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Friday, 03 April 2015 07:28

Easter Saturday vigil for children and families in detention

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bpsaundersstatement 250The fast growing multi-faith and multi-denomination Christian movement, Love Makes a Way has been holding prayer vigils in the electoral offices of Government Ministers in a bid to raise awareness about the suffering of hundreds of children currently held in detention, and the long term mental and emotional damage this is causing.

A group of Daughters of Our Lady  of the Sacred Heart will join the ‘Love Makes a Way’ group on Holy (Easter) Saturday out the front of the Prime Minister's office for an Easter Saturday vigil for children and families in detention

Holy Saturday Vigil Saturday 4 April, 12 noon
Gathering together in prayer for asylum seekers
This year we will gather in Manly, in the mall outside the office of Prime Minister Tony Abbott
(17 Sydney Rd. Manly).

At Easter, Christians remember the death of Christ on Friday, and his Resurrection on Sunday. Saturday marks the day in between, the time between death and life, between grief and joy, between devastation and hope.

In light of Australia's shocking treatment of asylum seekers, especially children, we are taking the opportunity to join together nonviolently to challenge the government's policies and practice through a public act of prayer. We will be praying for asylum seekers, but also for Prime Minister Abbott, a self-confessed Christian, to have a change of heart, and to show the same love to asylum seekers that Jesus has shown us.

WHEN: Holy Saturday, April 4, 2015
TIME: Midday (for approx. 1 hour)
WHERE: Tony Abbott's Electoral Office, 17 Sydney Road Manly, NSW, 2095
BRING: Sunscreen, a hat, peaceful signs, and a passionate voice!

This event will not be a civil disobedience action, and it is open to people of all ages.

‘When an alien resides with you in your land, you shall not oppress the alien. The alien who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the alien as yourself, for you were aliens in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God.’ Leviticus 19:33-34