Printable copies of this litany and similar litanies for six of our area states are available, along with coinciding footnote references for statistical numbers shown.
We light a candle for the 16.1 million children throughout the United States that are living their lives in poverty; The 27.7% of the children living in our communities in Louisiana that are affected by poverty in their families.
We light a candle for the 1 in 50 children in the United States that are homeless; The 21,000 children in public schools in Louisiana that are without a place to call home.
We light a candle for the 1 in 9 children throughout the United States living in households struggling to afford the food they needed to ensure their children would not go to sleep or to school hungry; the children that represent 23.5% of all children in Louisiana. While one-third of the children in the United States are overweight or obese.
We light a candle for the over five million children in the United States who are uninsured; the 59,000 children in Louisiana without health insurance.
We light a candle for the teen mother and her baby that will be born every 1.5 minutes; for the 7,083 teens and their babies born in Louisiana.
We light a candle for the 7,000 children who drop out of a public high school each day; for the 26,386 children in Louisiana that drop out of high school.
We light a candle for the child that enters foster care every 2 minutes throughout the United States; for the 4,044 children in Louisiana living in foster placements; and the more than 23,000 youth that age out of foster care each year with no permanent family.
We light a candle for the 678,810 children under 18 in the United States that are abused or neglected; The more than 8,458 children that suffer from abuse or neglect each year in Louisiana; The families of the more than four children who will die today from child abuse or neglect.
We light a candle for the 580 families from around our country that call the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children each day, for the 2,185 children that go missing each day and the 797,500 children that go missing each year in the United States.
We light a candle for the 325,000 children that become victims of exploitation each year throughout North America, and the 5.5 million children that are victims of trafficking and forced labor practices around the world each year.
We light a candle for the 2,694 children that die each year in a senseless act of violence in the United States; the 87 children in Louisiana that lose their life to violence.
We light a candle for the over 1.6 million children under age 18 that are arrested or incarcerated in the United States; the 16,582 children in Louisiana affected by their criminal offenses.
We light the Christ Candle and remember that You are ever present in our lives and in the lives of your precious children of the United States, and the World. God, we come to You in Worship today to adore and Praise you for all that you have done for us and continue to do in the lives of Your children
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We encourage you to use this litany twice per year in your congregations, in the spring and in the fall. The litany links (on the left side of this web page), reference litanies with titles of: Candle Lighting Litany for Children’s Sabbath - <State>.
The "Children's Sabbath" is one suggested time of use, to coincide with the annual event of the **National Observance of Children's Sabbath in October.
Click here for an informative bulletin insert for a Children's Sabbath.
** The National Observance of Children's Sabbaths is an annual event held each year, typically during the third weekend of October. However, others choose to observe the event at a different time of year that better suits the life of their congregations. Sponsored by the Children's Defense Fund, this event is a way for faith communities to celebrate children as sacred gifts of the Divine, and provides the opportunity for houses of worship to renew and live out their moral responsibility to care, protect and advocate for all children. This celebration is a part of a broader children's movement that aims to unite communities and religious congregations of all faiths across the nation in shared concern for children and a common commitment to improving their lives and working for justice on their behalf.