Prayer For A Parent Whose Child Has Died


Mysterious Lord of Life and Death,
a very part of my own life has died
in the death of my child.

My soul is weighed down with sorrow
and bears the wound of a lifelong scar.
Send to me Your angel of consolation
for the pain is heavy and deep.

 Come to my aid, Lord of Mercy,
for I lack the power
of the holy parent, Abraham,
who was willing in obedience to Your  command,
to sacrifice to You his beloved son, Isaac.

 Lord God, You who are also a parent
surely know my Pain at the loss of my beloved child
who has been taken from my side by death.

Do not take my tears and sorrow
as a sign of my unbelief that all who have died
are resurrected to eternal life in You,
but, rather, see in these tears
a sign of my great love for my child.

As I held him in the embrace of love,
may You, his Divine Parent,
hold him close to Your heart forever.

Help me, Lord,
for I do not seek to understand the
why of this mystery of death
as much as I desire to accept it in a holy way
and to be healed and once again whole.

Support me, my Lord and God,
and wrap me in your gentle love
as I attempt to carry this bitter cross
as Your Son, Jesus, carried the cross
which you gave to Him.


from Prayers For The Domestic Church
by Edward Hays