For the Sick and Suffering

O Christ our Lord,
Physician of salvation,
grant all who are sick the aid of heavenly healing.
Look on all faithful people who are sick
and who love to call on your name,
and take their souls into your keeping,
and deliver them from all sickness and infirmity;
through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Source: Mozarabic Liturgy

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954

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Prayer for Flood Victims, August 2018

Gracious Father, you sit above the highest heavens. Wind and weather are in your hands, and you work all things for the good of those who love you. We pray for those whose homes and communities have been damaged by the storms and flooding in the past week. Keep them safe. Provide for their needs. Move others to offer help and be channels of your blessings. We pray also for our WELS Christian Aid and Relief, that it may help those who have suffered losses and give witness of our love for Christ by reaching out to the needs of our neighbors. Calm all anxious thoughts with your promise that even in losses, nothing can separate your people from your love which is ours in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Source: Paul C. Stratman, 2018

“…the storms and flooding…” may be changed for some other natural disaster.

“…in the past week…” may be changed to fit any time frame.

“…our WELS Christian Aid and Relief” may be changed if there are other denominational or community organizations involved in recovery.

Subjects for Daily Intercession

[It is suggested that these should be taken after the General Subjects for each day.]

1. Special Persons: Relations, Friends, Benefactors, Bereaved

2. Special Claims: People, Needs, Obligations, Guilds, &c.

3, All whom I shall meet (or have met) today; all who pray for me or desire my prayers.

Remember, O Lord my God all your servants [whose names you know], pour on them all the riches of your mercy and give to all what they ask for in prayer, as it is beneficial for salvation.

Remember, O Lord, all those whose names I have not recalled through my ignorance or forgetfulness, or because of many distractions, for you know the name and condition of each one. You know each one from his mother’s womb.

For you, O Lord, are the help of the helpless, the hope of the hopeless, the healer of the sick, a shelter in the tempest, a refuge from the storm.

Be their all in all, for you are conscious of each one’s request and circumstances and need. Through the grace and mercy and loving-kindness of your only Son, with whom in the unity of the Holy and life-giving Spirit you are blessed and glorified now and forever.

Source: Modified from Sursum Corda: A Handbook of Intercession and Thanksgiving arranged by W. H. Frere and A. L. Illingworth,  1894, p. 41

In Your Great Mercy Set Us Free

comeuntomeO God,
you are the author of love,
and you love pure peace and affection.
Heal the diseases of all Christians who are sick,
and in your great mercy set free
all who are terrified by fears,
afflicted by poverty,
weary with trouble,
worn down by illness,
burdened with punishment,
and all prisoners and wanderers.
Show them your compassion daily,
lift them up, correct them,
and protect them.

Source: Gallican Sacramentary, freely modified from  Ancient Collects, ed. William Bright, p. 122#1. Also in  Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.

 

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For Health and Healing

Almighty God,
you are the only source of health and healing.
In you there is calm,
and the only true peace in the universe.
Grant to each one of us your children
an awareness of your presence,
and give us perfect confidence in you.
In all pain and weariness and anxiety
teach us to yield ourselves to your never failing care,
knowing that your love and power surround us,
trusting in your wisdom and providence
to give us health and strength and peace
when your time is best;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: The Nazarene, Vols. 7-9, 1922

Original in traditional English:

For Those in Sorrow and Affliction

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O heavenly Father,
your blessed Son Jesus Christ
wept at the grave of Lazarus his friend.
Look with compassion on those
who are now in sorrow and affliction.
Comfort them, O Lord, with your gracious consolation.
Make them to know that all things
work together for good to those who love you;
and grant them always a sure trust and confidence
in your fatherly care;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Modified from The Scottish Book of Common Prayer (1912), Burial of the Dead.

“all things work together for good to those who love you” is a reference to Romans 8:28

For Those Who Suffer Injury by Accident

O God, our Father,
through your Son you reached out
to the sick and broken in body.
Mercifully reach those
who suffer injury of body
and anguish of mind
because of accident.*
By your Holy Spirit
direct them to pray to you
to heal their broken bodies,
so that they may also bring
their broken hearts
to be made whole by your grace
in Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

Source: Dr. H. D. Hoover (a minister and professor in The Susquehanna Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in the United States and later in The United Lutheran Church in America, active around 1922).

Source of this version: Freely modified from Collects and Prayers for use in Church,  United Lutheran Church in America, 1935, #245

*the word accident can be replaced with something more specific if needed: violence, terrorism, etc.