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Refugees prayed for at St Paul's
08 September 2015
An image of a refugee mother and child created in spray paint has become the focus of prayers at St Paul's this week.
As the refugee crisis continues across Europe, north Africa and the Middle East, the Cathedral has offered prayers all week to those most in need.
And throughout this week, all collections and donations received will be given to Save the Children’s Child Refugee Crisis Appeal.
Providing a focus for many visitors has been a spray painted image of a refugee mother and child, painted by renowned street artist CBloxx as part of a wider project this summer.
The large painting is accompanied by a prayer (below) and now sits by a pair of child's shoes in the sand, a reference to the image of a young child lying dead on a beach - a picture which has shocked the world.
God, no one is stranger to you.
In your kindness look with mercy on those who today
are fleeing from danger.
Watch over migrants, refugees and asylum seekers,
those separated from their loved ones,
those who are lost
and those who have been exiled from their homes.
Bring them safely to the place where they long to be,
and help us always to show your kindness to strangers
and those in need.
Bless the work of those seeking to bring them relief.
Awaken compassion and urgency in governments
and all whose decision making can make a difference
and guide the nations of the world towards that day
when all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and of peace;
We ask this through Christ our Lord,
who too was a refugee and migrant
who traveled to another land
searching for a home.