Prayers for the Sick

Serious Illness

Lord Jesus Christ, You chose to share our human nature, to redeem all people, and to heal the sick. With this in mind I beg You to look with compassion on Your humble servant N., support them with Your power, comfort them with Your protection, and give them the strength needed to fight against evil. Since You have given N., a share in Your own passion, help them to find hope in suffering for You, Jesus.

Terminal Illness

Most Merciful Jesus, lover of souls, I pray Thee, by the agony of Thy Most Sacred Heart and by the sorrows of Thine Immaculate Mother, to wash in Thy Most Precious Blood the sinners of the world who are now in their agony, and who will die today. Heart of Jesus, once in agony, have mercy on the dying. Amen.

Prayer for Healing

Lord, You invite all who are burdened to come to You. Allow Your healing hand to heal me. Touch my soul with Your compassion for others. Touch my heart with Your courage and infinite love for all. Touch my mind with Your wisdom, that my mouth may always proclaim Your praise. Teach me to reach out to You in my need, and help me to lead others to You by my example. Most loving Heart of Jesus, bring me health in body and spirit that I may serve You with all my strength. Touch gently this life which You have created, now and forever. Amen.

Prayer for Healing

Lord Jesus, You know how I feel today, my secret fears and pains. I pray for healing in whatever way You know will help me. I trust in Your power. You proclaimed God's reign by curing the sick, comforting and strengthening those who were sad, and giving new freedom to all who accepted You. Guide also, those who help in Your healing work: doctors, nurses, chaplains, and all who extend Your care. Together we do the work of Your Father. We pray in Your Spirit, Lord Jesus. Amen.

Thanksgiving after Affliction

Praised be God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all consolation! He comforts us in our afflictions and thus enables us to comfort those who are in trouble, with the same consolation we have received from Him.

2 Corinthians 1: 3-4

Father, Your Son accepted our sufferings to teach us the virtue of patience in human illness. Hear the prayers we offer for our sick brothers and sisters. May all who suffer pain, illness or disease, realize that they are chosen to be saints, and know that they are joined to Christ in His suffering for the salvation of the world, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer for Health, Wisdom, and a Sense of Humor

O Lord, give me a good digestion as well as something to digest. Give me health of body as well as the sense to keep it healthy. Give me a holy soul, O Lord, which keeps its eyes on beauty and purity, so that it will not be afraid on seeing sin. Give me a soul that knows nothing of boredom, groans, and sighs. Never let me be overly concerned for this inconstant thing that I call me. Lord, give me a sense of humor, so that I may take some happiness from this life, and share it with others. Amen.

In Time of Sickness

O Jesus, You suffered and died for us; You understand suffering; Teach me to understand my suffering as You do; to bear it in union with You, to offer it with You to atone for my sins, and to bring Your grace to souls in need. Calm my fears; increase my trust. May I gladly accept Your holy will and become more like You in trial. If it be Your will, restore me to health so that I may work for Your honor and glory and the salvation of all. Amen.

For One Who is Sick

Lord Jesus, it is not Your will that Your people should suffer. And yet, I remember so well how You took on suffering for us all. Keep me now from losing hope as I face once again my infirmity. I feel the pain and ask of God, "Let this cup pass from me."

As I kneel with You in the garden, may I welcome another day with a prayer that echoes yours: "Not my wil but Thine be done." Let me never forget how to laugh, for laughter is Your gift to me to undo depression and heal the hurt of a sickness I cannot control. Then I will gladly walk Your way, to join in Your sacrifice of love, and I will not dwell upon the pain that leads my thoughts away from You.

Take me into Your gentle embrace, for I know that whatever this day brings, You have paved my way with Your tears and redeemed me with Your victory. Amen.

Prayer for the Sick

Dear Jesus, Divine Physician and Healer of the Sick, we turn to You in this time of illness. O dearest Comforter of the troubled, alleviate our worry and sorrow with Your gentle love, and grant us the grace and strength to accept this burden. Dear God, we place our sick under Your care and humbly ask that You restore Your servant (N.) to health again. Above all, grant us the grace to acknowledge Your holy will and know that whatsoever You do, You do for the love of us. Amen.

Prayer to St. Anthony Mary Claret
Helper of those suffering from cancer, heart trouble, and other serious ailments of soul and body.

St. Anthony Mary Claret, during your life on earth you often comforted the afflicted and showed such tender love and compassion for the sick and sinful. Intercede for me now that you rejoice in the reward of your virtues in heavenly glory. Look with pity on me (or on the person afflicted with illness or whose conversion is desired) and grant my prayer, if such be the will of God. Make my troubles your own. Speak a word for me to the Immaculate Heart of Mary to obtain by her powerful intercession the grace I yearn for so ardently, and a blessing to strengthen me during life, assist me at the hour of death, and lead me to a happy eternity. Amen.

See also prayers to St. Peregrine, patron of cancer patients.

A Litany for Healing

Lord, have mercy..........Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy..........Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy..........Lord, have mercy

Protect all children, Lord..........With your enduring love
Grant us the grace, Lord..........To protect and nourish the innocent
Preserve our nation, Lord..........To be chaste and pure in love

For children wounded and tearful..........Save, heal and protect them, O Lord!
For children confused or alone..........Save, heal and protect them, O Lord!
For children afraid or abandoned..........Save, heal and protect them, O Lord!
For children beaten..........Save, heal and protect them, O Lord!
For children who sleep in fear..........Save, heal and protect them, O Lord!
For children afraid to go home..........Save, heal and protect them, O Lord!
For children afraid of their abusers..........Save, heal and protect them, O Lord!
For children assaulted..........Save, heal and protect them, O Lord!
For children whose innocence has been stolen..........Save, heal and protect them, O Lord!

For those who cannot trust..........Save, heal and protect them, O Lord!
For those who cannot love..........Save, heal and protect them, O Lord!
For those whose hearts are filled with fear..........Save, heal and protect them, O Lord!

Pray the Way of the Cross!

You may wish to also read prayers to St. Jude, St. Roch, St. Raphael the Archangel, St. Rita, St. Peregrine, and other prayers for the dying.

Read about the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.

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Join a Catholics with Chronic Illnesses Support Group for Catholics who have chronic illness. Share with others your experiences, talk about the frustrations you are feeling, chat about some treatments you have tried that worked/didn't work, and add your own prayer requests. Discuss how your faith sustains you in your suffering.

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