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Monday, February 25, 2019 by Communications
This national week of prayer calls attention to the AIDS epidemic in the United States and the extraordinary role that communities of faith can and are playing in AIDS prevention, education, service and advocacy. It highlights the need for a continuous mobilization and education of faith communities to take an even greater role in the implementation of AIDS education and services within their local communities and across the nation. Its primary goal is to strengthen our nation’s faith communities to influence social norms and thereby contribute to the prevention of HIV disease and provide compassionate support to those who are living with and affected by HIV/AIDS. The observance seeks to:

1. Promote a week of AIDS awareness activities within communities of faith to educate the people of the United States about HIV/AIDS;
2. Raise awareness of their support for HIV testing, health education and prevention efforts and give unconditional love and support to all those living with and affected by HIV/AIDS;
3. Bring attention to the critical role that faith communities on a national, regional and local level are playing in the AIDS epidemic in the United States. (Balm in Gilead, Inc.)

In unity with this week of prayer across our nation, we offer the following prayer of the Maryknoll AIDS Task Force: “God of all compassion, comfort your sons and daughters who live with AIDS.

Spread over us all, Your quilt of mercy, love and peace.
Open our eyes to Your Presence reflected in their faces.
Open our ears to Your truth echoing in their hearts.
Give us the strength to weep with the grieving, to walk with the lonely, to stand with the depressed.
May our love mirror Your love for those who live in fear, who live under stress and who suffer rejection.
Mothering, Fathering God, grant rest to those who have died and hope to all who live with HIV.
God of life, help us to find a cure now and help us to build a world in which no one dies alone and where everyone lives accepted, wanted and loved.” Amen

Catholic Charities HIV/AIDS Task Force for the Archdiocese of Chicago, 312-948-6500