Prayer for Human Rights

While remembering the story of Cain, we pray for the murderers : that they not be condemned to death but may receive a protection as God gave one to Cain.
Give us the strength to act.

While remembering the story of Jeremiah thrown into a cistern, we pray for those whose political discourse disturbs : that they not be condemned but receive support and witness like Eved-Melek brought to Jeremiah.
Give us also the strength to act.

While remembering the story of Rahab, the brothel mistress of Jericho, we pray for those who take risks in order to protect people without documents.
Give us also the strength to act.

While remembering the story of the Maccabee brothers, we pray for those who are hunted because they fight against corruption and against the power of money.
Give us also the strength to act.

While remembering the stories of the lepers and the invalids healed and saved by Jesus, we pray for those who are excluded because of their illness or handicap : that they may find a worthy place in our societies.
Give us also the strength to act.

While remembering the story of the adulteress we pray for the judges : that they may reflect about the level of the sentences they hand down.
Give us also the strength to act.

While remembering the story of the Apostle Paul, we pray for the police : that they may not hold people in custody with no reason, that they don’t just content themselves with finding witnesses for the prosecution.
Give us also the strength to act.

While remembering the story of the Apostle Paul, we pray for all prisoners : that they retain their courage for the duration of their prison terms or for their struggle when they are innocent or victims of disproportional sentences. Give them also the strength to act.

And for all of us, remind us every day that human rights are part of the commandments you gave us.