The Bishop’s Conference of England and Wales have chosen Tuesday of the Fifth Week of Easter, which falls on the 9th May this year, as the Day of Prayer for Victims and Survivors of Abuse. This is a day of prayer for those who have been abused, in a season of hope and new life.

The Isaiah Journey (a working group of the Bishops’ Conference that has grown out of the need for a pastoral-spiritual response to the suffering of victims and survivors of abuse in the Church) has produced a range of resources for use throughout the year which are launched on this day:


The resources include a prayer for healing and reconciliation:

Praise to you Father of our Lord Jesus Christ
the source of all consolation and hope.
Be the refuge and guardian of all
who suffer from abuse and violence.

Comfort them and send healing
for their wounds of the body, soul and spirit.
Help us all and make us one with you
in your love for justice
as we deepen our respect for the dignity of every human life.

Giver of peace, make us one in celebrating
your praise, both now and forever.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.