A Prayer to Mark World Aids Day

Lord, make me an instrument of peace:  

What concrete steps can we take to promote peace and reconciliation in situations of conflict, violence and sexual exploitation to help reduce the incidence of HIV/AIDS and promote a culture of peace and reconciliation?

Where there is hatred, let me sow love:  

How can we create welcoming communities of faith for persons living with HIV/AIDS and those affected by AIDS and eliminate all instances of discrimination and social stigma?

Where there is injury, pardon:  

Do we hold those who are living with HIV/AIDS as evil, immoral persons?   How can we set them free and allow them to discover the face of God in their current situations?

Where there is division, unity:  

Do our fears and prejudices lead us to commit acts of violence against our sisters and brothers living with HIV/AIDS?

Where there is darkness (untruth), light (truth):  

Can we preach and speak about HIV/AIDS openly, exploring its origins, its impact, and the fears we have about it?   Can we begin to speak the truth in the light, in our parish communities, our religious houses, and everywhere?

Where there is doubt, true faith:  

Can we reach out to one another, particularly our brothers and sisters living with HIV/AIDS, in a way that restores faith in God?   Can we draw upon the power of resurrection to remove all fears, fears of contagion that lead us to reject or withdraw our love and support from persons living with HIV/AIDS?

Where there is despair, hope:  

How are we fostering communities of hospitality, receptivity, and healing where our brothers and sisters can find ‘home’, a place of welcoming and love.

Where there is sadness, new joy:  

Do we recognize the power and grace in our brothers and sisters living with HIV/AIDS?   Do we allow ourselves to be ‘evangelized’ and transformed by the witness of our sisters and brothers living with HIV/AIDS?



Prayer for World AIDS Day

December 1st is World AIDS Day. On that day and on the Sundays nearest it, people and churches around the world will be praying in response to the AIDS pandemic.No region is unaffected; no person is untouched. Here, too, while AIDS is less visible and less prevalent than it is in some countries, many among us are living with, or affected by HIV and AIDS, and need prayers, love and support.

Dear God, we ask you to walk with us in our HIV and AIDS filled world.

We pray expecting Your presence among us!

Be with all who live with the effects of this disease.Be with those who wait to die because they have no access to medication.
Be with children who received HIV as a legacy from their parents.Be with orphans and families who have lost loved ones.
Be with countries who have millions of citizens with HIV/AIDS.
Be with all who are stigmatised and ignored because they have HIV or AIDS.Be with politicians and corporate executives who control access to affordable medications.
Be with researchers and scientists who work to find a cure.
Be with healthcare workers and caregivers who comfort and encourage.
Be with all who have lost hope because of HIV and AIDS.

Lord, we hear the angel’s song of peace!

Fill the hearts of people around the world with good will so that together we can work for justice and healing for all who suffer from HIV and AIDS.Amen.

The prayer above comes from the Diakonia Council of Churches, based in Durban, South Africa (www.diakonia.org.za) who have kindly given permission for its reproduction.