we bring you
the troubles and perils
of peoples and nations,
the sighing of prisoners and captives,
the sorrows of the bereaved,
the needs of strangers,
the helplessness of the weak,
the tiredness of the weary,
the failing powers of the aged.
O Lord, draw near to each;
for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Source: Anselm of Canterbury, 11th century
Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Middle Ages, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1954.