Litanies

LITANY from the WORDS of CESAR CHAVEZ (Leader) & SCRIPTURE (Response)
INTERCESSORY PRAYER for FARM WORKERS
A CHRISTIAN LABOR DAY LITANY
A THANKSGIVING LITANY
LITANY of THANKSGIVING
LITANY of THANKS –
INTERCESSION:FOR THE RECONCILIATION OF ALL PEOPLE THROUGH THE REVOLUTION OF NON-VIOLENT LOVE
PRAYER of COMMITMENT
A CHRISTIAN CONFESSION of REJECTING TRUTH SPEAKERS

 

LITANY from the WORDS of CESAR CHAVEZ (Leader) & SCRIPTURE (Response)

Leader: When we are really honest with ourselves, we must admit that our lives are all that really belong to us. So, it is how we use our lives that determines what kind of people we are. It is my deepest belief that only by giving do we find life.
Response: FOR WHOSOEVER WOULD SAVE HIS OR HER LIFE WILL LOSE IT, AND WHOEVER LOSES HIS OR HER LIFE FOR MY SAKE, WILL FIND IT.

Leader: But God did not promise us that the world would be humane and just. God gave us the gift of life and allows us to choose the way we will use our limited time on earth.
Response: THEREFORE, CHOOSE LIFE THAT YOU AND YOUR DESCENDANTS MAY LIVE.

Leader: Our struggle is not easy. Those who oppose us are rich and powerful and they have many allies in high places. We are poor. Our allies are few. But we have something the rich do not own. We have our bodies and our spirits and the just of our cause.
Response: FOR THE FOOLISHNESS OF GOD IS WISER THAN HUMAN KIND, AND THE WEAKNESS OF GOD IS STRONGER THAN HUMAN KIND.

Leader: We can choose to use our lives for others to bring about a better and a more just world for our children. People who make that choice will know hardship and sacrifice. But if you give yourself totally to the non-violent struggle for peace and justice, you also find that people will give you their hearts and you will never go hungry and you will never be alone. In giving yourself, you will discover a whole new life full of meaning and love.
Response: BUT THEY WHO WAIT FOR THE LORD SHALL RENEW THEIR STRENGTH. THEY SHALL MOUNT UP WITH THE WINGS LIKE EAGLES. THEY SHALL RUN AND NOT BE WEARY: THEY SHALL WALK AND NOT FAINT.

Leader: What do we want the churches to do? We don’t ask for more cathedrals. We don’t ask for bigger churches or fine gifts. We ask for its presence with us, as God among us. We ask the churches to sacrifice with the people for social justice, and for love of brother and sister. We don’t ask for words. We ask for deeds… a multitude of simple deeds for justice, carried out by men and women whose hearts are focused on the suffering of the poor and who yearn, with us, for a better world. Together, all things are possible!
Response: ASK AND IT WILL BE GIVEN TO YOU: SEEK AND YOU WILL FIND: KNOCK AND IT WILL BE OPENED TO YOU. AMEN. AMEN.

Litany from the words of Cesar Chavez & Scripture (pdf, 44.72 kB)

 

INTERCESSORY PRAYER for FARM WORKERS

Leader: Let us seek God’s help in the struggle for justice for farm workers.
People: For the workers who harvest the food that comes to our tables, may they have a living wage. Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: May the seeds of our actions produce a harvest of justice.
People: For the fruits of decent housing, health care, and hope for the future. Lord, hear our prayer.

Leader: May the church be filled with the Holy Spirit to be in solidarity with the workers.
People: For strength to the organizers who work for the fruits of justice. Lord, hear our prayer.

All: God bless our hearts and our hands in this harvest of justice. Amen.

Intercessory Prayer for Farmworkers (pdf, 38.04 kB)

 

A CHRISTIAN LABOR DAY LITANY  — from Interfaith Worker Justice

Leader: O Jesus, worker and carpenter from Nazareth, on this Labor Day we thank You for Your care and loving concern for workers throughout the world. We remember all workers: men and women; young and old; all races, ethnic and language groups in Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Africa, North Africa, North America, Central America and the Caribbean, South America and the Middle East. Help all working personal realize a deeper understanding of Your presence, and call them to do justice and build human community where they are employed.

