As the church marks the World Day of the Sick on February 11, the Catholic Health Association of BC encourages everyone to pray for those who suffer from illness and for their caregivers. The theme of this year’s 30th World Day of the Sick, “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (Lk 6:36), makes us first turn our gaze towards God, who is “rich in mercy” (Eph 2:4). Archbishop Miller will celebrate a live streamed Mass for World Day of the Sick on Friday, February 11 at noon. Pray with us on this day. For the live stream link or to learn more about this day, visit www.chabc.bc.ca/world-day-of-the-sick
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The theme of this year’s 30th World Day of the Sick, “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (Lk 6:36) encourages us to stand "beside those who suffer on a path of charity."
Below is a list of resources to assist you in your preparation for the World Day of the Sick:
A summary of Pope Francis’ message (Provided by Vatican News)
2022 World Day of the Sick Prayer Service (by Catholic Health Association of the US)
2022 World Day of the Prayer Card (by Catholic Health Association of the US)
The Catholic Health Association of BC hopes that these prayers and resources for World Day of the Sick will help healthcare workers, pastoral workers, the sick, all the faithful and all people of good will to deepen and enrich their service to the sick and their lives.
Prayers for World Day of the Sick
Prayers of the Faithful Response: Lord, come and heal us. Bless all the sick and fill them with new hope and strength. Response Relieve their pain. Response Free them from sin and do not let them give way to temptation. Response Sustain all the sick with your power. Response Assist all who care for the sick. Response Give life and health to our brothers and sisters who are ill. Response Special Blessing for the Sick Father in heaven, grant our brothers and sisters comfort in their suffering. When they are afraid, give them courage, when afflicted, give them patience, when dejected, afford them hope, and when alone, assure them of the support of your holy people. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. Special Blessing for Caregivers Lord Jesus, our Brother, you showed your love for the sick by your concern for them. Help us to see you and serve you in the sick. Bless these men and women who are dedicated to helping and healing the sick. Guide them in their labours and give them a greater share of your love. Reward their service by the peace and joy of your Holy Spirit and by the everlasting happiness of heaven.
Lord Jesus, we praise you, for you are our Lord forever and ever. Amen.
Prayers adapted from World Day of the Sick Mass 2020