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Thou to Whom the Sick and Dying   1 comment

Above:  A Hospital

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Hymn Source = Lutheran Common Service Book (1917)

Words (1870) by Godfrey Thring, a priest of The Church of England


1.  Thou to Whom the sick and dying

Ever came, nor came in vain,

Still with healing words replying

To the wearied cry of pain,

Hear us, Jesus, as we meet,

Suppliants at Thy mercy seat.

2.  Still the weary, sic, and dying

Need a brother’s, sister’s care,

On Thy higher help relying,

May we now their burdens share,

Bringing all our offerings meet,

Suppliants at Thy mercy seat.

3.  May each child of Thine be willing,

Willing both in hand and heart,

All the law of love fulfilling,

Ever comfort to impart,

Ever bringing offerings meet,

Suppliant to Thy mercy seat.

4.  So may sickness, sin, and sadness

To Thy healing power yield,

Till the sick and sad, in gladness

Rescued, ransomed, cleansed, healed,

One in Thee together meet,

Pardoned, at Thy judgment-seat.

Prayer for the Sick   3 comments


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A prayer from the Orthodox liturgy, quoted in In Spirit and In Truth:  A Worship Book, published in 1991 for the Seventh Assembly of the World Council of Churches


O Lord Almighty,

the healer of our souls and bodies,

you put down and raise up,

you chastise and heal also;

now, in your great mercy

visit our brothers and sisters, who are sick.

Stretch forth your hand

that is full of healing and health,

and raise them up,

and cure them of their illness.

Put away from them

the spirit of disease

and of every malady, pain and fever

to which they are bound;

and if they have sins and transgressions,

grant to them remission and forgiveness, in that you love humankind;

yea, Lord my God,

pity your creation, through the compassion of your only-begotten Son,

together with your all-holy, good, and life-creating Spirit,

with whom you are blessed,

both now and for ever, and to ages of ages.


A Prayer for the Healing of Minds   7 comments

Mental Disorders

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From Chalice Worship (1997), of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ):

O Lord, you know our deepest thoughts, our human griefs and anxieties.  We bring you to those whose minds are troubled, whose bodies are in pain, and who are disappointed in spirit.

We pray for little children whose minds and emotions have been molested and tormented by the undiscipline of adults: give them confidence to share their problems and to recover hope and strength.

We pray for those overwhelmed and consumed by habits they are powerless to break: break them to admit their weakness, and to seek counselors who have sympathy and understanding and can give them help.

We pray for the callous and careless in the world who cause pain to others and create within their own lives a bitter spirit and an unpleasant atmosphere: reveal to them the tender love of our Savior, and when we are the victims of unhelpful comment and unjust criticism, keep us from all resentment and all bitterness.

Channel our energies into your service, secure us by your almighty strength, and help us to find our healing in you, for Jesus’ sake.  Amen.