Leader: For workers who face dangerous conditions or hazards in their work without sufficient warning or protection,
All: Jesus, worker and carpenter from Nazareth, hear our prayer.
Leader: For all who face the conflicts of working and caring for children without adequate support,
All: Jesus, worker and carpenter from Nazareth, hear our prayer.
Leader: For all workers who cannot find work and for whom unemployment assistance is not available,
All: Jesus, worker and carpenter from Nazareth, hear our prayer.
Leader: For workers who are displaced by technical change or global pressures to relocate jobs,
All: Jesus, worker and carpenter from Nazareth, hear our prayer.
Leader: For children whose childhood has been cut short because they are forced to work,
All: Jesus, worker and carpenter from Nazareth, hear our prayer.
Leader: For all who face difficulties or are discriminated against in getting work or at the workplace because of race, gender, ethnicity, physical disabilities, political or religious beliefs or sexual orientation,
All: Jesus, worker and carpenter from Nazareth, hear our prayer.
Leader: For all workers who have been affected by labor disputes or who have been discriminate against as a result of their union activity or because they sought justice in their place of employment,
All: Jesus, worker and carpenter from Nazareth, hear our prayer.
Leader: For all workers whose work is taken for granted, is unappreciated or lacks meaning,
All: Jesus, worker and carpenter from Nazareth, hear our prayer. Amen.

A Christian Labor Day Litany (pdf, 52.86 kB)

 

A THANKSGIVING LITANY –  from Interfaith Worker Justice

Speaker: O God of seed and harvest, the meal before us is a sight to behold and we are grateful.
Response: The meat and the vegetables, the fruit and bread, the drink and fellowship of this meal are gifts from Your mighty hand and  outstretched arm

Speaker: This turkey has given up life so that we might have life.
Response: We are mindful of the sacrifice—the exchange of death for life—associated with our being fed and nourished.

Speaker: From egg to chick to bird to food, countless human hands
have brought this turkey to our table.
Response: We are grateful for the farmers, the poultry plant workers, the shippers and market place workers, and those who have prepared this meal.

Speaker: We are sorry and repent for any suffering, abuse or exploitation that workers feel as the result of their labor on our behalf.
Response: We commit ourselves to eat this meal in peace, and rise from this table for work for justice and harmony on the earth and among the people of the earth.

ALL: Taste and see how good God is!

A Thanksgiving Litany (pdf, 60.59 kB)

 

LITANY of THANKSGIVING

Leader: Let us praise God in gladness and humility for all great and simple joys; for the weak things
of the earth which have confounded the strong.
Response: Glory be to you. 0 God!

Leader: For birds; for children and the gladness of innocence; for the joy of work attempted and
achieved; for the joy of harvest and the wedding feast.
Response: Glory be to you. 0 God!

Leader: For all who have loved the common people and borne their sorrows in their hearts; for all
obscure and humble saints.
Response: Glory be to you. 0 God!

Leader: For the multitude of nameless saints and farm worker ministers who for nearly years have given of themselves to the farm workers of America.
Response: Glory be to you. 0 God!

Leader: For the men, women and children who feed us all, for their leaders and all who have risked a safe and secure life to serve their just cause.
Response: Glory be to you. 0 God!

Leader: And for each other, who believe and hope and love and work and laugh together in a common struggle for justice and peace.
Response: Glory be to you. 0 God!

Litany of Thanksgiving (pdf, 46.69 kB)

 

LITANY of THANKS  –  from National Catholic Rural Life Conference

Leader: For the gift of life and a place at the banquet of life,
Response: Let us always be thankful!

Leader: For America’s heritage of land and abundant resources,
Response: Let us always be thankful!

