Throughout August we are invited to join with others around the world to pray for all those who work and live from the sea. Let us pray for sailors, fisherfolk and their families.
Let us pray especially for the fisherfolk whose livelihoods are affected by the ravages of climate change and the over-fishing of the oceans.
We pray for those asylum seekers desperate to flee persecution and violence, who set out on treacherous seas in search for a welcome and a secure home. Too often they lose their lives on the seas.
We remember too the hundreds of young men who in seeking to make a livelihood, are trafficked and exploited by others in the fishing industry around the world. During August we pledge to become more aware of the needs and complex challenges for all who sail the oceans and who work and live from the sea.