Thank you for joining thousands of people across the United States and around the world who have come together in the 100 Days of Prayer campaign for persons who are sick or injured and those who care for them.
February 11 is World Day of the Sick, an observation introduced by Pope John Paul II as a way to offer prayers for those who are ill and their caregivers. Thank you for joining us in prayer to offer appreciation and support to all those who provide care and compassion each day to the sick, elderly and vulnerable.
A PRAYER FOR WORLD DAY OF THE SICK
GOD OF HEALING AND COMPASSION,
You shower us with your infinite care,
and comfort all in pain and affliction.
LOOK WITH ABUNDANT MERCY ON ALL WHO SUFFER
in body, mind or spirit. Grant healing and hope
to the sick, the wounded and the dying
in their darkest hours, so they may witness the power
of Your Healing Presence in the world.
WE THANK YOU, GRACIOUS GOD,
for all those who have contributed to the mission
of Catholic health care for more than 200 years in the United States.
These are the women and men who
inspire and inform the work we do every day.
SEND YOUR MERCIFUL LOVE AND EMPOWERING PRESENCE
to all who continue working to alleviate the suffering
of the sick, the lonely and the broken-hearted, wherever they may be.
Sustain us, Your ministers of compassion and healing,
in our work in the world as we continue Your mission of love and healing.
MAY WE BE THE FACE OF YOUR SON, JESUS, WHO SAID,
"Come to me all who labor and are burdened
and you will find rest for your souls,
for my yoke is easy and my burden light."
May all who work in health care and all those who suffer
with family and loved ones who are ill
feel their burdens lightened through the intercession of our prayers.
WE ASK THIS, ON THE WORLD DAY OF THE SICK,
through the intercession of Our Lady of Lourdes,
whose feast we celebrate today,
and in the name of your Son, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit,
now and forever. AMEN.
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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Catholic Health Association of the United States. We invite you to visit our new centennial websites at www.chausa.org/100.
Thank you to all who have signed up to participate in the 100 Days of Prayer
leading up to World Day of the Sick on Feb. 11, 2015.