“A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” Revelation 12:1

Loving Mother of the Americas, may our eyes rest upon your image and be opened to your love and compassion, and may we be strengthened and encouraged to live out that love and compassion in our daily lives.

We humbly request your intercession as we pray for today’s peaceful protests against the poverty, pollution, greed, and exploitation being caused by the current conditions of the U.S. port industry.

Blessed Mother and Teacher, we pray that the dignity and rights of workers shall be respected and upheld, and that all workers be granted just wages and safe, clean working conditions.

Surround us with your Most Holy Maternal Love and Peace, that we may stand in solidarity with all workers and with all people suffering from exploitation, and that all people taking part in the Occupy the Ports actions remain safe and under your protection and the protection of your son, Jesus Christ.