The Rosary is a powerful prayer used by great church leaders, saints, and Christians. Often we use the Rosary to ask for God to intercede in our lives. Praying for healing is a very appropriate use of this holy prayer, but, which Rosary mysteries do we use to pray for the sick?
From our research, we haven’t found a straightforward answer to this question from the Church, but we do think you have a few options.
Pray the Sorrowful Mysteries
The most commonly prayed for the ill and sick is the Sorrowful Mysteries. Jesus’s passion offers an opportunity to bind the sick person’s suffering with the suffering Christ experienced. It may seem like a sad thing to do, but it offers an opportunity to sanctify the pain and sickness.
It’s a special way to bring Jesus right to the suffering of your loved one.
Reflecting on each image of the Sorrowful Mysteries will bring it into our current reality. As we pray for each mystery, we can pray for our loved ones and their healing.
The Agony in the Garden
Jesus experienced the weight of his trial, he understands suffering. He asks the Father. “If it be possible let this chalice pass. Yet not my will but yours be done.” Jesus pours his heart out to the father, and we pray that the sick do the same.
The Scourging at the Pillar
Jesus experiences pain. He is fully God, and fully human. He knows what it is like to suffer, and we pray that the sick’s suffering is united to Jesus’s suffering.
The Crowning of Thorns
We know that Jesus is king. We pray that our loved one experience the piece of Jesus and the assurance that he is our good king.
The Carrying of the Cross
Jesus bore the weight of the heavy cross, and we pray that Jesus will help bear the pain of the sick. May he walk side by side with those we love, and pray that they let Jesus help carry the weight.
Christians have hope, because of the Crucifixion. We are not alone, we know that he is with us and for us. We pray that our loved ones experience the comfort and peace of Jesus.
A prayer for the Sick
Each time we begin a Rosary, we start with a special intention. When you are praying for the sick, begin and end your Rosary with a special prayer for healing. Two examples of praying for the sick are below.
Prayer for the Sick 1
A general and quick prayer that we can say often, throughout our day.
Almighty and Eternal God,
You are the everlasting health of those who believe in You.
Hear us for Your sick servant (name)
for whom we implore the aid of Your tender mercy,
that being restored to bodily health,
he/she may give thanks to You in Your Church.
Through Christ our Lord.
Praying for the Sick 2 - Saint Padre Pio
St Padre Pio was a saint who prayed constantly and suffered poor health for most of his life. Below is a healing prayer that he often prayed.
Heavenly Father, I thank you for loving me.
I thank you for sending your Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ,
to the world to save and to set me free.
I trust in your power and grace that sustain and restore me.
Loving Father, touch me now with your healing hands,
for I believe that your will is for me to be well in mind, body,
soul and spirit.
Cover me with the most precious blood of your Son, our Lord
Jesus Christ from the top of my head to the soles of my feet.
Cast anything that should not be in me.
Root out any unhealthy and abnormal cells.
Open any blocked arteries or veins and rebuild and replenish
any damaged areas.
Remove all inflammation and cleanse any infection by the
power of Jesus’ precious blood.
Let the fire of your healing love pass through my entire body
to heal and make new any diseased areas so that my body
will function the way you created it to function.
Touch also my mind and my emotion, even the deepest
recesses of my heart.
Saturate my entire being with your presence, love, joy, and
peace and draw me ever closer to you every moment of my life.
And Father, fill me with your Holy Spirit and empower me to
do your works so that my life will bring glory and honor to
your holy name.
I ask this in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Finally, before you start praying the rosary, consider reading aloud a few of the stories of Jesus healing the sick. These miracles help us to remember the unending mercy and unmatched power of Jesus. It’s important to pray the Rosary with expectant hope. Remember that our Lord has healed the sick, and if it is in his will, he’ll heal your loved one too.
Jesus Heals Jairus’ Daughter - Mark 5:21-24,35-42
Jesus went back across to the other side of the lake. There at the lakeside, a large crowd gathered around him. Jairus, an official of the local synagogue, arrived, and when he saw Jesus, he threw himself down at his feet and begged him earnestly, “My little daughter is very sick. Please come and place your hands on her, so that she will get well and live!” Then
Jesus started off with him. So many people were going along with Jesus that they were crowding him from every side.
. . . some messengers came from Jairus’ house and told him, “Your daughter has died. Why bother the teacher any longer?” Jesus paid no attention to what they said, but told him, “Don’t be afraid, only believe.” Then he did not let anyone else go on with him except Peter and James and John. They arrived at Jairus’ house, where Jesus saw the confusion and heard all the loud crying and wailing. He went in and said to them, “Why all this confusion? Why are you crying? The child is not dead – she is only sleeping!”
They ridiculed him, so he put them all out, took the child’s father and mother and his three disciples, and went into the room where the child was lying. He took her by the hand and said to her, “Talitha, koum,” which means, “Little girl, I tell you to get up!” She got up at once and started walking around. (She was twelve years old.) When this happened, they were completely amazed.
The Healing of Simon Peter’s Mother-in Law - Mark 1:29-31
Jesus and his disciples, including James and John, left the synagogue and went straight to the home of Simon and Andrew. Simon’s mother-in-law was sick in bed with a fever, and as soon as Jesus arrived, he was told about her. He went to her, took her by the hand, and helped her up. The fever left her, and she began to wait on them.
The Woman who Bled - Mark 5:25-34
There was a woman who had suffered terribly from severe bleeding for twelve years, even though she had been treated by many doctors. She had spent all her money, but instead of getting better she got worse all the time. She had heard about Jesus, so she came in the crowd behind him, saying to herself, “If I just touch his clothes, I will get well.” She touched his cloak, and her bleeding stopped at once; and she had the feeling inside herself that she was healed of her trouble. At once Jesus knew that power had gone out of him, so he turned around in the crowd and asked, “Who touched my clothes?” His disciples answered, “You see how the people are crowding you; why do you ask who touched you?” But Jesus kept looking around to see who had done it. The woman realized what had happened to her, so she came, trembling with fear, knelt at his feet, and told him the whole truth. Jesus said to her, “My daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace, and be healed of your trouble.”
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