Mercy Sisters and Friends Unite in Prayer and Hospitality Across the Globe
The Mercy Congregation Centre Parramatta was again a scene of celebration, prayer and hospitality as Sisters, and those associated with us gathered to join in the Morning Prayer Ritual which had taken place in Baggot St, on September 25, (Irish Time).
Sisters and our guests at today's gathering had travelled from across Sydney to be one with all who are gathered in Baggot St, Dublin, this week of celebrations for the 20th Anniversary of Mercy International Centre (MIC), Dublin.
At this gathering, we viewed the video of the Morning Prayer Ritual which had been prepared by the Sisters of Mercy of Great Britain, centred around the theme of "Mercy Around the World: Our Global Reality". Incorporating movement, music, word, images and song, the ritual gave thanks for and acknowledged the presence and ministry of the Sisters of Mercy in 44 countries across the globe in areas of need.
We were also able to view the video of the Visit of the President of Ireland, Dr Michael D. Higgins, to MIC, his address to the gathered guests and the Sisters' response.
As at our gathering on Wednesday, all present enjoyed a "Good Cup of Tea", lively conversation, and the opportunity to share in the International Celebrations.
Beyond this, the rituals, prayers and reflections challenge us to "Constantly search out the meaning of God's choice of those who are poor" (Constitutions, 1.06).