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Prayers

Many people do find some comfort and solace in prayers and for those who do, we offer these prayers.
 
We believe there is power in prayer and that all sincere prayer is good and beneficial.  Please pray as you feel fit.  We recognized the right to Freedom of religion. however, we will not post anything which advocates marriage to children or family members and we will not post anything which advocates hitting children as proper discipline.
 
If there is a prayer you would like posted here  please email defendchildren@yahoo.com and let us know.  we will read and post those we feel are beneficial for children.  Thank you

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From the Bible
 
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven. A time to be born, and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to break down and a time to build up, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to cast away stones and a time to gather, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to get and a time to lose, a time to keep and a time to cast away, a time to rend and a time to sew, a time to keep silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time of war and a time of peace." Ecclesiastes 3:1-

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Give Ear, O Lord, to My Prayer
 

Incline your ear, O Lord, and answer me, for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am devoted to you; save your servant who trusts in you. You are my God; be gracious to me, O Lord, for to you do I cry all day long. Gladden the soul of your servant, for to you, O Lord, I lift up my soul. For you, O Lord, are good and forgiving, abounding in steadfast love to all who call on you. Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer; listen to my cry of supplication. In the day of my trouble I call on you, for you will answer me.

Psalms 86: 1-7  |  Source: The Bible (New Revised Standard Version); read a Jewish translation
Save the Afflicted
 

We beseech thee, Master, to be our helper and protector.
Save the afflicted among us; have mercy on the lowly;
raise up the fallen; appear to the needy; heal the ungodly;
restore the wanderers of thy people;
feed the hungry; ransom our prisoners;
raise up the sick; comfort the faint-hearted.

Prayer for All Who Are Abused
 

You chose, O loving God,
to enter this world
quietly, humbly, and as an outcast.
Hear our prayers
on behalf of all who are abused:

For children,
who suffer at the hands
of parents whom they trust and love;
for spouses,
beaten and destroyed
by the very one
who promised to love
and to cherish them forever;
for all people
ignored, hated and cheated.
by the very neighbor
who could be the closest one
to offer your love.

Hear the cry of the oppressed.
Let the fire of your Spirit fill their hearts
with the power of vision, and hope.
Grant to them empowerment to act,
that they may not be passive victims
of violence and hatred.
Fulfill for them the promises you have made,
that their lives may be transformed
and their oppression ended.

Turn the hearts of the oppressor unto you
that their living may be changed
by your forgiving love;
and their abusive actions
and oppressive ways brought to an end.

Amen.

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Catholic PRAYER Service

Child Abuse Prevention Month - April 2007

ORDER OF SERVICE

GREETING

Presider: In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

My brothers and sisters,

When he came into the world, our Lord, the Son of God, became a child and grew in wisdom, age and grace in the eyes of God and of all who knew him. Jesus welcomed children, believed in their dignity and held them up as a model for all who are seeking the kingdom of God.

But children need the help of grown-ups if they are to develop their individual gifts, and their moral, mental and physical powers, and to reach human and Christian maturity.

Let us therefore ask for God’s blessing, so that we will devote ourselves to the Christian upbringing of our children.

The presider then prays:

Let us pray:

Lord Jesus Christ,

You loved children so much that you said:

"Whoever welcomes a child welcomes me."

Hear our prayers this day for the children entrusted to our care.

Help us that we may guide them to maturity, teach them to be fervent in charity, and point them to the hope of reaching your kingdom,

Where you live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

INTRODUCTION TO THE READING OF THE WORD

Presider: Brothers and sisters,

Let us be attentive to the Word of God.

All Sit

Lector: From the Gospel according to St. Matthew:

At that time the disciples approached Jesus and said, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" He called a child over, placed it in their midst, and said, "Amen, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoever receives one child such as this in my name receives me. But, it would be better for anyone who leads astray one of these little who believe in me, to be drowned by a millstone around

his neck in the depths of the sea."

"See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father."

Silence for Reflection

LITANY (Stand)

Presider: Let us pray for all children, for the world in which we

live, and for the Church who is called to uphold the sanctity of all life.

Response: Lord have Mercy

Lector: Protect all children with your enduring love.

Keep them safe and make them a blessing to all:

Give them strength to hold their faith in you:

Keep their joy and trust alive:

Grant us the grace to protect and nourish the innocent:

Preserve our nation to be chaste and pure in love:

Enable us to life in harmony with one another according to the spirit of Christ:

LORD’S PRAYER

Presider: Lord, our God,

Out of the speech of little children you have fashioned a hymn of praise.

Look with favor on our children whom the faith of the Church commends to your tender care.

Your Son, born of the Virgin Mary, gladly welcomes little children.

He took them in his arms, blessed them,

And held them up as an example for all.

We pray that you, Father,

Will also send your blessing upon us this day,

So that we may help them grow in Christian maturity

and, by the power of the Holy Spirit, lead them to

become Christ’s witnesses in the world, spreading the faith you have given your Church.

BLESSING

Presider: The Lord be with you.

May the Lord Jesus, who loved children,

Bless and keep you in his love,

In the name of the Father, and of the Son,

+ and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

A lay minister says the following prayer, making the sign of the cross:

May the Lord Jesus, who loved children, bless us and keep us in his love, now and forever. Amen.

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Jewish Prayer
 

A JEWISH PRAYER FOR PEACE

Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,

That we may walk the paths of the Most High . . .

And we shall beat our swords into ploughshares,

And our spears into pruning hooks.

Nation shall not lift up sword against nation,

Neither shall they learn war any more.

And none shall be afraid,

For the mouth of the Lord of Hosts has spoken

Incline Thine Ear, O HaShem

A Prayer of David. Incline Thine ear, O HaShem, and answer me; for I am poor and needy. Keep my soul, for I am godly; O Thou my God, save Thy servant that trusteth in Thee. Be gracious unto me, O Lord; for unto Thee do I cry all the day. Rejoice the soul of Thy servant; for unto Thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For Thou, L-rd, art good, and ready to pardon, and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon Thee. Give ear, O HaShem, unto my prayer; and attend unto the voice of my supplications. In the day of my trouble I call upon Thee; for Thou wilt answer me.

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Prayer for a Child Who Has Been Molested
 

Most loving God,
she has been severely wounded,
hurt beyond words
with the betrayal of trust,
physical violence and abuse,
and the absence of love.
Bless her
with the abundance of your love
and with the support of your loving people
who will help heal the wounds,
restore confidence and trust,
and teach her
to love again;
in the name of Jesus Christ
we pray. Amen

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