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Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow into joy. Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
– “For the Poor and Neglected”
from The Book of Common Prayer
Watch, dear Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ, rest your weary ones. Bless your dying ones. Soothe your suffering ones. Pity your afflicted ones. Shield your joyous ones. And all for your love’s sake, amen.
When all is darkness and we feel our weakness and helplessness, give us the sense of your presence, your love and your strength. Help us to have perfect trust in your protecting love and strengthening power, so that nothing may frighten or worry us, for living close to you, we shall see your hand, your purpose, your will through all things.
– Ignatius of Loyola
Lord, I would pray for the Church; help us to love one another. Help us to be family, your body. Help us to show your love within and without the Church. Help us to communicate your love, your gospel, your mercy and justice. Help us to sacrifice our comfort for your will and truth.
– Anonymous member of 2006 Rhetoric of AIDS class, Wheaton College