• Debbie Thrower

Noli me tangere - a prayer for these days of 'no touch'

Updated: May 21, 2020

Noli me tangere ('touch me not') is the Latin version of a phrase spoken, according to the gospel writer John by Jesus to Mary Magdalene when she recognised him after his resurrection (John 20:17).

Martyn Payne has written this prayer especially for these strange days, when we can't go to our loved ones as we would wish and can't touch or hold them even when we’re with them.

God of compassion, who can enter where we cannot go and who can touch those we aren’t allowed to hold, come close on our behalf to those we love, who are confused, lonely and hurting at this time. Please be our hands and feet, our smile and words, to lighten up their darkness, for nothing is impossible with you. Amen

The prayer features in a new BRF Update entitled, 'Adapt and innovate: supporting people living with dementia' (20 May 2020). Read new Anna Chaplaincy team member Julia Burton-Jones's article on Making a difference: Supporting people living with dementia.


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