Resources for Prayers in response to abuse of any kind (2022)

As well as the Service entitled: “PRAYERS FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SUFFERED ABUSE OF ANY KIND” to be found in our Circle of Care section, here below we present a selection of texts from Scripture, Reflections, Prayers, Litanies and Suggestions for Music that may be of help to you in developing an appropriate prayer response in relation to the issue of abuse of any kind.

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The following prayer was sent to Archbishop Martin by someone who suffered abuse
so that it could be shared in our parishes. It captures our situation with simplicity and sincerity.
Lord, we are so sorry for what some of us did
to your children: treated them so cruelly,
especially in their hour of need.
We have left them with a lifelong suffering.
This was not your plan for them or us.
Please help us to help them.
Guide us, Lord, Amen.

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Some sample prayers of intercession –
[Include two or three of the following in your Prayer of the Faithful:]

Introduction:In humility of heart, let us pray to God,
whose love and faithfulness endures forever.

1. We pray for all who have been abused
whether physically, mentally, emotionally or sexually:
that the Lord of all tenderness and compassion
will restore them and give them peace.

2. We pray that we may become more and more
a community that actively cares for and protects
the most vulnerable sections of our society,
particularly our children.

3. We pray for the Spirit of wisdom: that it will enlighten the minds of all
people and lead to a growth in awareness and a determination to put an end to
all acts of violence and abuse.

4. We pray for all in the healing professions who minister to those who suffer
as a result of violence or abuse:
that God will give them an abundance of love,
compassion and wisdom.

Concluding prayer:
God our rock and our strength on whom we lean,
help us to create an atmosphere of trust
which allows the unspeakable to be said.
Help us to live with our painful memories.
May we support each other and be safe places for each other.
We pray this in the name of Jesus, your compassion made flesh,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
now and for ever. Amen.

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Paidreacha dIdirghui
A Dhia, ta aiféal orainn as ucht na rudaí a rinne cuid dúinn dod phaistí:
gur caitheadh leo chomh chrualach, in am a gátar ach go hairithe.
Dfhagamar iad le cruatan saoil.
Níorbh e seo do scéim dóibh súid ná dúinne.
Cabhraigh linn le cabhair a thabhairt doibh súid.
Treoraí sinn, A Thiarna, Amen.

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Gui an Phobail
Le humhail croí, guímis do Dia, maireann a ghrá agus dilseacht go buan.

1. Guimís ar son gach duine gur baineadh mí-usáid asta bíodh sin go fisiciúil,
go hintinneach, go maoithneach nó gréasach:
go ndéanfadh an Tiarna atá lan de cineáltacht agus trua athneartú orthú and
síocháni a thabhairt dóibh.

2. Guimís go mbéimid ina phobal ata gríomhach ag tabhairt aire agus cosaint don
cuid dár sochaí atá gan chosaint, ár bpáistí ach go háirithe.

3. Guimís ar son spiorad na crionnachta; go dtabharfar leargas dintinn gach
duine agus go dtreoraí se dfhás in eolas agus diongbháilteacht le deireadh a chuir le
gníomhartha dfhoreigean agus mí-úsáid

4. Guimís ar son na gairme cneasú a thugann fóirithint dóibh súid atá ag
fulaingt de thoradh ar fhoreigean nó mí-úsáid go dtabharfaidh Dia flúirse grá,
trua agus críonnacht dóibh.

Dia ár gcarraig agus ár neart ar a gclaonaimid
cabhraigh linn atmaisféar de mhuinín a chruthú
ina gceadaitear an doluaite a lua.
Cabhraigh linn maireachtan lenár gcuimhní pianmhar
Go dtugaimid tacaíocht dá chéile agus bheith mar áit slán da chéile.
Guimis in ainm Íosa, do trua,
a mhaireann agus a rialaíonn trí shaol na saol.

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NEW TESTAMENT SCRIPTURE
From the letter of St Paul to the Romans 8:26-27
When faced with great difficulty, we often can be at a total loss for words.
But the Spirit of God can express even our sighs to the heart of God.

