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26 June - UN the Day of Solidarity
with the Torture Victims

PRAYER

«WITHOUT RESPECT FOR THE HUMAN BEING IT IS NOT POSSIBLE TO DEFEAT TERRORISM» (from the discourse of Pope John Paul II to President Bush)

Help me, Lord, for your immense love!

But I am a worm and not human, scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
All who see me make a jest of me; they sneer and shake their heads.:

Help me, Lord, for your immense love!

Be not far from me for trouble is near, and there is no one to help me.A herd of bulls surround me - strong bulls of Bashan closing in on me,
their mouths open, like lions roaring for their prey.

Help me, Lord, for your immense love!

I am like water draining away; all my bones are out of joint, my heart melts away like wax.
Round about me are vicious dogs, villainous rogues encircling me. They have tied up my hands and feet.

Help me, Lord, for your immense love!

O Lord, be not far from me! O my strength, come quickly to my help.
Deliver my soul from the sword, my life from the powerful grip of the dog.
Rescue me from the jaws of the lion, my soul from the horns of the wild bull.

Help me, Lord, for your immense love!

I will proclaim your name to my brothers, I will praise you in the assembly,
"All you who fear the Lord, praise him!
For he has not scorned or loathed the afflicted in his misery. He has not hidden his face from me but has listened when I cried to him."

► In his recent visit to Switzerland, the Pope, John Paul II, prayed for all those persons suffering by the prison or the torture. The Pope renew with vehemence the defense of the human dignity: the human dignity is indestructible, so for each outrage to the human being reveals, definitively, outrage to his Creator, who loves him with a love of a Father.

We suggest a moment of silence, or a gentle canticle, to light some candles remembering the Light of Christ, tortured and crucified, but Resurrected, hope for everyone suffering.

Let us pray:

«Lord of Life, listen to the prayer of everyone suffering in body or spirit, mainly those suffering the humiliation of the prison and the oppression of the torture».

In every human being we want to recognize and honor your image, o God!

« Lord of Life, listen to the prayer of the women victims of the violence, exploitation and humiliation that they suffer in their body, mind and spirit ».

In every human being we want to recognize and honor your image, o God!

«Lord of Life, listen to the our prayer for the children victims of the sexual abuse and violated physical and psychologically in their innocence».

In every human being we want to recognize and honor your image, o God!

► Let us pray with Mary, Mother of Mercy, saying:

Hail Holy Queen...