we bring you
the troubles and perils
of peoples and nations,
the sighing of prisoners and captives,
the sorrows of the bereaved,
the needs of strangers,
the helplessness of the weak,
the tiredness of the weary,
the failing powers of the aged.
O Lord, draw near to each;
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Source: Anselm of Canterbury, d. 1109
Source of this version: Freely modified from Book of Prayers for Church and Home, ed. Paine and Thompson.
Another version of this same prayer appears here.