Missing in the darkness,
vanished without a trace,
with only the memories and photographs,
to fill an empty place.
Frequent prayer and fervent cries,
is there anyone there?
But the only sound
was the silent eternal fanfare.
For a long time
its deafening sound
subdued by a path
through lost and found.
Laughter and sorrow,
anguish and grief,
all the moments of a life
but with no relief.
Everything and nothing
one within and between all,
gentle, loving, pervading,
the eternal silence falls.
(The above was written in June 2000, arising
out of the disappearance of my cousin , Aengus and the setting up of a Missing
Irish People website. Sometimes, we do not hear answers to our prayers, only
apparent silence. But within that silence, there is always more to be discovered.)
O, Blessed Mother and St Joseph,
you searched when your Son Jesus
disappeared when he was twelve.
You would not give up
until he was found.
You know the pain of having someone missing,
and the joy of finding them,
as you found your son.
Help those who are searching now,
to find the answers to their questions,
and an end to their searching.
Inspire people to be vigilant,
so that their eyes and ears
may see and hear news that will bring hope.
Comfort those who feel lonely and sad
because the one they love has vanished.
Be with them in the storm
and guide them in their efforts.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
Vanishing into the space of oblivion
In earth, sea or sky?
Gone into the wilderness
Of the unknown.
The door will open,
The vanished will return.
Like the prodigal son,
The father will say;
"Come into my open arms,
Oh! Child, how we missed you".
We read in the Gospel how as a child, Jesus was
lost in Jersalem and was found in the Temple. And Mary his mother said to him,
'My Child, why have you done this to us? See
how worried your father and I have been, looking for you... He went down with
them and came to Nazareth.' (Luke 2:48-51)
Let Us Pray
God our Father,
your Son Jesus Christ as a child
was lost in the chaos of a great city
and was restored to the love of his family;
watch over N , now missing, for whom we pray
and protect him/her with your love.
Be near to those who are anxious for him/her;
let your presence change their sorrow into comfort,
their anxiety into trust,
their despair into faith,
that they may know your loving purposes.
And this we ask
in the name of Jesus our Lord,
who loves and lives
and cares for all your children. Amen.
(Taken from Magee Brian, ed. The Veritas Book
of Blessing Prayers. Dublin: Veritas, 1989, p. 140)
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