Prayer for Safeguarding Sunday 2021

12 September 2021
Image: ACBC


Gracious God,

you love and care for all of your children,

especially the smallest and most vulnerable.

We entrust to you the lives of children

and adults at risk

who have been sexually abused,

and whose trust and innocence have been destroyed.

Help us to hear their cries of pain

and to take responsibility for those

whose lives have been broken.

Help us to recognise the hurt felt by

those wounded by abuse,

and the failure to be heard.

We pray that with the help of your grace

communities and families will find

understanding and support,

so that now and in the future

their wounds may be healed

and they may find lasting peace.

Let your grace and love fall gently now

upon our children and adults at risk,

giving them the inner strength, peace and resilience

to seek out assistance when required.

We ask this prayer through our Lord

Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God forever and ever.



The Australian Catholic Church marks Safeguarding Sunday on the second Sunday in September at the conclusion of National Child Protection Week, which ran from 5 to 11 September 2021.

Related: Liturgy notes for Safeguarding Sunday

Related: Prayers of Intercession for Safeguarding Sunday

For information on safeguarding initiatives in the Diocese of Parramatta, go to or email

With thanks to the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference.


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