Novena for the World Day of the Sick

Written by on 02/02/2022

Message of His Holiness Pope Francis for the 30th
World Day of the Sick

Friday 11 February 2022

“Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (Lk 6:36).
Standing beside those who suffer on a path of charity

Dear brothers and sisters,

Thirty years ago, Saint John Paul II instituted the World Day of the Sick to encourage the people of God, Catholic health institutions and civil society to be increasingly attentive to the sick and to those who care for them.

We are grateful to the Lord for the progress made over the years in the particular Churches worldwide. Many advances have been made, yet there is still a long way to go in ensuring that all the sick, also those living in places and situations of great poverty and marginalization, receive the health care they need, as well as the pastoral care that can help them experience their sickness in
union with the crucified and risen Christ. May the Thirtieth World Day of the Sick – whose closing celebration, due to the pandemic, will not take place as planned in Arequipa, Peru, but in Saint Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican – help us grow in closeness and service to the sick and to their families.

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Novena for the World Day of the Sick

Please join us each morning at 9:30am (weekdays from Feb 2 – Feb 11), 10:15am on Saturday (Feb 5) and 11:45am and 1:20pm on Sunday (Feb 6) for a Novena prayed with healthcare workers, supporters and family members.  Each day, a new speaker will share a short reflection with the listsners and then pray the following:

Novena Prayer

Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes, you appeared at the grotto of Massabielle to Bernadette, a simple shepherdess.  You brought her the radiant light of your smile, the gentle, resplendent brightness of your presence.  Day by day, you built a relationship with her where you gazed at her gently as one person talking to another.

We, too, come before you in our poverty, and we humbly pray to you. May those who doubt discover the joy of trust. May those who despair sense your discreet presence.

Mary, Our Lady of Lourdes, you revealed your name to Bernadette by simply saying “I am the Immaculate Conception”. May we discover the joy of a forgiveness that never falters. Instil in us the desire for a rediscovered innocence and a joyful holiness.

Help the blinded sinner. You who gave birth to the Saviour of the world, look tenderly on our beautiful but tragic world. Open in us the path of hope, guide us to the One who is the Living Source, Jesus, your Son, who teaches us to call God Father.


February 2nd – Dr. Charles Wilson, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge

February 3rd – Gianluca Testore, Paramedic, Tokyo, Japan

February 4th – Mary, Social Worker, Cambourne

February 5th – Loretta Peck, Mental Health Nurse, Cambourne

February 6th – Dr. Guiellermo Martinez, Anaesthetist at Papworth Hospital, Cambridge

February 7th – Rachel, Rachel’s Vineyard, UK

February 8th – Mr Mark Gannon, Vascular Surgeon, Birmingham

February 9th – Tina Quinn, Clinical Nurse Specialist in Palliative Care in the New Forest and Chief Nurse for the Catholic Association pilgrimage to Lourdes, Diocese of Portsmouth

February 10th – Dr Adrian Treloar, Consultant in Old Age Psychiatry and Memory Service, Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust.

February 11th – Fionnuala Donovan, Neurological Outpatient Physio, Guy’s and St Thomas’​ NHS Foundation Trust London

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