FIFTH SUNDAY OF THE YEAR B – MARKING WORLD DAY OF THE SICK

We pray that the Church of God will everywhere seek to be the field hospital where the wounded and hurting know they will be welcomed, accepted and held in caring and healing
                             [Reader]                 Lord we pray ….
                             RESPONSE:         HEAL YOUR BROKEN WORLD

We pray for all who lead and govern the nations, that they will lead us to peace not war, give priority to healthcare for all, respect all human life especially the most frail and vulnerable, and no longer traumatise their people with terror and war

                             [Reader]                 Lord we pray ….
                             RESPONSE:         HEAL YOUR BROKEN WORLD

We cry out for all who are broken and excluded because of their struggle with mental illness; for those whose poverty and oppression deny them the healthcare, the compassion and understanding they need to recover wholeness and peace; we pray in particular for the 73 million refugees and displaced persons world-wide who suffer trauma of war, injustice and terrible disruption of their lives with little healthcare or psychological support

                             [Reader]                 Lord we pray ….
                             RESPONSE:         HEAL YOUR BROKEN WORLD

We pray for all affected by this global Covid pandemic: those struggling to survive this illness; health and care workers exhausted by the avalanche of sickness; families caring for the sick in their own homes; those afflicted with deep mental trauma and turmoil; we pray also for all whose treatment for life-threatening illnesses has been delayed because of Covid

                             [Reader]                 Lord we pray ….
                             RESPONSE:         HEAL YOUR BROKEN WORLD

We pray for the renewal of the healing ministry of the Church: that we will ‘bow before the suffering and vulnerable’, walk with the excluded and greet with acceptance society’s outcasts … for those who counsel the wounded, listen to the burdened, bring light to those trapped in darkness; for those who befriend the isolated and pray with the sick, for all who strive to make parishes communities of Christ’s healing Light

                             [Reader]                 Lord we pray ….
                             RESPONSE:         HEAL YOUR BROKEN WORLD

We pray for all whose lives are darkened by broken relationships and devastating griefs; for any who despair because of painful memories or incurable physical illness; for those trapped in mental disorder or unending darkness – may they rediscover their dignity as beloved children of the Father. 

                             [Reader]                 Lord we pray ….
                             RESPONSE:         HEAL YOUR BROKEN WORLD

For the sick in our hospitals, the dying in our hospices and the elderly in our care homes, for those suffering from Covid, and for … ;
for those who have died recently, especially …  and all who have died of Covid, preventable diseases and the wounds of war|
for all whose anniversaries are at this time, especially …

                             [Reader]                 Lord we pray ….
                             RESPONSE:         HEAL YOUR BROKEN WORLD

We ask Mary, Sister of Compassion and Mother of the Wounded, to pray with us for our world…

                                                                    HAIL MARY…

We pray for all health workers, researchers and carers in a moment of silence…

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