Human Trafficking Ritual 2014

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Opening Prayer
Creating and compassionate Source of Life, we gather to pray for an end to human trafficking. You created us in your image. Human trafficking degrades humans created in your image. We pray for strength to continue our anti-trafficking efforts so that all may live the preciousness of human life. Amen.

Reading
We remember Sudanese St. Josephine Bakhita (1869-1947), patron for victims and survivors of human trafficking. She was kidnapped when she was seven years young and sold into slavery. Her abductors gave her the Arabic name Bakhita which means “fortunate one.” She was sold a number of times. One of her “buyers” was a man who was connected to the Italian Consul in Sudan. Through another family she met the Canossian Sisters; she was baptized and confirmed, taking the name Josephine Bakhita. She entered the Institute of St. Magdalene of Canossia in 1893. Canonized in October 2000, she became the first Sudanese saint. Let us give thanks for this Sudanese woman who personally experienced being trafficked. May she advocate with us for justice for trafficked persons! Source “The Saint of Human Trafficking”, Theresa Baldini, MM. Maryknoll Magazine

Shared Silence

Reading
Pope Francis has spoken about trafficking a number of times. He reflected: “I have always been distressed at the lot of those who are victims of human trafficking! … Where is your brother or sister who is enslaved? Where is the brother and sister whom you are killing each day in clandestine warehouses, in rings of prostitution, in children used for begging, in exploiting undocumented labor. Let us not look the other way. There is greater complicity than we think. The issue involves everyone! This infamous network of crime is now well established in our cities, and people have blood on their hands as a result of their comfortable and silent complicity.” Source: The Joy of the Gospel

Shared Silence

Litany Against Trafficking
Response: Source of All Life, may our efforts to end human trafficking be effective.

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We mourn the degradation of those who are victims of human trafficking
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Reader 2
We rejoice in the efforts to gain knowledge and understanding of the tragedy of human trafficking
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We grieve the human trafficking associated with sporting events
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We rejoice in the anti-trafficking training of hotel, restaurant and other personnel in geographic areas near major sporting events
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We grieve our failure to drink only Fair Trade coffee and to eat only Fair Trade chocolate

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We rejoice in consumers who are becoming more aware of and committed to purchasing Fair Trade products whose production aims to be traffick-free
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We grieve our inaction regarding advertising and products which degrade women
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We rejoice in the efforts of those who pressure companies to stop advertising which degrades women and the sale of products which these advertisements promote
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We grieve the lack of local anti-trafficking laws
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We rejoice when people advocate for anti-trafficking laws in cities, counties, states, and nations
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We grieve our inattention to trafficking in our local area

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Reader 2
We rejoice in those who take seriously their connection with all other human beings and make calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline
1 888 3737 888
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Let us take a few moments to try to absorb the immensity of the global, national, and local trafficking as well as the possibilities for actions to stop this human tragedy.

Instrumental Music

Reader
In our hearts, may each of us commit to an action that is possible—prayer, education, other actions. You choose your commitment.

Shared Silence

Commitment
Please repeat after me:
I commit myself
to fulfilling the action
I have just chosen
in order to show solidarity
with members of the human family
who are trafficked.

Closing Prayer
Creating and compassionate Source of Life, we thank you for your love of each of us. May we model your love by our concern for our trafficked sisters and brothers. May they experience in their lives the power of being treasured by us and our efforts to free this world, locally and globally, of human trafficking. This we ask in great confidence now and in the future. Amen.

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Compiled by: Rose Mary Meyer, BVM
Project IRENE Director
2041 Elmwood Ave.
Wilmette, IL 600091
projectirene@aol.com