The Spirit comes to help us in our weakness.
For when we cannot choose words in order to pray properly,
the Spirit himself expresses our plea
in a way that could never be put into words,
and God who knows everything in our hearts
knows perfectly well what he means,
and that the pleas of the saints expressed by the Spirit
are according to the mind of God.

From the first letter of St Peter 5: 5b, 7, 10b-11.
Wrap yourselves in humility to be servants of each other,
because God refuses the proud and will always favour the humble.
Unload all your worries onto Him,
since He is looking after you…
The God of all grace
who called you to eternal glory in Christ
will see that all is well again:
he will confirm, strengthen and support you.
His power lasts forever and ever. Amen.

RESPONSORIAL PSALMS:
From Psalm 33
The Lord is close to the broken hearted

I will bless the Lord at all times,
His praise always on my lips;
in the Lord my soul shall make its boast.
The humble will hear and be glad.
The Lord is close to the broken hearted

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Glorify the Lord with me.
Together let us praise His name.
I sought the Lord and He answered me;
from all my terrors He set me free.
The Lord is close to the broken hearted

Look towards Him and be radiant;
let your faces not be abashed.
When the poor cry out the Lord hears them
and rescues them from all their distress.
The Lord is close to the broken hearted

The Lord is close to the broken hearted;
Those whose spirit is crushed He will save.
The Lord is close to the broken hearted

From Psalm 68 (69)
In your great love, answer me O God

I am wearied with all my crying,
my throat is parched.
My eyes are wasted away
from looking for my God.
In your great love, answer me O God

This is my prayer to you,
my prayer for your favour.
In your great love answer me O God,
with your help that never fails.
In your great love, answer me O God

Lord, answer, for your love is kind;
in your compassion, turn towards me.
Do not hide your face from your servant;
answer me quickly for I am in distress.
In your great love, answer me O God

As for me in my poverty and pain,
let your help, O God, lift me up.
In your great love, answer me O God

From Psalm 26
The Lord is my light and my help

The Lord is my light and my help;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
before whom shall I shrink?
The Lord is my light and my help

For there He keeps me safe in his tent
in the day of evil.
He hides me in the shelter of his tent,
on a rock he sets me safe.
The Lord is my light and my help

O Lord, hear my voice when I call;
have mercy and answer.
Of you my heart has spoken:
“Seek His face.”
The Lord is my light and my help

It is your face O Lord that I seek;
hide not your face.
Dismiss not your servant in anger;
You have been my help.
The Lord is my light and my help

Do not abandon or forsake me,
O God my help!
Though father and mother forsake me,
the Lord will receive me.
The Lord is my light and my help

GOSPEL TEXTS:
From the Gospel according to Matthew 11:28-30
Jesus said to His disciples:
“Come to me, all you who labour and are overburdened,
and I will give you rest.
Shoulder my yoke and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart,
and you will find rest for your souls.
Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.”

From the Gospel according to Matthew 18:5-7a, 10
Jesus said to His disciples:
“Anyone who welcomes a little child in my name welcomes me.
But anyone who is an obstacle
to bring down one of these little ones who have faith in me
would be better drowned in the depths of the sea
with a great millstone round his neck.
Alas for the world that there should be such obstacles!
See that you never despise any of these little ones,
for I tell you that their angels in heaven
are continually in the presence of my Father in heaven.”

From the Gospel according to Mark 4:35-41
With the coming of evening, Jesus said to his disciples, Let us cross over to the other side. And leaving the crowd behind they took him, just as he was, in the boat; and there were other boats with him. Then it began to blow a gale and the waves were breaking into the boat so that it was almost swamped. But he was in the stern, his head on the cushion, asleep. They woke him and said to him, Master, do you not care? We are going down! And he woke up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, Quiet now! Be calm! And the wind dropped, and all was calm again.

