Prayers at the close of Blog Action Day

I’ve been thinking for a long time about what to write for Blog Action Day, and I’ve been changing my mind about it pretty much all day.  How should I relate poverty and AIDS?  Silly question — they’re so intimately connected, so tangled together, that I couldn’t un relate them if I tried.  Look just about anywhere on this blog, and you can find vivid examples of the interactions between poverty and HIV/AIDS.

And then there’s the other main subject of this blog: faith.  And that’s where I want to end on a day that I hope has stirred people to think about poverty and related problems around the world.  Here at the end of the day, I offer prayers.

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.   (Book of Common Prayer, 1979)

We beg you, Lord, to help and defend us. Deliver the oppressed, pity the insignificant, raise the fallen, show yourself to the needy, heal the sick, bring back those of your people who have gone astray, feed the hungry, lift up the weak, take off the prisoners’ chains. May every nation come to know that you alone are God, that Jesus Christ is your child, that we are your people, the sheep of your pasture.   (Clement of Rome)

We bring before you, O Lord, the troubles and perils of people and nations, the sighing of prisoners and captives, the sorrows of the bereaved, the necessities of strangers, the helplessness of the weak, the despondency of the weary, the failing powers of the aged. O Lord, draw near to each: for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.   (St. Anselm)

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.   (St. Augustine)

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~ by h.e.g. on October 15, 2008.

7 Responses to “Prayers at the close of Blog Action Day”

  1. This is a beautiful way to end Blog Action Day 2008. As a participant I covet those prayers. May God in turn bless you and the work you do for Him.

  2. interesting post.

    for my part, i also turn to sites like freerice (rice donation), kiva (microfinance), and goodsearch (donation per search), as ways to help alleviate poverty online. i also put up their banners on my blog. :)

    saw this post via the blog action day site. it’s great that you’re participating. :)

  3. Amen.

  4. I really love your blog – I just found it when I was doing research for a sermon for World AIDS Day. You should apply to come to the Commission on the Status of Women as part of a young women’s ecumenical delegation. http://ecumenicalwomen.org/2008/12/02/ncc-young-womens-leadership-delegation-accepting-applications/ –Emily

  5. mm.. thanks.

  6. Just wanted to say I’m really proud of everything you’re doing.
    Here is the video I did for the young lions competition in hopes of encouraging people to add their names and help Oxfam by joining the movement to encourage world leaders to vote for change at the summit in Copenhagen in December.
    Hope you enjoy!

  7. On Wednesday, President Obama will hold another online town hall, this time focused on health care reform. From WhiteHouse.gov : This online town hall will be a little different than the last one. This time around, we are engaging online networks outside of WhiteHouse.gov, such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter. You can get started today by watching the President’s video and posting your 20-30 second video response here : Later this afternoon

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