Prayer to the Theotokos for Healing
Where bitter sorrows overcome us,
there will patience and rest be revealed.
Where the torment of despair dwells in the soul,
there will shine the ineffable Light of Divinity!
Console the fainthearted, strengthen the weak,
bestow softening and enlightenment upon embittered hearts.
Heal thine ailing people, O All-merciful Queen!
Bless the minds and hands of our physicians,
that they might serve as instruments
of the All-powerful Physician, Christ our Savior.
We pray before thine Icon,
that thou mightest truly live with us, O Sovereign Lady!
Stretch out thy hands, filled with healing and cures,
O Joy of the sorrowful, Consolation in afflictions,
that having speedily received miraculous help,
we may glorify the Life-creating and Undivided Trinity:
The Father, and The Son, and The Holy Spirit,
unto the ages of ages,
Prayer to the Mother of God,
Searcher for the Lost
O Mother of God,
through your virginal conception and birth-giving,
your Son, Jesus Christ, Our God,
took flesh to redeem the likeness that had fallen.
We now beg of your compassion,
seek those who bear the likeness of your Son
through the grace of baptism,
and unite them once more
to your holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.
Render those who bear your Son’s image
not unto the prince of this world,
but unto their Heavenly Father
for Whom they were created.
Make them to know the beauty
of our Father’s house,
that they may recognize
that better is one day in his courts
than a thousand elsewhere.
Quicken their repentance that they, like David,
fashion praise with their lips
and offer their contrite spirit
upon the altar of mercy.
For you, who sought your Son
tenderly in the temple
and who made ministers like servants
His servants of the miracle at Cana,
seek the lost.
Stay with them in their temporal sufferings,
as you did with your Son at His crucifixion,
that they may know that death is certain,
life is short, and merely a prelude
to the inexhaustible joy of eternal life
with your Son, prepared for those
who seek Him in this life.
In this, may your Son be glorified,
together with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
now and ever and forever,
O God, save me by Your name;
by Your power, uphold my cause.
O God, hear my prayer;
listen to the words of my mouth.
For the proud have risen against me,
ruthless foes seek my life.
They have no regard for God.
But, I have God for my help.
The Lord upholds my life.
Let the evil recoil upon my foes;
You who are faithful, destroy them.
I will sacrifice to You with willing heart
and praise Your name for it is good;
for You have rescued me from all distress
and my eyes have seen the downfall of my foes.