June 5, the feast of Pentecost, has been chosen to launch a great crusade of prayer in aid of the missions to the heathens.
All invalids are asked to join their prayers to those of sufferers throughout the world for the Holy Father's intention— the spread of the Gospel.
The Pope, who has himself suffered from bad health in recent months, has given every encouragement to the spread of the movement.
In the spring of 1931, when the first " mission Sunday for the sick " was held in Rome, 10,000 responded to the appeal. A little later the Holy Father received a representative group of people who presented an album containing all the signatures of those who had taken part in this crusade of prayer for the Missions.
A little invalid who had to be supported by two nuns handed up the albums to the Pope.
No Set Prayer
The Holy Father's wish that the idea should take root and spread across the
world, has gradually taken effect. The Missionary Union of the Clergy is particularly active in spreading this devotion. It is fitting therefore that England which has just become active in this other epostolate of the priesthood, over whose first meeting Cardinal Hinsley presided on May 19, should take part in what is practically a world-wide movement.
There is no set prayer. The following prayer, used by the members of the Catholic Invalids' Union may prove helpful. Those who tend or visit the sick are asked to draw their attention to this crusade.
" 0 JESUS, Who as Head of Thy Church hast deigned to unite Thy own suffering to that of Thy faithful, accept this my suffering that I may become an instrument of salvation and be crucified with Thee.
" I offer Thee the pain of this day, for the conversion of the heathen to the light of the Gaspe], and for all heretics who have strayed from Thy Church.
" Grant then, 0 Jesus, that I may be able to carry my Cross this day and always with a serene spirit, so that I may be glorified one day with Thee in Heaven. Amen."