God of endless love,
ever caring, ever strong:
your only Son was delivered into the hands of the wicked,
yet healed us with the blood of his cross.
May Christ join to his own suffering,
the pains of those abused by priests and bishops who have betrayed your love,
and by servants of your Church
whose sin has brought us shame, and pain.
Grant all shepherds of his Church
the courage and compassion to protect the vulnerable,
the strength to guide the Church in truth,
and the wisdom to model their lives
on Christ, the Good Shepherd.
We ask this
through your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.