Comfort of the sad

A prayer requiring us to be part of the answer.

Comfort me

Almighty and everlasting God, the comfort of the sad, and strength of them that suffer; Let the prayers of Thy children who cry out of any tribulation come unto Thee, and unto every soul that is distressed grant Thou mercy, relief, and refreshment; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Gelasian Sacramentary (8th century, CE) in Albert E. Campion, Ed., Prayers For Christian Healing (New York: Morehouse-Gorham Co., 1958) p. 26 [Out of print]

As we continue to grieve and suffer with those who hurt or harmed by violence in so many parts of the world: let us turn to God who is “comfort of the sad, and strength of them that suffer.” Beyond prayer, let us listen for the Spirit’s guidance in order to be the “mercy, relief, and refreshment” of God in Jesus Christ. ~Fr. Dan

Be well. Do good. Pay attention. Keep learning.


Make us a refuge for the poor

Pay attention to graces received as you intercede for others.

Hungry children in Refugee Camp

Lord, make us a refuge to the poor.
Help us prepare a feast for the hungry.
Teach us to wipe away the tears of those who mourn,
even as you shelter us, feed us, and wipe away our tears. Amen.

Shane Claiborne, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, Enuma Okoro, Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals (p. 84). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

From the Book of Genesis through Revelation, the final book of the Bible, God makes the point about sheltering, feeding, and comforting those whom the world considers “poor.” Today, as we make our intercession, let us recognize the poverty in which we approach and are sheltered, fed, and comforted by God. ~Fr Dan

Be well. Do good. Pay attention. Keep learning

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Fast from … Feast on Litany by William Arthur Ward