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    I tend to have a lot of idiosyncracies when it comes to prayer. Everyone prays in their own way; mine is lying on my bed and talking to God. He is usually very punctual in answering my prayers and questions.

    I also feel there is also a time for more structured prayers. I enjoy stopping in at St. Paul’s church on my way to school and praying the Our Father and three Hail Marys and a Glory Be when I feel particularly happy.

    So we arrive at my question. We are asked to pray for the sick at mass and in life. If someone I knew was sick I would be very comfortable praying for him in my usual way. However, I am at a loss when it comes to praying for people who I know as little more than a name. Is there an actual prayer to be said for the sick? How do you pray for the sick?


    Well, how I’ve always understood it is as a general prayer. It’s like when someone says to pray for an end to abortion or for the safety of all travelers. You don’t know all the people travelling or all the people that are contemplating abortions and the doctors willing to provide them, but you do pray for those people. I think it’s just Christian goodwill.

    I’m sure there is an actual already-made-up prayer for the sick, but I do not know of it. If you find one, post it here or post the link. <img decoding=” title=”Smile” />


    This is a Jewish prayer for the sick. I like it.

    O God, in our hearts, we name those who are facing illness and pain. We join our prayers with the prayers of all who love them. Give them renewed comfort and courage. Strengthen in them the healing powers You have placed within us all. Guide the hands and hearts of those who are entrusted with their care. May the knowledge of Your love and ours give added hope to them and to their dear ones. May they find even greater strength because our prayers are linked with theirs.

    We praise You, O Lord, the Source of healing and health.



    I was taking a short roadtrip last week and I was reminded of this topic when I had to stop along with all the rest of traffic because there was a serious accident. I said a quick prayer for the people involved even though I did not know the person(s), but I just wanted to pray for them to God because I figured they could use it. It was the only real way I knew I could help.

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