Step 1: Pray

INSTRUCTIONS BEFORE PRAYER

PREPARE a prayer space with the photos of the children who have died in detention centers. Add electric candles and other items to make a prayerful environment. Pick four readers to READ the stories of the children and one leader to begin the prayer and guide the Litany.

Leader: Today we remember the lives of the children who have died in detention centers. We pray for them and their families and ask them to pray for us.  We invite them to travel with us on a road to hope as we seek to find ways to treat all life as sacred and uphold the dignity of all people.

Reader one: Jakelin turned 7 as she traveled with her daddy and a smuggler into the U.S. She was wearing her first pair of shoes when she died in a detention center from an infection.

Reader two: With no rain in sight and fear of another bad crop, Juan at 16 years old left home alone, hopeful to find a new life. He died from an infection in a detention center.

Reader three: At 8 years old Felipe and his father traveled to the U.S. in order to send money home to their family. He died from the flu in his father’s arms in U.S. Custody. it was Christmas Eve.

Reader four: Carlos loved music and soccer. He was one of nine children; his brother had special needs and the family needed more money. Carlos left home to help support his family.  He was in a detention center for seven days when he died at 16 years old from the flu.

Leader

All

Lord, have mercy

Lord, have mercy

Christ, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.

Holy Mary and St. Joseph

pray for us.

St. Michael and all angels

pray for us.

St.. Juan Diego

pray for us.

St. Frances Cabrini

pray for us.

St. Oscar Romero

pray for us.

All you holy men, women, and children

pray for us.

Jakelin

pray for us.

Juan

pray for us.

Felipe

pray for us.

Carlos

pray for us.

Mariee

pray for us.

Darlyn

pray for us.

Wilmer

pray for us.

All you holy men, women, and children

pray for us.

Lord, be merciful

deliver us we pray.

Christ hear us

we pray

Amen

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