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Adrian Dominican Sisters Invite Public to Pray for a Peaceful Presidential Transition

January 17, 2017, Adrian, Michigan – As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take office on January 20, the Leadership Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters invites the public to join the Congregation in praying daily for a peaceful transition of leadership and for the continued engagement of U.S. citizens in our system of democratic self-governance.

On Tuesday, January 17, 2017, through Inauguration Day on Friday, January 20, 2017, people of good will everywhere are invited to pray:

O Holy Mystery, we pray for a peaceful presidential transition. May your blessings be upon President Trump and his Cabinet as he takes office and on President Obama and his family as he returns to the role of citizen.

May we be sustained in our calling as engaged and faithful citizens, promoting the common good of people and planet.

The four days of prayer for the transition of leadership is reminiscent of the Leadership Council’s invitation in September 2016 for people of good will to pray for the 2016 presidential election. In the Eight for Eight initiative, people were invited to spend eight minutes in silent, contemplative prayer for eight Tuesdays – September 20 through Election Day, November 8 – holding the intention that the common good of all people and planet would arise as a central concern for all candidates and voters.  

Members of the Leadership Council took as their inspiration the words of Pope Francis to members of the U.S. Congress on September 25, 2015: “You are called to defend and preserve the dignity of your fellow citizens in the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good, for this is the chief aim of all politics.”


Adrian Dominicans Invite the Public To Communal Contemplative Prayer

September 20, 2016, Adrian, Michigan – The Leadership Council of the Adrian Dominican Sisters invites all people of good will to join them in eight minutes of silent, contemplative prayer each Tuesday from September 20, 2016, through Election Day on November 8. 

“We invite you to join us in holding the intention that the common good of all people and planet rises as a central concern for all candidates and voters during the coming eight weeks,” the Sisters wrote in a September 19 letter. They suggested beginning this period of silent contemplation with the following prayer

“O Holy Mystery, we live in a time of peril and promise. We ask that you infuse each of us, voters and candidates for elected office, with a longing for peace and the common good of all your people and creation. Rooted in the Gospel, with this intention deep in our hearts, we place our trust in You, O Holy Mystery, and in the power of our communal prayer.”

Sisters and Associates at the Motherhouse in Adrian will pray at 3:55 p.m. every Tuesday. The public is invited to join in prayer at the same time or to choose another time to pray for this intention each Tuesday.

Members of the Leadership Council took as their inspiration the words of Pope Francis to members of the U.S. Congress on September 25, 2015: “You are called to defend and preserve the dignity of your fellow citizens in the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good, for this is the chief aim of all politics.”


 

 

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