For the early Mass this morning I opted to celebrate St. Josephine Bakhita, and during the Prayer of the Faithful I invited the assembly to pray for Sudan and her people, as well as for the safety of all trafficked persons and for the formation of consciences on this issue.
It's one of those days that makes you look forward to the forthcoming English translation of the third edition Roman Missal; St. Josephine has a proper collect in the 2002 MR, but we can't use it because a translation has not yet been promulgated. Here it is:
Deus, qui beatam Iosephinam a servitute abiecta,
ad dignitatem filiae tuae et Christi sponsae adduxisti,
da nobis, quaesumus, eius exemplo,
Dominum Iesum crucifixum constanti dilectione prosequi
et in caritate ad misericordiam propensos perseverare.
God, who drew blessed Josephine from abject servitude
to the dignity of being your daughter and a spouse of Christ,
grant to us, we ask, that by her example,
we may follow the crucified Jesus with constant love,
and be lovingly ready to persevere in mercy.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son...