World day of Prayer for Migrants and Refugees – Sunday 24th September

This Sunday, 24th September, marks the World day of Prayer for Migrants and Refugees. 

The Church has been celebrating the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) since 1914. It’s always an occasion to express concern for different vulnerable people on the move; to pray for them as they face many challenges; and to increase awareness about the opportunities that migration offers.  The theme of Pope Francis’ message for the 109th World Day of Migrants and Refugees is: Free to choose whether to migrate or to stay.

The Pope’s message may be read by clicking HERE

Below are suggested Prayer of the Faithful:

  1. For our refugees and migrants.  Lord, no one is a stranger to you, and no one is ever far from your loving care. In your kindness watch over refugees and asylum seekers, those separated from their loved ones, those who are lost, those who have been made destitute and those who have been exiled.  Lord Hear us.  
  2. For those in exile from their homeland.  Lord God, help us to remember those who tonight will go to sleep unfed and unwelcome, strangers in foreign lands, people who have fled for their lives and are far from their homes. We lift up to you those who are escaping persecution and conflict, having fled death, torture or ruthless exploitation.  Lord hear us.