Commemoration of St. Bakhita Prayer and Reflection Vigil against Human Trafficking – Friday February 8, 2019, 7-8 pm. Feb. 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. She is considered the patron saint of human trafficking victims. The event will be held at St. Josephine Bakhita Parish at St. James Church, 767 Elm Street, Rocky Hill, CT. No registration is required.
PRAYER FOR AN END TO HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Oh God, we didn't see them.
But you did
The hundreds and thousands of human beings
Trafficked each year to join the millions who are trapped in modern-day slavery.
Under terrible conditions, they work in factories, plow fields, harvest crops, work quarries, fill brothels, clean homes, and haul water.
Many are children with tiny fingers for weaving rugs and small shoulders for bearing rifles.
Their labor is forced, their bodies beaten, their faces hidden from those who don't really want to see them.
But you see them all, God of the poor.
You hear their cry and you answer by opening our eyes, and breaking our hearts and loosening our tongues to insist:
No mas. No more.