A new collection of prayers and reflections – many from Pope Francis – released this week by the Vatican. Freely downloadable.

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from the blessing of the sick

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Lord Jesus,
who went about doing good and healing all,
we ask you to bless your friends who are sick.
Give them strength in body, courage in spirit, and patience with pain.
Let them recover their health,
so that, restored to the Christian community,
they may joyfully praise your name,
for you live and reign for ever and ever. R. Amen. 

Blessing of the sick with priest or deacon – and with or without the ‘laying on of hands’

Lord, our God,
you sent your Son into the world
to bear our infirmities
and to endure our sufferings.
For N. and N., your servants who are sick,
we ask that your blessing will give them strength
to overcome their weakness
through the power of patience and the comfort of hope and that with your aid they will soon be restored to health. 

We ask this through Christ our Lord. 

R. Amen.