Faith and religion

A prayer for all LGBT prisoners

The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle wrote this prayer last week after visiting LGBT people imprisoned in Cameroon for their sexual orientation/gender identity. His suggestion: Pope Francis should pray it. (This prayer is also available in French.)

A prayer for all LGBT prisoners who remain the hidden victims of the church universal

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

You consoled your son Jesus in prison on the night before he died for all our sins, grant grace and courage to all parents of LGBT people who bear the stigma of their children’s sexual orientation. Be with those whose family has abandoned them and left them alone in prison.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Blessed John the Baptist, who spoke the truth and prepared the way of God’s kingdom of love and forgiveness, watch over the LGBT prophets of our own day who call their governments and leaders to justice and become victims of political corruption and vice.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Apostle Paul in chains, betrayed by the mother church in Jerusalem and extorted for years by the prison system of the Roman Empire, forgive the collusion of us, the fruit of your sacrifice to proclaim an gospel of inclusion, to the imperial exclusive values of the state.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Apostle Peter, patron saint of all who deny what is good and true, guide your church to seek the truth about what we say and do to LGBT people and not deny them their right to love and be the way God made them to be.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Blessed Cosmos and Damian, who shared a prison cell and a martyr’s death, watch over all who are dehumanized and assassinated simply for whom they love.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Blessed Veronica, who wiped the face of Jesus on his road from prison to the cross, watch over the safety of straight allies who step out on the road with us, risking their own safety and popularity.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Blessed Thecla, though a girl, wanted to be a boy and do the work of her friend, St. Paul, watch over all you children who challenge gender conformity, especially those who are transgender. Help us to see the image of God, both male and female in ALL who we see.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Blessed be the name of the Holy Prophet Mohammed, who calls us all into wholeness with God and one another, watch over your little ones in prison who have been abandoned by the families and their faith community simply for being gay. Teach us the Divine Compassion once again.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Blessed Martin Luther King, preacher of justice and dignity for all who are enslaved, watch over all who preach in God’s name and give us that dream where there will be no LGBT people in prison simply for being true to themselves.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Blessed Nelson Mandela, who languished in a prison cell yet freed a nation and brought us into reconciliation and peace, teach us LGBT prisoners and all who cry with us, not to be bitter to the church leaders and politicians who, in ignorance, keep us in these cells.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Blessed LGBT martyrs, Harvey, David and Eric, you know the suffering and the ultimate sacrifice for a society that you could only imagine, inspire us to continue your visions for a world without homophobia that imprisons, extorts, tortures and assassinates.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Jesus, our brother in solitude, who knows the sexual violation of stripping,  flogging and torture for crimes against God and the State: be close to your LGBT children in prison this night and may they know the consolation of your never-ending love and the hope of victory beyond whatever we may endure.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Jesus, condemned and killed by zealots of religious certainty and political expediency, forgive your church for its collusion with civil powers who have sent us to a slow death in these prisons, and continue to protect us from your followers.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

Console all mothers and families who have lost loves ones because of their sexual orientation and help us to eradicate this unnecessary future destruction of human lives and potential.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death.

In communion with all the saints, angels and archangels, martyrs and the forgotten ones who have looked to you in hope, free us all from whatever enslaves us, that we may become the children you have created us to be and this is our prayer with all LGBT prisoners throughout the world this day – simply free us to love you and one another in the ways you are revealing to each one of us.

AMEN

Albert Ogle

The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle

The Rev. Canon Albert Ogle is founder and president of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which works for LGBT rights and against AIDS by empowering grassroots organizations in many countries. An Episcopal priest from Ireland and the United States, he  has expertise in developing coalitions of religious and secular organizations to provide health and human services in the United States and in Uganda, particularly focused on HIV issues. Ogle was in Cameroon at the invitation of the LGBT rights group Camfaids.

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