at Bethlehem, a town whose name means "house of bread." He, too, was born hungry; was fed and loved and put to sleep in a feeding trough. We see him break bread and create feasts in his daily ministry and in his parables. We hear his voice to the disciples - "Give them bread" - and we know these words are a command to us as well.
We are plagued by many hungers, Lord - many genuine, but some of greed. We confess that we see our own hunger, even our hungers of excess, but are blind to the simple hunger of the fragile and innocent. Our capacity to heal is a doorway for your spirit. We pray to be awake to this gift.
Father God, we are full of wonder for the strange feast of your great provision that enables us to feed others. It is no miracle to feed the world today. It is a matter of our will to BE LIKE CHRIST. We offer you our willingness to be partners with a kingdom assignment from Jesus, in whose name we pray.
From the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship
Dear God, whose eye is large,
Feels out of reach for those who today sit at tables empty of bread
Looking into children’s eyes, knowing tummies rumble with hunger.
Loving God, whose compassion includes all God’s creatures,
Seems elusive for those who today walk miles to find water
and walk the same miles to bring it back home,
sloshing in containers atop craned backs, and necks, and heads,
only to do the same thing again tomorrow.
Merciful God, whose kindness extends to people everywhere,
Feels distant to those who worry today desperately about what their children will wear or how they will find enough money for pencils, paper, book bags, simple supplies for school.
Just God, who sees how things really are,
Is falling down around us with huge inequities,
Piling up in some places where some have too much,
And can’t keep up with throwing the excess away.
And being pervasively absent in others,
Day after day, month after month, year after year.
Have mercy on us. Have mercy on us.
And in your mercy,
Make the mountains low and the valleys high.
Make the rough places smooth.
Open our eyes
To see what abundant life really means
And how we can deliberately choose to live so that
Abundant life is tangibly available to all.
Baptist prayer from Kenya
Oración: un acto de justicia social
Para que, movidos por el Espíritu del Señor, cada día sean más los que se comprometan a terminar con la pobreza y el hambre en nuestro tiempo.
Oremos con fe
Para que haya justicia en el mundo que lleve a una paz duradera.
Oremos con fe
Para que el espíritu de sabiduría guie las decisiones del gobierno de los Estados Unidos y el Congreso.
Oremos con fe
Para que aquellos que sufren de hambre e injustica encuentren la fortaleza que necesitan en Jesucristo.
Oremos con fe
Para que juntos en acción inspiremos a gobiernos, líderes y ciudadanos de todo el mundo a encontrar soluciones compasivas y justas para ayudar a que la gente vulnerable puede salir de la pobreza.
Oremos con fe
Para que al alimentarnos del Cuerpo y de la Sangre de Cristo dejemos que El viva en nosotros y guie nuestras acciones para terminar el hambre y la pobreza.
Oremos con fe
Que tu espíritu se regocije en todos nosotros y concédenos vivir en constante actitud de servicio a nuestros hermanos que padecen de hambre y viven en la pobreza.
En el nombre de Jesucristo nuestro Señor.
The Faith of a Mustard Seed
Father, we thank you, for you are not a man, that you should lie, nor a son of man, that you should change your mind. You will not leave us or forsake us! So with the faith of a mustard seed, we ask you to touch the hearts of our brothers and sisters across your nation, offer us strength to forgive, and compassion to love our neighbors from continent to continent. Teach us to be imitators of your Son, Jesus Christ. Make us fearless servants that go into your world to feed the hungry, cloth the naked, and visit the sick.
Father, give us who are affected by hunger within the walls of your universe the courage to not be silent any longer. Speak through us, Lord, to inspire the leaders of government and business so that we can end hunger. Open the ear gates of our government to hear the cries of desperation from the lips of the hungry. Soften the hearts of businesses to feel the need to be involved and not turn a blind eye of judgment on the most effected.
Father, we beseech thee! Renew our courage and faith, and remind us of Thy great sacrifice. This we pray in Jesus’ name, Amen.
By Ericka Elion
Sustain the Hungry
One Day, God, may it be Your will
That we live in a world perfected,
In which food comes to the hungry as from heaven
And water will flow to the thirsty as a stream.
But in the meantime,
While the world is filled with hunger,
Empower us to stand on your behalf
And fulfill the words of the prophet:
“to all who are thirsty bring water,”
And “greet those who wander with food.”
On this day, bless us that we should sustain the hungry.
Written by Rabbi Scott Perlo
For MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
Loaves and Fishes
Sharing the loaves and fishes,
You gave us an image of solidarity with the hungry, O Lord.
Sharing yourself in the Bread and Wine,
You called all to the table, O Lord.
Give me the hunger to be a part of the feeding
And the healing of this world.
Nourish me with your Grace,
So I may work with joy to serve your children.
Open my eyes and my heart
To recognize those in poverty
And increase my awareness
Of the structures and systems
That need to be changed
So we may all break bread together.
In your name we pray for the end of hunger.
By Education for Justice
Prayer for a Hungry "Stranger"
Lord Jesus Christ, Giver of abundant love,
guidance and protection,
our hearts are filled with gratitude.
Your love empowers us to do your will,
to be your hands and feet in this world,
for your purpose.
Your grace enables us to recognize injustice
and to partner in the restoration of brokenness in our
own lives and of unjust systems.
There is hunger and poverty in our world
that displaces our brothers and sisters from their homes and homelands.
Lord Jesus, we seek your shelter and protection.
Migrant workers harvest the food on our tables yet suffer
unsafe labor conditions and empty cupboards.
Lord Jesus, we imagine your harvest
to be rich and plentiful for all people
and that all people are fed and have a place at the table.
The decisions of lawmakers in this nation impact
the flourishing of millions children created in your image.
Lord Jesus, may we witness a change in this nation’s priorities so that
hunger is no longer acceptable.
May we see the dignity
of every person upheld, especially their right to food.
Lord Jesus, may we be strengthened by your example
to welcome the stranger, love our neighbor and feed the hungry
so that our brothers and sisters everywhere will flourish.
By Krisanne Vaillancourt Murphy
The Hungry You Fill With Good Things
Lord God, from the abundance of your mercies
You stretch out your hand to defend the poor.
You satisfy the thirsty soul,
And the hungry you fill with good things.
You give your people their daily bread,
And feed your children with finest wheat.
Inspire us by the example of your generosity
to share our food with the hungry.
Embolden us with your justice
To proclaim your saving help to rulers and nations,
That our world may yield its fruits,
And our neighbors may have their fill.
Provide for your world, Lord, and open your hand,
So that, strengthened by your blessings,
All may abound in thanksgiving
And bless you with hearts that are full.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
By Billy Kangas
Wave of Prayer to End Hunger
In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
Oh God, on this day, please unify all of humanity for the common good so that we may know each other ... so that we may help one another.
Guide us to help one another in sharing your fruits, in increasing awareness, in reaching one another with love.
Oh Sustainer, help us to overcome our shortcomings, so that we may give from ourselves to feed those who have no food; To help ease the suffering of those who have suffered without; To right the wrongs that have injured our souls and tainted our hearts away from you, from the greater good.
May we all share in the great bounty you have created on Earth so that the hunger we feel most be the one to please you and only you. Oh Merciful, have mercy on us.
Oh Gracious, open our eyes. Soften our hearts. Bless us that we should heal the world.
Oh Almighty, give our nation's leaders the moral clarity and determination to come together, in constructive dialog, to craft and pass policy that will end extreme hunger in America and around the world, in this generation.
Oh Lord, please help us to work together for a better world towards you, our Creator.
By Islamic Relief USA