The Immigrant’s Prayer

BY JORGE PALACIOS, JR. | March 7, 2017

Our Father who art in Heaven,
hallowed be thy name

Our Father, Father to all the peoples of the Earth, to the most destitute and the most powerful,
Father to those who condemn us and those who welcome us,
Father who protects us, who gives us life and strength to leave the only place we know as home,
may your name be always cherished by our lips, chapped and broken as they may be.

thy kingdom come,
thy will be done,

Though we do not feign to understand your will, we pray that it may be done.
Though we do not pretend to know what this new land holds for us, we pray that it may begin to look like home.

on earth as it is in heaven

May our outlook of heaven begin to take form here on earth,
and that our material poverty and struggle may begin to dissipate, making room for our heavenly home.

Give us this day our daily bread;

You, Father, are the source that provides for us, completely.
We rely on you, our rock and our salvation, for hope and for our physical needs.

and forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us

Many will despise us for the languages we speak, for the color of our skin, and for the lands from which we come.
They will call us trespassers.
Forgive us for seeking worlds for ourselves, as we forgive those who despise us.

and lead us not into temptation

Do not let us forget who we are, where we come from, and how we got here.
Do not let us, Lord, forget you.

but deliver us from evil.

Editor’s Note: This piece was originally published as part of the Ignatian Solidarity Network Rise Up: A Lenten Call to Solidarity series.

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