The Bishops of Scotland have established a Day of Prayer for those who have suffered any form abuse to be marked each year on the Friday following Ash Wednesday.
On Friday, 24th February, along with Catholics throughout Scotland, this intention will be remembered at 1pm Mass in St Andrew’s Cathedral, Nethergate, Dundee.
Members of our Catholic communities will be asked to recognise the pain of all who have been hurt in body, mind or spirit and to lament the great harm caused by those in the Church whose task it was to protect the vulnerable.
Mass and will be followed by a penitential period of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 2pm when there will be a simple Benediction.
If you can, please join us in prayer for those in our families and communities who carry within themselves the deep and traumatic wounds of abuse in any way inflicted by the Church.
The National Safeguarding Prayer:
we praise you for calling us to the service of others.
We pray for a generosity of spirit
to ensure the vulnerable are protected.
We pray for a compassionate heart
so that we will reach out to those who are wounded by abuse.
We pray for courage and determination
as we seek the safety of everyone in our parish communities.
We dedicate ourselves to this work of service
and pray that you will help us to do your will at all times and in all places. Amen.