World AIDS Day 2019 IHM Prayer Service

Recommended for December 1

For and with all who suffer from with HIV/AIDS

Introduction: Chuck VanVleet

Lighting of Christ Candle with red ribbon

Opening Song: Christ Has No Body Now but Yours
# 760 The Gather Book

Christ has no body now but yours, no hands but yours,
Here on this earth yours is the work to serve with
the joy of compassion.

No hands but yours to heal the wounded world,
no hands but yours to soothe all its suffr'ring,
no touch but yours to bind the broken hope of the people of God.


No eyes but yours to see what Christ would see,
to find the lost, to gaze with compassion;
no eyes but yours to glimpse the holy joy of the city of God.


No feet but yours to journey with the poor,
to walk this world with mercy and justice,
Yours are the steps to build a lasting peace for the children of God


Give us strength to love each other, ev'ry sister, ev'ry brother,
Spirit of all kindness, be our guide.


You who know each thought and feeling, teach us all your way of healing, of compassion, fill each heart.

Text/Tune: Marty Haugen
©1987, GIA Publications

All songs are reprinted with permission under - A-703033

For doctors and nurses serving at free clinics under stressful conditions

For volunteers who face overwhelming problems without means to help

For ourselves who can make a difference by support and advocacy

Response: Spirit of God, give us hearts to respond

Closing Prayer
Loving God, we lift up all those suffering from HIV and AIDS: bring your healing and restoration to their bodies, minds and spirits. Lead us to do whatever it will take to eradicate this illness from the lives of those who are touched by it, both directly and indirectly. We offer this prayer, trusting in you and the strength of your Spirit. Amen

Adapted from a prayer by the National African
American Catholic HIV/AIDS Task Force

Closing Song:
Healer of our Every Ill
# 960 The Gather Book

Healer of our every ill, light of each tomorrow, give us peace beyond our fear and hope beyond our sorrow

You who know our fears and sadness, Grace us with your peace and gladness, Spirit of all comfort, fill our hearts.


In the pain and joy, beholding grace is still unfolding,
Give us all your vision, God of love.


Through every gift give back to those in need; As Christ has blessed, so now be his blessing, with ev'ry gift a benediction be to the people of God


Text/Tune: St Teresa of Avila adapted by Steven C. Warner
©2003 World Library Publications

Opening Prayer: All

God of Promise, today we are mindful of our sisters and brothers suffering with HIV and AIDS. We ask your healing presence on millions of people living with the disease today; particularly children who are infected or who have been orphaned by the disease.

Make of us a safe haven for those who are abandoned, discriminated against and rejected on account of their illness.
Inspire us to speak out for a just distribution of health care and medical aid in this country and for generosity in sharing our resources with those struggling under the weight of this epidemic overseas.

As we begin our Advent celebration of waiting in hope for the birth of your Son, let us remember those across the world who wait in hope for a cure. Amen.

Catholic Health Care Association

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