Litanies for HIV/AIDS

For my presentation to Diocesan Council last week, I wrote two litanies. The first is a general litany using our relationships to God to highlight our concern for ourselves and for our brothers and sisters. The second is written specifically for India. If you would like copies, feel free to email me or post a comment. Cutting and pasting may be more trouble than it is worth.

Blessings,

Dawn

Litany

O God, remember your daughters. They care for the sick until they are too sick to carry on. Then who is to take care of them? AIDS is taking our women, many against their will. They endure great burdens with no choice. And yet they are strong and unstoppable. Bless them, Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

O God, remember your sons. They too are trapped by inequality. Give them the courage to speak out against , and support them as they support their families.
Lord, have mercy.

O God, remember your little ones. As parents die from AIDS, young children are left to care for one another. Surround them with loving mother and father figures. Do not leave them alone.
Lord, have mercy.

O God, remember your sick children. Accompany those left to die alone. Comfort those whose health is declining, and family members as they keep vigil. Bring them Your love, and your healing.
Lord, have mercy.

O God, remember your healers. The many women and men who devote their lives to healing without medicine or resources that we take for granted. Provide for them, Lord.
Lord, have mercy.

O God, remember those who have authority over us. They have the power to enact change. Grant them courage to enter into uncertainty in order to save lives from HIV.
Lord, have mercy.

O God, remember your church. Stir us from complacency. Open our eyes to AIDS in our midst. Show us the way to a generation without AIDS.
Lord, have mercy.

Litany for India

For India, a country on the threshold of a tragedy with the possibility of change still in her sights, we pray in hope,
Lord, hear our prayer

For pastors, teachers, bishops and lay ministers who struggle with the difficult conversations, that they may have courage to speak out and compassion for those who enter their doors, we pray in hope,
Lord, hear our prayer.

For village health workers, doctors and nurses those brave women and men who travel for miles to educate their communities and provide healthcare, that they may be protected on their journeys and blessed in their healing work, we pray in hope,
Lord, hear our prayer.

For migrant labourers, truck drivers and commercial sex workers, as they are forced to make difficult choices, we pray in hope,
Lord, hear our prayer.

For those organisations who work on the front lines, often challenging the governments they rely on, that they will be provided for in their fight for justice in the struggle against HIV, we pray in hope,
Lord, hear our prayer.

For the women of India, struggling for equality and the choice that could save their lives from HIV, we pray in hope,
Lord, hear our prayer.

For those who are turned away from their villages and suffer discrimination due to ignorance, we pray in hope,
Lord, hear our prayer.

For those who have HIV and those who are dying from AIDS, that they may experience comfort and healing, we pray in hope,
Lord, hear our prayer.

For those who have committed to the long fight against HIV/AIDS in India. May our eyes be opened to the urgency of their task, we pray in hope,
Lord, hear our prayer.

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