A number of Brigidine Sisters joined with other Christians and members of ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) at St Peter’s Anglican Church, East Melbourne for an ecumenical service – “Holding the Light”. The service was planned to remember and pray for victims and survivors of domestic violence.
This was a fitting activity during the 16 Days Campaign Against Violence Against Women and Girls which runs from 25 November till 10 December.
The words of the Benediction at the close of the service accompanied all as we left the church:
“Let us go from here, as people who can change the world and as people who can bring love and healing.
Above all, let us go as bearers of light for those in dark places.
Let us go in strength; let us go in courage; let us go in peace and the blessing of God.”
Let us continue to support, advocate and pray for victims and survivors of domestic violence and break the silence about the mask of patriarchy that causes humiliation, suffering and despair among women.