From the Gospel according to John 10:11-18
Jesus said:

“I am the good shepherd:
the good shepherd is one who lays down his life for his sheep.
The hired man, since he is not the shepherd
and the sheep do not belong to him,
abandons the sheep and runs away
as soon as he sees a wolf coming,
and then the wolf attacks and scatters the sheep;
this is because he is only a hired man
and has no concern for the sheep.
I am the good shepherd;
I know my own and my own know me,
just as the Father knows me
and I know the Father;
and I lay down my life for my sheep.”

From the Gospel according to John 14:1
Jesus said to His disciples:
“Do not let your hearts be troubled .
Trust in God still,
and trust in me.”

From the Gospel according to John 14: 27
Jesus said to His disciples:

“Peace I bequeath to you,
My own peace I give you,
a peace the world cannot give, this is my gift to you.
Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.”

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REFLECTIONS and PRAYERS:
God of endless love,
ever caring, ever strong,
always present, always just:

You gave your only Son
to save us by the blood of his cross.

Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace,
join to your own suffering
the pain of all who have been hurt
in body, mind, and spirit
by those who betrayed the trust placed in them.

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Hear our cries of distress
over the harm done to our brothers and sisters.
Breathe wisdom into our prayers,
soothe restless hearts with hope,
steady shaken spirits with faith:
Show us the way to justice and wholeness,
enlightened by truth and enfolded in your mercy.

Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts,
heal your peoples wounds
and transform our brokenness.
Grant us courage and wisdom, humility and grace
so that we may act with justice
and find peace in you.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen. (from a prayer produced by the US Conference of Bishops]
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Praise to you, Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
source of all consolation and hope.
By your Sons dying and rising
He remains our light in every darkness,
our strength in every weakness.
Be the refuge and guardian
of all who suffer from abuse and violence.
Comfort them and send healing
for their wounds of body, soul and spirit.
Rescue them from bitterness and shame
and refresh them with your love.
Heal the brokenness in all victims of abuse
and revive the spirits of all who lament this sin.
Help us to follow Jesus
in drawing good from evil, life from death.
Make us one with you in your love for justice
as we deepen our respect
for the dignity of every human life.
Giver of peace, make us one in celebrating your praise,
both now and forever. Amen.

(Bishop of St Cloud, USA)

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A Blessing: For Broken Trust
By John O’Donoghue

Sometimes there is an invisible raven
That will fly low to pierce the shell of trust
When it has been brought near to ground.

When he strikes, he breaks the faith of years
That had built quietly through the seasons
In the rhythm of tried and tested experience.

With one strike, the shelter is down
And the black yolk of truth turned false
Would poison the garden of memory.

Now the heart’s dream turns to requiem,
Offering itself a poultice of tears
To cleanse from loss what cannot be lost.

Through all the raw and awkward days,
Dignity will hold the heart to grace
Lest it squander its dream on a ghost.

Often torn ground is ideal for seed
That can root disappointment deep enough
To yield a harvest that cannot wither:

A deeper light to anoint the eyes,
Passion that opens wings in the heart,
A subtle radiance of countenance:
the soul is ready for its true other.

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The Alexian Brothers’ Prayer to Christ the Healer
In the comfort of your love,

I pour out to you, my Saviour,
The memories that haunt me,
The anxieties that perplex me,
The fears that stifle me,
The sickness that prevails upon me,
And the frustration of all the pain
that weaves about within me.
Lord, help me to see your peace in my turmoil,
your compassion in my sorrow,
your forgiveness in my weakness,
And, your love in my need.
Touch me, O Lord, with your healing power and strength.

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A Prayer for Inner Peace & Transformation
Joyce Rupp

Dear God, come with me into this day. Be with me where the dark things are. Take my hand through the valley of shadows; cast out fear and pride from my heart. Allow me to see the great hollow spot in me that has never been transformed into you. Take me to the ‘Lazarus Gulf’; do not spare me from the terror of it. Only, please God, do not let go of me for I will fall into my fear and leave you.

