By Sr. Rosemary Russell and Sr. Carol Boschert with Sisters of the Most Precious Blood – Ecumenical Prayer Service for Peace and Nonviolence During the CNV Week of Actions
We invited about 15 congregations from O’Fallon and the surrounding area including 7th graders from the Catholic parish closest to our center.
We began in the Chapel with readings and prayers on peace and nonviolence. We distributed a pledge for nonviolence that we invited each participant to take hope and consider committing to it, and identify someone they knew to check with in a year to evaluate how they were doing. After the pledge distribution, those that were able processed outside for a pilgrimage to various “spaces of grace” on the property: grotto of our Lady of Lourdes, Ellie’s Garden for feeding the hungry in our neighborhood, the cemetery, a 911 memorial, the police station. At each space we prayed for an end to the issues that contribute to our violent world; we read a quote regarding nonviolence or a quote from scripture or church leaders; we observed a time of silence to consider the presence of God in our midst; we sang as we processed to the next space. Some were unable to make the trek outside, so they stayed in the Chapel and had the pilgrimage via power-point.
Part of the Campaign Nonviolence Week of Actions 2016