Juneteenth Prayer Service
Juneteenth (short for “June Nineteenth”) honors the end to slavery in the United States. It commemorates the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, TX in 1865 to take control of the state and free all enslaved people.
It was a beautiful summer day as we gathered around our flag, flown at half-mast in honor of this day. Fr. Damien, Fr. Tom and Mother Maria Christine, read scripture and led us in prayer and song while Mother Margaret lit a candle. In union with our brothers and sisters around the nation, we prayed that our country would never again allow the persecution and degrading of any persons because of their skin color or ethnicity. We asked for God’s grace to help us protect the dignity of every human person.