Praise be to you, shining shield of love. Alleluia to you, great God of warmth whose strong hand in my own keep s taking me to places I’d rather not go. My trust is in you, divine companion. O maker of mine, O giver of my life, trudge with me down my path of death into the murky mud of my sin.
Stay with me as I see how unlike you I am, and then, beautiful gift of goodness, turn my heart around to face you. Allow me to behold the radiance of your astounding, wonderful beauty. Then, my loving God, I will be home.

The following reflections are based on prayers
written by Brother Roger of Taizé:

Christ Jesus, Saviour of every life,

You take our burdens upon yourself.
You suffer with all who bear the cross of suffering
in whatever form it takes.
So that, with you,
we can move forward:
from worry and anxiety to trust,
from darkness to light.

With you accompanying us,
even what pains our heart,
even our own darkness
can be made bright
by the inner light of the Holy Spirit.

You stretched out your arms on the cross
and reconciled us to one another
and to the Father.
You brought God and humanity together in your body.
Wrap your arms around our broken lives
and restore us to the harmony
that exists in you.

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Jesus our hope, Peace of our hearts,
in you we find the consolation
God wants to pour into our lives.
And we understand that, in prayer,
we can bring everything to you
entrust everything to you:
even the things of which we are ashamed
even the things of which we are afraid.

Help us to live each day as a day that belongs to you,
and to rejoice at what you accomplish in our souls.
In this way we can be channels of your peace,
living vessels of your presence.
Jesus, help us to live by the words you speak to us:
“My peace I leave you
Do not let your heart be troubled anymore.”

LITANIES
In the Gospel of Matthew, even before Jesus is born he is also called:
“Immanuel – a name which means ‘God-is-with-us’” [Matt 1:23]Jesus’ first work is to accompany us.
We hear it again the invitation to Jesus from the two disciples on the Road to Emmaus: when “they pressed Him to stay with them” [Luke 24:29]We invite Him to accompany us as we pray:


(Our response is: ‘Stay with us Lord’)

When peace is fragile Stay with us, Lord
When tempers are raised Stay with us, Lord
When atrocities occur Stay with us, Lord
When forgiveness is rejected Stay with us, Lord
When talks break down Stay with us, Lord
When agreements are broken Stay with us, Lord
When darkness weighs upon us Stay with us, Lord
When we cannot see you Stay with us, Lord
When burdens feel too heavy Stay with us, Lord
When hope seems faint Stay with us, Lord
When we are weak Stay with us, Lord
When faith seems difficult Stay with us, Lord

We ask the Risen Lord to continue to walk with and protect those who are burdened –
(our response is: Walk with them, Lord)

For all who have lost hope Walk with them, Lord
For all who suffer Walk with them, Lord
For all who are sick and in pain Walk with them, Lord
For all who are strugglingWalk with them, Lord
For all who have been badly hurt in life Walk with them, Lord
For all who are grieving Walk with them, Lord
For all who are depressedWalk with them, Lord
For all who feel rejected Walk with them, Lord
For all who feel unloved Walk with them, Lord
For all who are oppressed Walk with them, Lord
For all who are anxious Walk with them, Lord

Some suggestions for music:

Stand beside me John Columba McCann OSB
Healer of my soul John Michael Talbot
The Lord will heal the broken heart (God of life) Liam Lawton
The Cloud’s Veil Liam Lawton
Heal us, Lord Liam Lawton
Christ be near at either hand Traditional
A Mhuire Mháthair Tradisiúnta arr. Ian Callanan
Sé an Tiarna m’Aoire Fintan O’Carroll
Calm me Lord Margaret Rizza
Your Mercy Like Rain Rory Cooney
Be still and know that I am God anon.
Be still my soul K. von Schlegel/Sibelius
My soul is longing for your peace Lucien Deiss
Within our darkest night Taizé
Lord Jesus Christ, your light shines within us Taizé
Create in me (Ps 51) David Haas
You are mine David Haas
In God alone David Haas
Keep me safe O God John Foley

LITURGY OF LAMENT AND REPENTANCE FOR THE SEXUAL ABUSE OF CHILDREN BY PRIESTS AND RELIGIOUS

Song Bless the Lord, my Soul (Taizé)
All sing: Bless the Lord, my soul, And bless God’s holy name
Bless the Lord, my soul Who leads me into life.

