Daily Prayers for March 3

On March 3, 1968, more than twenty thousand Mexican and Chicano students walked out of Los Angeles high schools, calling for an end to racist policies. The students were not allowed to speak Spanish in the classroom or to use the bathroom during lunchtime. Mexican-American history was often denied, and Chicano students were advised toward menial labor instead of college.

O Lord, let my soul rise up to meet you

as the day rises to meet the sun.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Come, let us sing to the Lord : let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.

Song “The Kingdom of God”

Unite us in justice, Lord : that all might praise your name together.

Psalm 18:14 18

The Lord thundered out of heaven : the Most High uttered his voice.

He loosed his arrows and scattered them : he hurled thunderbolts and routed them.

The beds of the seas were uncovered, and the foundations of the world laid bare : at your battle cry, O Lord, at the blast of the breath of your nostrils.

He reached down from on high and grasped me : he drew me out of great waters.

He delivered me from my strong enemies and from those who hated me : for they were too mighty for me.

Unite us in justice, Lord : that all might praise your name together.

Genesis 44:1 – 17 Mark 1:29 – 45

Unite us in justice, Lord : that all might praise your name together.

Pandita Ramabai, a nineteenth-century Indian activist, said, -“People must not only hear about the kingdom of God, but must see it in actual operation, on a small scale perhaps and in imperfect form, but a real demonstration nevertheless.”

Prayers for Others

Our Father

Lord, where there is injustice, unite us as your children to speak out and walk out as necessary. May all of our acts of protest be steeped in love for others and for you. Amen.

May the peace of the Lord Christ go with you : wherever he may send you;

may he guide you through the wilderness : protect you through the storm;

may he bring you home rejoicing : at the wonders he has shown you;

may he bring you home rejoicing : once again into our doors.

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