Our Lady of Lourdes
Prayer for the Morning
God heals all our ills:
let us give thanks and praise.
Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning,
is now, and will be for ever. Amen. Alleluia!
O Virgin Mother of our God,
While we thy matchless glories chant,
Do thou in answer to our praise
To us abundant graces grant.
We Adam’s guilty children are,
A sin-infected progeny;
Thou art, O Virgin, we believe,
Alone from primal blemish free.
From ancient serpent’s wiles and force
Thy clients mightily defend,
That through thy mercy we may win
Those heavenly joys which never end.
O dawn that doth precede the Sun,
Of our Salvation herald bright:
Thine aid, O Virgin, we invoke,
Who live in shades of earthly night.
He received them and spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and he healed those who needed to be cured. (Lk 9:11)
Mary, health of the sick, mirrors her Son’s healing compassion for all those who suffer illness. In the Gospels, he cured all who approached him as a sign of the reign of God, in which there will be no sickness, sin, or suffering.
Praise the Lord for he is good;
sing to our God for he is loving:
to him our praise is due.
The Lord builds up Jerusalem
and brings back Israel’s exiles,
he heals the broken-hearted,
he binds up all their wounds.
He fixes the number of the stars;
he calls each one by its name.
Our Lord is great and almighty;
his wisdom can never be measured.
The Lord raises the lowly;
he humbles the wicked to the dust.
O sing to the Lord, giving thanks;
sing psalms to our God with the harp.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (Isaiah 61:1-2a)
The spirit of the Lord God is upon me,/ because the Lord has anointed me;/ He has sent me to bring glad tidings to the lowly,/ to heal the brokenhearted,/ To proclaim liberty to the captives/ and release to the prisoners,/ To announce a year of favor from the Lord.
Mary, health of the sick, pray for us!
CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH
Do not be afraid: you are worth more than many sparrows. (Mt 10:31)
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet
of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory to the Father…
Through the intercession of Mary, health of the sick and comforter of the afflicted, we pray:
R/Bind up all wounds, O Lord.
For those who suffer chronic illness:
– be their constant peace. R/
For those who suffer mental illness:
– be their light and calm. R/
For those who suffer terminal illness:
– be their hope of heaven. R/
For all who love and care for the sick:
– be their comfort and strength. R/
Lord, you care for all the earth. Yet your care for us, whom you have made in your image, is greater far than your care for land or sea, beast or bird. If it be your will, heal our ills of body, mind, and spirit, so that with the Blessed Virgin Mary and all the saints, we may sing your praise for ever, through Christ our Lord. Amen.