Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Sexual Abuse

Annual Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Sexual Abuse

Friday 15th February 2019

The annual Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Sexual Abuse is taking place today in dioceses throughout Ireland.  This comes a week before Pope Francis’ gathering in Rome with senior bishops and major religious superiors, at which Archbishop Eamon Martin will attend, to discuss child safeguarding in the Church.

During their retreat last week in Knock, the bishops of Ireland blessed and dedicated candles of atonement for use at Masses in their Cathedrals and parishes this weekend, and in anticipation of the meeting of bishops in Rome on the weekend of 23-24 February.  Prayers for Survivors and Victims of Sexual Abuse took place this morning in Newry Cathedral, led by Bishop Boyce, Apostolic Administrator, and in other parishes today and over the coming days.

The text of the prayer of Dedication of the ‘Candle of Atonement’ is given before and members of the diocese are invited to recite it at the Candle of Atonement or in their own personal prayers.

Candle of Atonement Prayer

Lord, forgive us our many sins.

We grieve and repent with all our hearts for having offended you, for our great failings and neglect of the young and vulnerable.

We place all of those who have been hurt by the Church in any way into your loving hands and under the protection of Our Blessed Mother.

Lord, bring peace to their broken lives and show us all the way out of darkness and into the light of your Word.

May we as the people of God be more fully human, more fully Christ-like and more fully your people, that we may see the errors of the past and go forward with renewed hope and faith in Christ and in our Church.