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Friday, 03 February 2017 20:05

Praying for victims and survivors of sexual abuse

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candles150Let us pray for all victims, survivors and all those affected by sexual abuse with these prayers from the Vatican Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors composed by the Working Group on Theology and Spirituality.

Prayer 1

Father
Since your mercy has been revealed
In the tenderness of your Son Jesus Christ,
who said to his disciples:
"Suffer the little children to come unto me”,
we pray that your Church may be a secure home
where all children and vulnerable adults are brought closer to your Beloved Son.

May all those who have been abused
physically, emotionally and sexually by your ministers,
be respected and accompanied by
tangible gestures of justice and reparation so that
they may feel healed with the balm of your compassion.

We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord

Amen

 

Prayer 2

Heavenly Father,

who loves and cares for all of your children, especially the smallest and most vulnerable, we entrust to you the lives of the many children and vulnerable adults, who have been sexually abused, and whose trust and innocence have been destroyed. Help us to hear their cries of pain and to take responsibility for so many broken lives.

We pray that within their communities and families they may find understanding and support so that with the help of your grace their wounds may be healed, and they may again know peace.

Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who shared our weakness in all things but sin, and lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit forever and ever.

Amen.

These prayers were first published in www.protectionofminors.va.