Introduction We gather today, before the God of all tenderness and compassion, to ask God’s forgiveness for sins and crimes of sexual, physical, emotional and spiritual abuse perpetrated in the Catholic Church against the young. Conscious of ourselves as members of the Body of Christ we collectively repent of these great evils.

All sing: Bless the Lord, my soul …

We remember St. Paul ’s teaching that if one part of the body is hurt all the members share its pain (1 Cor 12:26). We come before God today aware of the deep suffering of our sisters and brothers who were abused by Church personnel. We lament the hurt and injuries inflicted upon them. Together we repent of the hardness of heart and lack of pastoral love that further traumatised them and prolonged their suffering and that of their loved ones.

All sing: Bless the Lord, my soul …

ArchbishopMartin
We ask forgiveness of God and of all survivors for the failure of those Church leaders, and many others in the family of the Church, to respond with love, integrity, honesty, understanding and compassion to their pain and distress.
Lamenting our failures in the past and in a spirit of deep repentance we pray for God’s healing love to enfold and comfort survivors of clerical and religious sexual abusenow and in the future.
All sing: Bless the Lord, my soul

Opening Prayer
L
et us pray,
Loving God, we ask your mercy and forgiveness for the sins and crimes perpetrated against your children, sisters and brothers of Jesus Christ, young temples of the Holy Spirit.
We confess that we are guilty and our sins fill us with dismay.
Yet we continue to hope and in repenting of our sins, which caused so much harm, we seek to reach out to our sisters and brothers who are survivors of clerical and religious abuse. We pray for their healing and well being.
All pray together:
We pray that through conversion of mind and heart in all members of the Church: bishops, priests, religious and lay-faithful, we might recognise the suffering face of Christ present in survivors of clerical and religious abuse. We pray that new ways may be found to try and restore their sense of God-given dignity, to respond to them in that spirit of love and justice demanded by the Gospel. We make our prayer through Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

Reading Joel 2:12-13, 17
Even now,’ declares the Lord, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.’

Responsorial Psalm 50 (Michael Joncas)

All sing: Be merciful, O Lord, for we have sinned.

Reflection St Catherine of Siena (14th Century)
When one is in charge, one often fails in true justice. And this is the reason: one is afraid of losing one’s status, so in order not to displease others, one keeps covering and hiding their wrong-doing, smearing ointment on a wound which at the time needs to be cauterized. Alas, how sad I feel when those who should use the flame of divine charity to burn out crime by holy punishment and correction, administered in true justice, flatter others and pretend not to see their wrong-doing. They behave in this way toward those whom they think may harm their position. But toward the poor who seem insignificant and whom they do not fear, they display tremendous enthusiasm for ‘justice’ and, showing neither mercy nor compassion, they exact harsh punishments for small faults.

Instrumental
Gospel Matthew 18:1-6
Anyone who is the downfall of one of these little ones…would be better drowned in the depths of the sea .’

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Song Pity then the Child (Liam Lawton)
Pity then the child whose heart is ever mild
Who wonders at the earth, the sky, the sea.
Tender is the child, whose heart it knows no guile,
who’ll gaze the face of God eternally.

