Prayer Service for National Day of Recovery and Understanding
In 1990, the United States Congress designated the first full week in October as Mental Illness Awareness Week. It has become customary to have Tuesday of that week be recognized as a National Day of Prayer for Recovery and Understanding in the hope that the faith communities would add their spiritual richness to the public observance.
This year, the day of prayer falls on Tuesday, October 7, which is also the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. The National Catholic Partnership on Disability/Council on Mental Illness invites you to turn to Mary on that day, asking for her intercession. We have prepared a sample prayer service to help you; use it as is, adapt it for your parish or group, or let the Spirit guide you to create your own.
The NCPD’s Mental Illness Network will come together at 3:00 pm that day (CDT) for a 30-minute prayer service via telephone. We also invite all of you, to pause at that time and pray the 1st Glorious Mystery, The Resurrection, as a sign of our belief that through Christ suffering is redeemed.
(Click here for instructions on how to pray the Rosary)