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25TH World Day of Prayer for the Sick – 11 February 2017

25TH World Day of Prayer for the Sick

11 February 2017

 

In his message to the Church commemorating this special Day, Pope Francis writes:

“The gaze of Mary, Comfort of the Afflicted, brightens the face of the Church in her daily commitment to the suffering and those in need…

This great wealth of humanity and faith must not be dissipated. Instead, it should inspire us to speak openly of our human weaknesses and to address the challenges of present-day healthcare and technology. On this World Day of the Sick, may we find new incentive to work for the growth of a culture of respect for life, health and the environment. May this Day also inspire renewed efforts to defend the integrity and dignity of persons, not least through a correct approach to bioethical issues, the protection of the vulnerable and the protection of the environment.”

Mary, our Mother,
in Christ you welcome each of us as a son or daughter.
Sustain the trusting expectation of our hearts,
succour us in our infirmities and sufferings,
and guide us to Christ, your Son and our brother.
Help us to entrust ourselves to the Father who accomplishes great things.

 

ANOINTING OF THE SICK

Next Saturday (11th), the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, is the Church’s day of prayer for the sick.  The Sacrament of Anointing will be offered after the 8.30am Mass and the 5.30pm Vigil Mass.  This for the aged, infirm, those facing surgery and for those in a care giving role.

Prayer of St. Teresa of Avila

Christ has no body now on earth but yours; no hands but your, no feet but yours.
Yours are the eyes with which he is to look out with compassion on the world.
Yours are the feet with which he is to go about doing good.
Yours are the hands with which he is to bless.

Prayer of Thanks

Thank you, generous God, for your pardon and peace.
Thank you for the one who speaks your forgiveness.
Thank you for guiding me home.
Thank you for creating me, believing in me, welcoming me.
Thank you for this new time to serve you, to love you
And to witness your presence by my way of life. Amen.

Prayer of Sorrow

O my God, I am sorry and beg pardon for all my sins. In choosing to wrong and failing to do good, I have left home and wandered far from you, the source of love and peace. Forgive me, merciful God. Heal me, compassionate Healer. Restore me to the image in which I was made – the image of your own likeness – and help me to radiate your mercy to all I meet. Bring me home.

Prayer to St. Joseph

O St. Joseph, whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in thee all my interests and desires. O St. Joseph, assist me by thy powerful intercession and obtain for me all spiritual blessings through thy foster Son, Jesus Christ Our Lord, so that, having engaged here below thy heavenly power, I may offer thee my thanksgiving and homage.
O St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating thee and Jesus asleep in thine arms. I dare not approach while He reposes near thy heart. Press Him in my name and kiss His fine head for me, and ask Him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath.
St. Joseph, patron of departing souls, pray for me.

This novena to Saint Joseph, the foster father of Christ, is often distributed on prayer cards with the following text: “This prayer was found in the 50th year of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. In 1505, it was sent from the pope to Emperor Charles when he was going into battle. Whoever shall read this prayer or hear it or keep it about themselves shall never die a sudden death or be drowned, nor shall poison take effect on them—neither shall they fall into the hands of the enemy or be burned in any fire or be overpowered in battle. Say for nine mornings for anything you desire. It has never been known to fail, provided that the request is for one’s spiritual benefit or for those whom we are praying for.”