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  • 1. Sexual Abuse By: Alexandra Puopolo PRAYER SERVICE
  • 2. Works Cited <ul><li>www.votfwinchester.org/files/Prayer_Service0921.doc </li></ul>
  • 3. Opening Prayer <ul><li>Lets begin with the sign of our faith, </li></ul><ul><li>All: In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit </li></ul><ul><li>Amen. </li></ul>
  • 4. Sexual Abuse <ul><li>As we face the ugly realities of clergy sexual abuse in the church we love, we come before you, O God, with all our fears, anger, and shame. May the anguished cries of the victims break open our hearts so that this very pain creates in us a more compassionate heart. Give us the wisdom and energy to respond to this horrific abuse of power with humility, doing the truth with justice and love and tender mercy. </li></ul>
  • 5. Scriptural Passage <ul><li>A reading from the book of Ezechial 36: 26-28: </li></ul><ul><li>I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws. The Word of the Lord “ Thanks be to God. </li></ul>
  • 6. General Intercessions <ul><li>ALL-Response: FORGIVE OUR TRESPASSES, O GOD. </li></ul><ul><li>For those who have used their pastoral roles to sexually abuse children we pray… </li></ul><ul><li>For bishops who have placed the welfare of the institutional church above the welfare of God’s people, we pray… </li></ul><ul><li>For Catholics who are weary, disgusted and angry, we pray…. </li></ul><ul><li>For those of us who have lived in denial, missing the telltale signs of abuse in our midst, we pray… </li></ul><ul><li>For exploited children and vulnerable adults, give us the wisdom, courage and compassion so badly needed, we pray…. </li></ul><ul><li>For creating structures and systems of abuse which made this sexual abuse both possible and permissible, we pray…. </li></ul><ul><li>For this dark moment that it will give way to the light, we pray…. </li></ul>
  • 7. Hit The Floor – Bullet For My Valentine <ul><li>I see you walking home alone, your face is alive and bright But you can't see how weak you are 'cause I could end it tonight It's the feeling you get when you think that someone behind is watching you Well I can tell you now, that someone is me and I'm about to make it right Why do you take it all? Why do I beg for more? I never thought that this is how I'd hit the floor Why do you take it all? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do I beg for more? I never thought that this is how I'd HIT, THE, FLOOR! </li></ul>
  • 8. <ul><li>I creep up from behind, touch your neck, move down your spine You take a look and breathe so sharp Just a matter of time Don't scream I ask of you, but then you let one out and now it's time to go I come down on you like a ton of brick All over so it's time to go Why do you take it all? Why do I beg for more? I never thought that this is how I'd hit the floor Why do you take it all? Why do I beg for more? I never thought that this is how I'd hit the floor HIT, THE, FLOOR! </li></ul>
  • 9. <ul><li>Whoa-oah! Whoa-oah! Whoa-oah! Why do you take it all? Why do I beg for more? I never thought that this is how I'd hit the floor Why do you take it all? Why do I beg for more? I never thought that this is how I'd hit the floor HIT, THE, FLOOR! Take this for me, I don't wanna hurt you Take this for me, I don't WANNA HURT YOU! </li></ul>
  • 10. Closing Prayer <ul><li>As we go forth today, may our thoughts, our feelings, our prayers, our blessings, and the strength and fellowship of our community give us a new, more compassionate heart; so that we can live the words of St. Paul: “He has committed us to the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.” </li></ul>
  • 11. Ending Prayer <ul><li>We end our prayer ; </li></ul><ul><li>All: In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit </li></ul><ul><li>Amen. </li></ul>

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