A Prayer Vigil

We don't know where to begin. So first we pray.

On Monday, August 20, 2018, more than 100 young adults gathered at the Cathedral of St. Paul to pray for the survivors of clerical abuse and healing in the Church. It was a simple evening on the steps of the Cathedral to pray for the Lord’s healing, mercy, justice to be made present in these dark times. It was also an opportunity for us, as Young Adults, to band together and not be swayed by the evil that is so clearly present. 


We've made the texts from that vigil available, in case you would like to use them for your own evening prayer for healing.

Prayers for the Prayer Vigil

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Evening Prayer for the

Survivors of Clerical Abuse

And The Healing of the Church

 

 

Cathedral of St. Paul
August 20, 2018

 

 

Opening Prayer

 

Leader: + O God, come to our assistance +
Assembly: Lord, make haste to help us.

Leader: Lighten our darkness, O Lord

Assembly: And protect us from the dangers and perils of this night.

 

Leader: *Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit

Assembly: As it was in the beginning is now, and will be forever. Amen. Alleluia.

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Psalm 136   

 

Leader: Give thanks to the Lord, for his great love is without end.
 

Right: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his love is forever.

Give thanks to the God of gods, for his love is forever.

Give thanks to the Lord of lords, for his love is forever.


Left: He alone works wonders, for his love is forever.

In his wisdom he made the heavens, for his love is forever.

He set the Earth upon the waters, for his love is forever.

Right: He created the great lights, for his love is forever.

The sun, to rule over the day, for his love is forever.

The moon and stars to rule over the night, for his love is forever.

 

Left: *Glory to the Father and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,

  

Right: as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.
 

All: Give thanks to the Lord, for his great love is without end.

Psalm Prayer

 

O God, our everlasting peace, our stronghold, and our shield: enlighten our minds that we may know your Truth and act in love. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Antiphon II

 

Leader: Great and wonderful are your works, Lord God Almighty.
 

Right: He struck down the first-born of Egypt, for his love is forever.

He led Israel out from their midst, for his love is forever.

With a strong hand and an outstretched arm, for his love is forever.


Left: He divided the Red Sea in two, for his love is forever.

He led Israel out through the sea, for his love is forever.

He overthrew Pharaoh and his army, for his love is forever.

 

Right: He led his people through the wilderness, for his love is forever.

He struck down great kings, for his love is forever.

Sihon, king of the Amorites, for his love is forever.

And Og, the king of Bashan, for his love is forever.

 

Left: He gave their land to his people, for his love is forever.

A heritage for Israel his servant, for his love is forever.

 

Right: He remembered us in our affliction, for his love is forever.

He rescued us from our enemies, for his love is forever.

He gives food to all creatures that live, for his love is forever.

Give thanks to the God of Heaven, for his love is forever.

 

Left: *Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit
 

Right: as it was in the beginning is now, and will be forever. Amen.

 

All: Great and wonderful are your works, Lord God Almighty.

Psalm Prayer

Remember us, O Lord, in our affliction. Lead your people through the wilderness of confusion and out of the sea of sadness for your love is forever. We ask this through Christ, our Lord.

 

First Reading / Ephesians 1: 3-10

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. He destined us in love to be his sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us. For he has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

 

Second Reading / James 3: 17-18

But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, without uncertainty or insincerity. And the harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.

 

Responsory

Leader: Just is the Lord, in justice He delights.

Assembly: Just is the Lord, in justice He delights.

Leader: He looks with favor on the upright;

Assembly: Just is the Lord, in justice He delights.

Leader: *Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit.

Assembly: Just is the Lord, in justice He delights.

 

Magnificat / Luke 1: 46-55

All recite: +My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord+

And my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for He has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown might with His arm, He has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.


*Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit*, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

 

Intercessions
 

Let us pray to Christ, the Son of God, to protect and defend the survivors of abuse and save His Holy Church from harm and evil. We pray to you, Lord:

– Lord, save your people and heal your Church.

 

Abuse, neglect, and deceit have deeply wounded your Church. We pray for the continued strength and perseverance of the survivors of clerical abuse. May your Holy Spirit open our ears and hearts to their stories. We pray to you, Lord:

- Lord, save your people and heal your Church.

 

We pray for the souls of the victims of clerical abuse who have died by suicide and for the spirits of their families that have been shattered. And for those survivors who are feeling again the pain of their past, we pray to you, Lord:
- Lord, save your people and heal your Church.

 

Cleanse our Church, Lord, like once you cleansed the temple. Scatter the proud in their conceit, cast the mighty from their thrones, and lift up the lowly. For this we pray to you, Lord:

– Lord, save your people and heal your Church.

 

Lord, we ask for mercy for the times we saw you alone and did not welcome you, saw you naked and did not clothe you, saw you hungry and did not feed you, saw you sick and did not visit you. May we, like Peter, weep for our sins and rise to new leadership of your Church. We pray to you, Lord:

- Lord, save your people and heal your Church.

 

Through the intercession of St. Catherine of Siena, embolden our anger with righteousness. Move our prayer to action, our doubt to faith, and our despair to hope. We pray to you, Lord:

- Lord, save your people and heal your Church.

 

Through the intercession of St. Bernard on this, his feast day, we pray in thanksgiving for our Archbishop, Bernard Hebda. Give our local Church a renewed vision to put an end to deceit and abuse. We pray to you, Lord:

- Lord, save your people and heal your Church.

We pray for our priests, religious, and deacons. Console their grief and inspire their leadership. Send us more holy men and women to serve your church in honesty and sincere faith. We pray to you, Lord:

– Lord, save your people and heal your Church.

 

The intentions of those gathered will be said aloud.

 

We cling to Mary our Mother and the first believer, who witnessed the passion and death of her Son before the birth of His Church as we say:

 

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.

 

Closing Prayer

 

God of compassion, look mercifully on us, Your Church, as we seek the light of your grace in the darkness of our sin. Move us to action and take away our complacency. Bring comfort to those who mourn, justice to those who are oppressed, and strengthen the bonds that unite us. Even in our weakness, help us accomplish your purposes on earth so that every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. Amen.

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