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Invocation

MAY DAY 11

 

 

 

 

May 1st is a day of special significance for the labour movement. Its a day of worldwide solidarity. A time to remember  past struggles and demonstrate our hope for a better future. A day to remember that an injury to one is an injury to all. But why Mayday? What is its history? Over a century ago the American Federation of Labour adopted a historic resolution which asserted that "eight hours shall constitute a legal days labour from and after May 1st, 1886".All across America in the months prior to this resolution, workers in their thousands were starting to struggle for a shorter week. Skilled and unskilled, men and women, black and white, immigrant and native were all fighting together.Chicago was the main centre of agitation. Over 300 000 workers came out on May 1st. It was here that Mayday was born.

 

 

In 1955, the Roman Catholic Church dedicated May 1 to "Saint Joseph The Worker". The Catholic Church considers Saint Joseph the patron saint of (among others) workers, craftsmen, immigrants and "people fighting communism".

Songwriter Joe Hill wrote in one of his most powerful songs: 

                                             Workers of the world, awaken!
                                             Rise in all your splendid might
                                             Take the wealth that you are making,
                                             It belongs to you by right.
                                             No one will for bread be crying
                                             We'll have freedom, love and health,
                                             When the grand red flag is flying
                                             In the Workers' Commonwealth.

 

In the name of Workers around the globe, we praise You Lord and Master for the dignity You bestow to people enabling them to live by the work of their hands. May our work always promote well being and happy living. May the red flag turn into one of love, respect and dignity, thus may we claim our rights.

St. Joseph, the Worker, be our model to achieve this in a just manner as you did.

 Let us also appeal to Blessed Pope John Paul II   to bless and intercede on behalf of the Workers world-wide.

Amen. Alleluia!

 

 

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