Testimony

Instrumental (Caoineadh na dTrí Mhuire)

Prayer
All say: Lord, we are so sorry for what some of us did to your children:
treated them so cruelly, especially in their hour of need.
We have left them with a lifelong suffering.
This was not your plan for them or us.
Please help us to help them. Guide us, Lord, Amen.
(A prayer sent to Archbishop Martin by a survivor of abuse)

Testimony

Instrumental

Prayer
All say: Lord, we are so sorry for what some of us did to your children:
treated them so cruelly, especially in their hour of need.
We have left them with a lifelong suffering.
This was not your plan for them or us
Please help us to help them. Guide us, Lord, Amen.
Response

Washing of Feet

Song Servant Song (Richard Gillard)
All sing: Will you let me be your servant, let me be as Christ to you.
Pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant too
We are pilgrims on the journey, we are trav’lers on the road
We are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load.

I will hold the Christ light for you in the night-time of your fear
I will hold my hand out to you; speak the peace you long to hear.
I will weep when you are weeping; when you laugh I’ll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow till we’ve seen this journey through.

When we sing to God in heaven, we shall find such harmony,
Born of all we’ve known together of Christ’s love and agony.
Will you let me be your servant, let me be as Christ to you.
Pray that I may have the grace to let you be my servant too.

Litany of Lament and Repentance
We turn to God in sorrow and humility, confessing our sins against God and God’s children, asking for mercy and forgiveness.
For the crimes and sins of sexual and physical abuse perpetrated by clergy and servants of the Church against children and young people; for the failure to love, respect, nurture and cherish young people – especially the most vulnerable. We ask your forgiveness.
All sing: Kyrie, Kyrie eleison (Plainchant)
For the immense psychological harm and lasting spiritual devastation caused to survivors abused by Church representatives. We pray for the healing and peace of those whose suffering continues at home and abroad.
All sing:Kyrie, Kyrie eleison
For the sins of bishops and religious superiors, when they failed to respond as good shepherds to survivors of abuse by priests and religious. For indifference in the face of human suffering, for putting the institutional Church before the safety of children, for covering up crimes of abuse, and by so doing actually causing the sexual abuse of more children. For their lack of compassion and pastoral love, for the scandal given to God’s people by their negligence and for the harm caused to the Church’s mission by those in authority and responsibility. We ask God’s forgiveness for the deaf ear, the blind eye and the hard heart.
All sing:Kyrie, Kyrie eleison
For the sins of those priests and religious who not only abused God’s children but also scandalised them in the way our Lord deplored. We pray also that they may find forgiveness and ultimate healing, be delivered from denial and sincerely repent.
All sing:Kyrie, Kyrie eleison
For any indifference and lack of compassion experienced by survivors of clerical and religious abuse by their fellow Church members, who could have supported them. For any hostility towards them, refusal to believe them, lack of care and acceptance towards our brothers and sisters who were unjustly subjected to such pain.
All sing:Kyrie, Kyrie eleison
For the anguish and distress caused to the families and friends of those abused by priests and religious. We lament the burdens of sorrow they carry on account of the injuries inflicted on their loved ones.
All sing:Kyrie, Kyrie eleison
For those who died prematurely as a result of the spiritual, psychological, and emotional damage they suffered through abuse. We grieve for the wounds that did not heal in this world. We remember those who died as a result of suicide. May God be close to those who mourn their loss. We remember them now, in a moment of silence…

Reflection (Based on a prayer written by Brother Roger of Taizé)
Christ Jesus, Saviour of every life,
You take our burdens upon yourself.
You suffer with all who bear the cross of suffering in whatever form it takes.
So that, with you, we can move forward:
from worry and anxiety to trust, from darkness to light.
With you accompanying us, even what pains our heart,
even our own darkness can be made bright by the inner light of the Holy Spirit.
You stretched out your arms on the cross
and reconciled us to one another and to the Father.
You brought God and humanity together in your body.
Wrap your arms around our broken lives
and restore us to the harmony that exists in you.

Song Healer of my Soul (John Michael Talbot)

Symbol of Light and Hope
Jesus is the light of and the world. We pray that blessing will flow from this terrible wound and we trust that God will bring blessing from all the pain that has been endured by the abused children. Where sin abounded we trust that the grace of God will all the more abound. We hope that our act of repentance may open all our hearts to receiving the unconditional love of God as expressed in Jesus, His Son. We are determined that Evil will not have the last word but that out of the suffering of the many abused children will grow a new compassion that will be truly reflective of Jesus’ love and care for the young.

