We gathered yesterday in our chapel for a simple prayer service. We listened to the Notre Dame Folk Choir's song "Be Still and Know That I Am God" and then prayed Psalm 23 monastic style. Mr. Clossick of our theology department then read a passage from the gospel of Matthew (one used for the Rite of the Anointing of the Sick) and we had silent reflections. We then prayed for the intercession of various saints who are the patron saints of those suffering from certain ailments - cancer, drug addiction, breast cancer, ailments of the throat, etc. We concluded with the Lord's Prayer and the following prayer:
Father in heaven, grant comfort to those who suffer. When they are afraid, give them courage, when afflicted, give them patience, when dejected, afford them hope, and when alone, assure them of the support of Your holy people.
May the angels lead our beloved dead into paradise, may the martyrs come to welcome them, and lead them to the new and eternal Jerusalem.