Because you are God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, clothe yourselves with heartfelt compassion, with kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with one another; forgive whatever grievances you have against one another- forgive in the same way God has forgiven you. Above all else, put on love, which binds the rest together and makes them perfect.
Let Christ’s peace reign in your hearts since, as members of one body, you have been called to that peace. Dedicate yourselves to thankfulness. Let the Word of Christ, rich as it is, dwell in you. Instruct and admonish one another wisely. Sing gratefully to God from your hearts in psalms, hymns and songs of the Spirit. And whatever you do, whether in speech or in action, do it in the name of Jesus our Savior, giving thanks to God through Christ.
Gracious St. Joseph, faithful guardian of the Holy Family, watch over your people with the love and care you gave to Mary and Jesus.
May we employ your faithful example serving the Dear Neighbor without distinction. And may we act as witnesses of loving unity and reconciliation our community in these days ahead. We ask your intercession, praying for peace and healing in St. Louis and throughout our country. Amen.