Child Abuse Prevention Month
Good and Gracious God, you who hold all life as sacred, all human life
precious, we give you praise this day. We ask in a special way that your sweet
Holy Spirit will fill all of us with a zeal for safeguarding and protecting the
lives of our children. Fill us with the courage to continue to bring your mission
of healing and wholeness to our society where all too often our children and
youth are being physically, emotionally and sexually abused.
As you wept for your friend Lazarus lying in the tomb, so we weep with you
every time we hear stories of abuse in our society. And as you called the
bystanders to unbind Lazarus and remove his burial cloths, so we seek to
answer your call to unbind and lighten the hurt and pain of past abuse from
the victims and their families.
we continue to seek your aid in raising awareness
of the risks to our children, risks that can limit them from safely pursuing the
development and sharing of their God-given potential.
Bless all parents, all teachers, all grandparents and guardians, all child
advocates and all who you have entrusted with the care of Your children.
Give them the love, the strength, the affirmation, the wisdom and the patience
to help these children grow in homes and schools filled with love, faith and
And, of course, loving God, protect our precious children and youth that they
may know the safety and security of loving homes, safe streets, safe and
nurturing schools and faith communities. Help them witness in us, their
caregivers, the passion we have for serving you by helping them
in every way we are able to grow safely and strongly into adult maturity.
We ask all of this in the name of the God of Life and Love, the Strength of our
spirits and the Source of our security. You who live and reign in unity with
Your Son and our brother, Jesus Christ, united in Your Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.
- Rev. Lawrence Dowling, Pastor
St. Agatha Parish, Chicago