I realise that the migrant/refugee crisis in Europe has various causes and a variety of solutions; I also acknowledge that Europe does not have a monopoly on human suffering. Having said that, one thing I agree with our bishops on is the need and value of prayer. Here is one which we have adopted in our churches.

Almighty and merciful God
whose Son became a refugee
and has no place to call his own;
look with mercy on those who today
are fleeing from danger,
loveless and hungry.
Bless those who work to bring them relief;
inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts;
and guide the nations of the world towards that day
when all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and peace.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

As Christians we believe that we are called to break down barriers,
to welcome the stranger and love them as ourselves (Leviticus 19:34), and to seek the peace and justice of our God, in our world, today.

Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury

 

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