A light is taken from the Paschal candle to the Candle of Protection which is then blessed

Song Christ be our light (Bernadette Farrell)
Ár nAthair

Concluding Prayer The Cardinal and Archbishop lead everyone in praying:
To those who love you, Lord, and who take refuge under your wings, you promise in the Psalm: ‘They shall call upon me, and I will answer them; I will be with them in their distress.’ We pray to you: fulfil your promise. Here we are in distress; stand by our side. Come with your tender love and gentle healing to all who suffered any form of abuse when they were young. Especially comfort those who were abused by priests and religious. Shelter them, protect them, heal them and enfold them in your infinite love. To you we cry out for pardon and forgiveness. Purify your church of all scandal and corruption through the refining fire of the Holy Spirit. Save us and have mercy on us, through Jesus Christ, our redeemer and our brother.

Reflection Song: The Prayer (Sager/Foster, Testa/Renis)
I pray youll be our eyes, and watch us where we go.
And help us to be wise in times when we dont know
Let this be our prayer, when we lose our way
Lead us to the place, guide us with your grace
To a place where well be safe…

Blessing
All say: May the Lord bless us and keep us.
May the Lord make His face to shine upon us and be gracious to us.
The Lord lift the light of his countenance upon us and give us peace.

Final Song Be not Afraid (Bob Dufford)
All sing: Be not afraid, I go before you always, Come follow me and I will give you rest.

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  6. Move Forward in Faith.

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I pray for Your protection as I begin this day. You are my hiding place, and under Your wings I can always find refuge. Protect me from trouble wherever I go, and keep evil far from me. No matter where I am, I will look to You as my Protector, the one who fights for me every day.

How do you pray for social injustice? ›

We pray Lord that You will right all the wrongs that are taking place in our world and vindicate those that are being treated unjustly.

How do you pray in times of difficulties? ›

I need to know that you care, that you love me, be my refuge from pain, replacing my distress with peace, and be my strength when I feel weak and find it hard to carry on. Help me not to fear the future but to boldly trust that you are in control when my emotions plunge me down, and when I am in despair.

How God answers our prayers in 3 ways? ›

I've heard it said that God answers prayers in one of three ways. God says “Yes,” and you receive what you ask for. God says “No,” and you have to accept it and move on. Or God says “Not Yet,” and you learn to be patient and wait.

What are the three powerful prayers? ›

The prayer of protection. The prayer of transformation. The prayer of restoration. These prayers will help you discover a way of life empowered with the presence of God.

What are the 7 most powerful prayers? ›

The 15 Most Powerful Prayers
  • The Lord's Prayer. Our Father who art in heaven, ...
  • Breathe in me, O Holy Spirit, that my thoughts may all be holy. ...
  • The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. ...
  • O gracious and holy Father, ...
  • Morning Prayer. ...
  • Christ with me, Christ before me, ...
  • The Serenity Prayer. ...
  • Bless all who worship thee,
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How do you pray for someone who is not saved? ›

Give Them Grace Prayer

Mighty God, I intercede in prayer on behalf of my loved ones who are not yet saved. Save them from their sinful lives. Deliver them from the devil's bondage. I ask that they may receive Jesus Christ as their savior and experience the life-changing intimacy with you.

How do you pray for someone who mistreats you? ›

Prayer for Faith to Trust God's Loving Purpose

I know I can find the strength to heal if I can first find the faith to trust You. I need faith in Your loving purpose for allowing this hurtful person to inflict damage in my life. May Your will be done in me, and in the life of the person who hurt me. Amen.

Who is the saint for justice? ›

Saint Michael Who Is Like God: Patron Saint of Justice.

