This prayer was used yesterday during worship. World AIDS Day, since 1988, has been December 1 and a day to educate and advocate for those persons living with HIV/AIDS.

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On this World AIDS Day we remember especially the thirty-three million persons now living with HIV in all nations. Be with them, we pray.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Lead our government and the governments of all countries to protect and promote the rights of HIV positive persons to treatment, health and stigma-free living.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Be with groups and organizations that respond faithfully and with sacrifice to the daily needs of HIV positive persons for food, housing, health care and employment.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Guide all organizations that advocate HIV/AIDS prevention through education and outreach that they may be successful in their efforts especially among at-risk populations and among those with health disparities.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Inspire and encourage the men and women who spend their lives researching treatments and possible cures for HIV/AIDS.

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

Receive all who have died of AIDS and give them healing peace in your eternal presence. We remember especially those named at this time:

Let us pray:

Caring God, you have promised “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” It is with this calm assurance, believing that your Kingdom will come, that we offer our prayers to you this day through Jesus Christ. Amen.

*Liturgical resources for World AIDS Day 2009 prepared by Br. Daniel-Chad Hoffman, CTG, for use by the National Episcopal AIDS Coalition (NEAC)