NOVENA PRAYER FOR HEALING

Lourdes France, Dec. 2011

Today is the first day of February, the month healing since Feb. 11 is the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes, who is patron of the Sick.  In 1992, Pope John Paul II, a Marian devotee instituted the World Day of the Sick, to be observed every year on Feb. 11, on her feast day.  Below is a powerful prayer for those who need healing.

NOVENA PRAYER FOR HEALING

(pray for 9 consecutive days; different intention every day)

Prayer for Healing:
God, like a watchful Shepherd, You care for us. You make the earth yield healing herbs and medicines and give us the knowledge to learn their power. Your creative love continues through the healing hands of doctors, pharmacists, and nurses, and the healing counsel of priests, ministers, and friends.

Bless me, and all who suffer. Our afflictions become a cross that burdens us with fear and uncertainty. Cast out our fear and revive our faith. Give us strength that we may be filled with hope. Let the Holy Spirit come to our aid that we might live each day in the joy for which You fashioned us.
I pray for healing in body, soul, and spirit that I may be Your servant in this world and enjoy the fullness of Your Presence in the life to come. I make this prayer humbly, knowing I cannot restrict or direct Your saving grace. I give joyful thanks for Your compassion wherever I may find it.
I ask all this in the Name of the Lord Jesus Who intercedes before You on my behalf. Amen.

Novena Intentions:
Day 1 : That all who are sick may experience the healing touch of the Lord Jesus.

Day 2 : That all who are ill among my family and friends may be restored to health in mind, body, and spirit.

Day 3 : That all who suffer from mental disease may receive compassionate treatment.

Day 4 : That all the homebound and bedridden may have Christ as their consolation.

Day 5 : That all who suffer from diseases that devastate the body may be granted strength and hope.

Day 6 : That all with disabling handicaps may be blessed with forbearance.

Day 7 : That all doctors, nurses, and other caregivers may be well in body and spirit.

Day 8 : That our lawmakers will pass laws to ensure that proper, dignified medical care is available for all who are in need, especially the poor and the elderly.

Day 9 : That God might look with favor on my special intentions.

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