FOR ALL THE VICTIMS, FOR ALL WHO HAVE DIED; FOR ALL WHO HAVE LOST THEIR LOVED ONES
“O Rising Sun, you are the splendor of eternal light and the sun of justice. O come and enlighten those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death”.
COME QUICKLY, LORD. COME, O SAVIOUR!
GRANT US PEACE
“Seeing all these atrocities and the cold-bloodedness of those committing them with impunity, one has the right to question the humanity of those faithless and lawless oppressors of the peaceful people of the Central African Republic. Seeing how they have no respect for the living or the dead, it makes one wonder if human life has any value in their eyes. We have heard of older people [who have been victims], whom a humane person must respect, be he or she living or dead. More than the living, the dead deserve respect and honor. Death? Now that is celebrated. Asked about the reasons for all the strewn across the roadways and streets of the capital, the Red Cross responds: No safe passage permitting the movement of aid workers, no vehicle to transport staff or to move the dead and burial for most of the victims takes place by the side of roadways or streets at the spot where they are found. This has some grave consequences: Parents consider their loved ones missing while in fact they are dead and already buried, Families are unable to honor some of their dead because they do not know the date of their passing, nor the place of their burial…”
REMEMBER, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.
Text by Maria Lozano, ACN International
Adapted by Amanda Griffin, ACN Canada