Adventus

"The central doctrine of Christianity, then, is not that God is a bastard. It is, in the words of the late Dominican theologian Herbert McCabe, that if you don’t love you’re dead, and if you do, they’ll kill you."--Terry Eagleton

"It is impossible for me to say in my book one word about all that music has meant in my life. How then can I hope to be understood?--Ludwig Wittgenstein

“The opposite of poverty is not wealth; the opposite of poverty is justice."--Bryan Stevenson

Sunday, July 23, 2006

COMPASSION

Almighty Father, who in the afflictions of thy people art thyself afflicted, and art full of compassion and tender mercy, hear us as we pray for those who suffer, for those who bear the pains of childbirth or sickness, for the aged and the dying.
WE BESEECH THEE TO HEAR US, GOOD LORD.

For all who are hindered in the race of life through no fault of their own; for the defective and the delicate; and for those who have been maimed and disabled,
HEAR OUR PRAYER, GOOD LORD.

For those whose livelihood is insecure; for the hungry, the homeless, and the destitute; for those who are downtrodden and in despair,
HEAR OUR PRAYER, GOOD LORD.

For thy little children, whose surroundings hide from them thy love and thy beauty; for all the fatherless and motherless; and for the unwanted,
HEAR OUR PRAYER, GOOD LORD.

For those who have to bear their burdens alone; for those who are in doubt and anguish of soul; for those who suffer through their own wrongdoing,
HEAR OUR PRAYER, GOOD LORD.

For all who do not pray for themselves; for all who have not the con-solation of the prayers of others; and for all whose anguish is unrelieved by the knowledge of thy love,
HEAR OUR PRAYER, GOOD LORD.

Almighty God, whose blessed Son Jesus Christ went about doing good and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people, continue, we beseech thee, this his gracious work among us, especially in the hospitals and infirmaries here and in foreign lands; cheer, heal, and sanctify the sick; grant to the physicians, surgeons, and nurses wisdom and skill, sympathy and patience; and assist with thy blessing all who are seeking to prevent suffering and to further thy purposes of love; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
AMEN

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