How do you start a prayer? ›

We open the prayer by addressing God because he is the one we are praying to. Start by saying "Father in Heaven" or "Heavenly Father." We address Him as our Heavenly Father, because He is the father of our spirits. He is our creator and the one to whom we owe everything we have, including our lives.

How do you keep faith in God in hard times? ›

How To Keep Your Faith Up—Even When Life Is Difficult
  1. Pray. Ask God, the universe, or whatever higher force you believe in for the strength to love to your full potential. ...
  2. Be generous to others. ...
  3. Get inspired. ...
  4. Surround yourself with people you admire. ...
  5. Get the ball rolling first thing in the morning.
Apr 27, 2020

How do we trust God in difficult times? ›

The Best Way. The best way to learn about trusting the Lord in difficult times is to go to the promises of God. God's Word is loaded with promises that teach us about having faith in God during hard times. He tells us to not worry, to pray, and He will give us peace like you can't imagine.

How do I ask God for peace of mind? ›

A Prayer to Heal Stress

Loving God, please grant me peace of mind and calm my troubled heart. My soul is like a turbulent sea. I can't seem to find my balance so I stumble and worry constantly. Give me the strength and clarity of mind to find my purpose and walk the path you've laid out for me.

What is the most powerful prayer for help? ›

Loving God, I pray that you will comfort me in my suffering, lend skill to the hands of my healers, and bless the means used for my cure. Give me such confidence in the power of your grace, that even when I am afraid, I may put my whole trust in you; through our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

What is Psalm 109 used for? ›

The New Oxford Annotated Bible titles this psalm "Prayer for deliverance from enemies", as one of the Imprecatory Psalms against deceitful foes. It starts with the psalmist's plea in verses 1–5, followed by an extensive imprecation (verses 6–19, concluded or summed up in verse 20).

What are the 5 basic prayer? ›

The basic forms of prayer are adoration, contrition, thanksgiving, and supplication, abbreviated as A.C.T.S. The Liturgy of the Hours, the seven canonical hours of the Catholic Church prayed at fixed prayer times, is recited daily by clergy, religious, and devout believers.

How do you make your prayers come true? ›

I hope they will encourage you to make 2022 a year of prayer.
  1. Know to whom you are speaking. ...
  2. Thank him. ...
  3. Ask for God's will. ...
  4. Say what you need. ...
  5. Ask for forgiveness. ...
  6. Pray with a friend. ...
  7. Pray the Word. ...
  8. Memorize Scripture.
Dec 27, 2021

How do I know God hears my prayers? ›

“How can I know God is listening to my prayers?”
  • Listen to the Spirit. Try to listen to the Holy Ghost. ...
  • Answers in Church. Once I had a huge doubt about whether to go on a date with a nonmember. ...
  • Remember Who You Are. ...
  • A Child's Prayer. ...
  • Trust in Him. ...
  • Ask and Ye Shall Receive. ...
  • Search It Out. ...
  • Pray Sincerely.

Does God answer prayers immediately? ›

My immediate response was, “Yes, God answers every single one of your prayers!” It's just that His answer is one of three: yes, no, or wait. When the answer is “yes,” God answers our prayers and His response matches with what we asked for. We truly enjoy this response.

How do I get Allah answers? ›

THE KEY TO GET ANY DUA ANSWERED - YouTube

Do you pray to Jesus or God? ›

Do we pray to the Father, the Son, or the Holy Spirit? (Ask Dr. Stanley)

How can I hear God's voice? ›

How to practice listening prayer
  1. Come to God with your request for guidance. ...
  2. Wait in silence for God to speak for 10-12 minutes. ...
  3. Jot down any Scripture, songs, impressions, or pictures God gives you. ...
  4. Share how God spoke to you with your prayer partners and follow God's will.
Jun 4, 2019

Does God listen to all prayers? ›

Faith in seeking brings knowledge, wisdom, and light. I affirm that God does hear all our prayers; he loves us and seeks to communicate. We need to learn to ask the right questions and, in the things of God especially, seek to understand not to judge.

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