Prayers for World AIDS Day (part 1)

Oh God, you are the creator of all. Today we your creatures prostrate ourselves before you in supplication. We have no strength. You who have created us have all power. We bring you our seed and all our implements, that you may bless them and bless us also, so that we may make good use of them by the power, which comes from you, our Creator.

A Zambian prayer (from, A CRS Prayer Service)

The following are some links to resources on prayer for HIV/AIDS.  Several have been specifically designed to be used by individuals or groups on or around World AIDS Day.  There are a few short liturgies, texts of written prayers, and some guides to information and more resources.

I find these types of material helpful, because it can be so hard to pray about something as big, broad, and diverse as the HIV/AIDS epidemic.  It can help to have the words of others to reflect on and internalize.  And as I do so – even as millions of people around the world pray on this World AIDS Day – there is this encouragement, this comfort:

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows what the Spirit is saying, for the Spirit pleads for us believersin harmony with God’s own will.

Romans 8:26-27 (New Living Translation)

Advent in a Time of AIDS: “Keep the Promise” Advent Calendar – available in English, French, Spanish, German, Russian
(Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance)

World AIDS Day Liturgy – available in English, Spanish, French, German
(Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance)

A Service of Wholeness for World AIDS Day  (PCUSA)

The Picture of Compassion: A CRS Prayer Service (Catholic Relief Service)

World AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil of Hope (Catholic Relief Service)

Prayers for people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS (Church World Service)

Prayers for women living with and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS (Church World Service)

Prayers for children orphaned and made vulnerable to HIV/AIDS (Church World Service)

HIV/AIDS Prayer (National African American Catholic HIV/AIDS Task Force)

Global AIDS Prayer Points (World Vision)

Resources (Global AIDS Prayer Partnership)

AIDS-Related Worship Resources (Program Committee on Education for Mission, National Council of Churches)

(See part 2, with a few favorite prayer texts.)

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~ by h.e.g. on December 1, 2009.

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