Leader: For the bread on our tables and the bread on our altars which sustains our life,
Response: Let us always be thankful!

Leader: For our families and the security their love gives us,
Response: Let us always be thankful!

Leader: For the blessings of a bountiful harvest and economic security,
Response: Let us always be thankful!

Leader: For the prophets and peacemakers everywhere in the world
Response: Let us always be thankful!

Add other prayers which you wish to voice, responding with
“Let us always be thankful.”

Litany of Thanks (pdf, 48.03 kB)

 

INTERCESSION:FOR THE RECONCILIATION OF ALL PEOPLE THROUGH THE REVOLUTION OF NON-VIOLENT LOVE

Leader: For the reconciliation of all people through the revolution
of non-violent love…
Response: We pray, O God.

Leader: For churches and synagogues, that they may be humbled,
reformed, united…
Response: We pray, O God.

Leader: For all poor and hungry, migrant workers, outcast and
unemployed…
Response: We pray, O God.

Leader: For victims of discrimination, harassment and brutality…
Response: We pray, O God.

Leader: That farm workers may someday win the justice they seek…
Response: We pray, O God.

Leader: That with compassion and fidelity we may work for a better
world…
Response: We pray, O God.

Pause for Personal Intentions… (Respond: We pray, O God.)

Leader: For the labors of those whose backs are sore from bending,
whose lungs cry for air free of dust and poisonous fumes, whose labors enable
us to eat…
Response:We pray, O God.

Intercession: For the reconciliation of all people through the revolution of non-violent love (pdf, 46.64 kB)

 

PRAYER of COMMITMENT

Leader: Are we the People who live for others? Whose human relations are charged with forgiveness?
Assembly: WITH GOD’S HELP. WE WILL BE THAT PEOPLE.

Leader: Are we the People who walk the second mile when one mile would do?
Assembly: WITH GOD’S HELP, WE WILL BE THAT PEOPLE.

Leader: Are we the ones who turn the other cheek? Who give the shirt off our backs when our coat is gone?
Assembly: WITH GOD’S HELP, WE WILL BE THAT PEOPLE.

Leader: Are we a community recognized and known by our love?
Assembly: WE PRAY THAT WE ARE THAT PEOPLE.

Leader: When the poor of the world ask us for bread, do we give them a stone? When they ask us for fish, do we reach them a serpent?
Assembly: NEVER. GOD HELP US; NEVER.

Leader: Do we care only for those who care about us? Do we serve only those who will tell us how grateful they are?
Assembly: NO, GOD HELP US; NEVER.

Leader: Are we the People who thirst for a Justice that promises cannot slake?
Assembly: YES, WE ARE THAT PEOPLE.

Leader: Are we the People who are restless enough to make peace? Who are strong enough to be gentle, and gentle enough, to resist violence?
Assembly: WITH GOD’S HELP, WE WILL BE THAT PEOPLE.

Leader: Are we the ones who take seriously our titles “-“Salt of the earth” — “Light of the world” —”Leaven of our society?”
Assembly: YES, WE ARE THE ONES.

Prayer of Commitment (pdf, 41.17 kB)

 

A CHRISTIAN CONFESSION of REJECTING TRUTH SPEAKERS

Leader: God, you send us truth-speakers like Isaiah and Jesus,
People: And we throw them out or nail them to crosses. Have mercy.

Leader: God, you send us truth-speakers of your Word,
People: And we claim they are extremists or radicals or idealists. Have mercy.

Leader: God, you send us truth-speakers,
People: And we divert our attention or turn up the TV or talk about “practicalities” so we won’t be disturbed. Have mercy.

Leader: God, you send us truth-speakers,
People: And we ignore them because they remind us that we are implicated in this injustice. Have mercy.

Leader: God, you incessantly send us truth-speakers,
People: And we seek to hide from your call to participate in bringing lasting justice. Have mercy on us all

A Christian Confession of Rejecting Truth Speakers (pdf, 39.71 kB)<

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