On 13 May 1992, a number of years following an assassination attempt on his life that led to a time of suffering and the experience of being seriously ill in hospital, Saint John Paul II launched a World Day of the Sick, which coincides each year in the Church across the world with the Feast Day of Our Lady of Lourdes on 11 February. Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis have continued this special World Day – an occasion during which the whole Church bears witness with special concern to the tender mercy and love of God towards all who suffer.
It is a time to pause and be prayerfully in solidarity with the sick and with all who care for the sick.
The themes of the letters for the World Day of the Sick from the Holy Fathers are included as these pages follow the twenty-three years of this celebration.
On the occasion of the Archdiocese of Dublin celebrating the 23rd Anniversary of World Day of the Sick, this Prayer Book, in the spirit of its title – the words of Psalm 90, ‘I am with you’ – offers prayers and reflections which are person-centred for those giving and receiving care – praying as we experience illness and as we care for the sick and suffering.