On 13 May 1992, a number of years following an assassinationattempt on his life that led to a time of suffering and theexperience of being seriously ill in hospital, Blessed John Paul IIlaunched a World Day of the Sick, which coincides each year inthe Church across the world with the Feast Day of Our Lady ofLourdes on 11 February. Pope Benedict XVI has continued thisspecial World Day – an occasion during which the whole Churchbears witness with special concern to the tender mercy and loveof God towards all who suffer.
It is a time to pause and be prayerfully in solidarity with thesick and with all who care for the sick.
The themes of the letters for the World Day of the Sick from theHoly Fathers are included as these pages follow the twenty-oneyears of this celebration.
On the occasion of the Archdiocese of Dublin celebrating the21st Anniversary of World Day of the Sick, this Prayer Book, inthe spirit of the words of Psalm 90, ‘I am with you’, offers prayersand refl ections which are person-centred for those giving andreceiving care – praying as we experience illness and as we carefor the sick and suffering.
Our Lady of LourdesPray for us.
Archdiocese of Dublin