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On Friday (Feb 1), I received some bad news. My mother, who is 63, had broken a hip and fallen – in that order – while out with my stepfather and his parents. An x-ray at the emergency room appeared to show a tumor on her bone that had worn away the joint, causing the break. On Saturday morning, the orthopedist told my parents he thought the tumor was cancerous. As I write this, my mom is scheduled for surgery on Tuesday.

As I often do in times of stress, I pick up my prayer beads and let the repetition of the prayers and the slip of the glass through my fingers soothe me. For my mom, I have compiled some prayers for healing that I will say daily on my Anglican rosary. I hope others praying for the sick will find it useful, too:

On the cross:

In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit

As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

On the invitatory bead:

Almighty God our heavenly father, graciously comfort your servant, Diann, in her suffering and bless the means made use of for her cure. Fill her heart with confidence that, though at times she may be afraid, she may put her trust in you.

On the cruciform beads:

God of the present moment,

God who in Jesus stills the storm and soothes the frantic heart;

Bring hope and courage to Diann as she waits in uncertainty.

On the weeks beads:

Deep peace of the spirit to you

Peace of the air flowing out to you

Peace of God growing strong within you

I drew the prayers from The Book of Common Prayer, A Holy Island Prayer Book and the prayerbook of The Anglican Church of New Zealand. You may also adapt it for the Catholic rosary by saying the weeks prayers on the decade beads, the cruciform prayers on the Our Father beads and the invitatory prayer on the first of the Hail Mary beads on the stem and saying two prayers of your choice on the second and third Hail Mary beads.

As I write this, I am still in shock. My mother had breast cancer in 1998 and thyroid cancer in 2000. This could be a recurrence or a third cancer. I am planning to fly to Houston tomorrow to be there for her surgery. I’ll try and post more from there.

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