O Holy and Almighty God, to whom no one is a stranger
and from whose help no one is ever distant,
look with compassion on refugees and exiles,
on the victims of war and climate disasters,
on segregated persons and on lost children.
Restore them, we pray, to a homeland,
and give us a kind heart for the needy and for strangers,
for those who search for safety,
for those forced to wander to distant lands
for sturdy shelter and a place to call home.
Their needs can be unique. Refugees from Ukraine
are having to flee their homeland due to war.
Help us, Lord, to advocate for their lasting protection,
including a pathway to citizenship
for those unable to return home.
Give us an effective love for our brothers and sisters
who have lost their homes due to tornadoes, fires, and floods,
who suffer hunger, and who no longer have access to resources.
Open our hearts to relieve them in their need and to care
for one another as appreciated members in our human family.
O God, may we imitate your love and show true compassion
by welcoming the immigrant and refugee in fraternal charity.
Inspired by the teaching of Jesus your Son,
may we greet each stranger as neighbor,
and may we live in the peace that comes from your love.
You willed that your Son should lay down his life
to gather into one your scattered children.
Help us to show true compassion toward immigrants and refugees.
Help us to bring about a communion of minds and hearts
for we shall all be united in your Kingdom, the Land of the Living.