Father Jamie McMorrin will broadcast a prayer for survivors of abuse on UK radio this Friday.

He will give the Prayer for the Day on BBC Radio 4 and has used the platform to highlight the annual day of prayer for those which have suffered abuse.

The Bishops' Conference of Scotland designated the first Friday of Lent each year as a day set aside especially for the Catholic Church to pray for survivors of abuse.

Fr Jamie McMorrin, a priest at St Mary's Cathedral, will say the day is "to publicly acknowledge the suffering caused by this evil and to humbly ask forgiveness from God and from all those whose lives have been broken and even ended because of the sins of the Church and her leaders".

He will speak on the theme of repentance and add: “Words, of course, are not enough. No apology, no matter how sincere, can ever undo the past and restore what has been lost.

“More than this, survivors rightly expect concrete actions to ensure that their stories are heard, justice is done and these terrible crimes never happen again."

Fr McMorrin will conclude with the following prayer, an edited version of the prayer produced by the National Liturgy Commission for Scotland, to mark the day.

“God of compassion and love, you gave your Son to heal our brokenness and bring us peace: Gentle Jesus, join to your own suffering the pain of all who have been hurt in body, mind, and spirit by those who betrayed the trust placed in them. Hear our cries as we ask forgiveness for the harm done to our brothers and sisters. We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.”

A Day of Prayer for those who have suffered abuse is marked each year in Scotland on the Friday following Ash Wednesday. Liturgical resources have been given to priests across the Archdiocese. Prayer for the Day is broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 5:43am. Listen online here.