As we approach the time of Jesus’
suffering and death
we hold in our hearts
and bring to God’s heart
all who suffer in body, mind or spirit.
We pray for all who suffer today:
for victims of torture:
for those denied the basics
of human dignity:
for those who are forsaken.
for those who are betrayed
for prisoners of conscience
and for political prisoners.
we pray that you will hold all this suffering
in your heart
and that you will bring it to an end.
God who shares in human suffering,
we pray for the church,
so often implicated in acts of cruelty
so often more concerned with itself
than its victims.
And yet we give thanks
for the healing work of the church,
hospital and hospice chaplains,
all who care for suffering people
in your name,
all who bring love and hope.
In this time of pandemic,
we pray for those who are ill:
for those who have died,
for worried or bereaved families,
for exhausted healthcare workers,
for those suffering mental anguish.
As we go about our lives,
keep us from selfishness
and from unthinking behaviour:
may we live with compassion,
care and sensitivity.
Approaching our annual remembrance of your passion,
we give thanks that you share with us
all life’s joys and sorrows,
all human suffering
all letting go into God’s hands.
So let us see with your eyes
and love with your heart
wherever we travel
in the world you have made.