Prayers for Racial Justice, Day 8: We affirm that Black lives matter

Day Eight, July 8
As we hear the cry of the blood
We affirm that Black lives matter.
We are redeemed in the blood of Christ.
We are washed in love.
Sent by the blood, stained by the blood;
we are servants of the blood of Christ.

“For I tell you, from now on I shall not drink of the fruit of the vine until the day when I drink it with you new in the reign of God.” Matthew 26:20

When we drink this cup, let us always remember the peace and justice we yearn for and which we cannot bring about without you, Jesus. Let us commit ourselves to working together for the coming of that time when love will reign and all will be seated at the table of the Lamb.

“In the meantime, be an apostle, and especially encourage the devotion to the divine blood.” St. Gaspar

Today’s Action: We are a wounded Church. Silence has cost us. The Church’s voice has been muted. You are one of the thousand voices called to speak out for justice for all. How will you do that today?

Instructions: On the Feast of the Precious Blood, July 1, Members and Companions of the Missionaries of the Precious Blood celebrate the redemptive value of the Precious Blood of Jesus. This year let’s extend our prayer to an Octave of Prayer. There are reflections for each day with action steps each day. Let your voice be heard. It is your challenge to hear the Cry of the Blood.

These prayers are taken from our traditional Precious Blood Prayer Resources and now prayed in the context of our contemporary situation. The daily prayers can be prayed any time of the day, but we suggest 3:00 p.m., the hour that Jesus poured out the last drop of his Precious Blood for the redemption of all people.

All eight days of the Prayers for Racial Justice can be found here:

The full octave can be downloaded here as a pdf file.  Prayers for Racial Justice during the Octave of the Precious Blood.

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