Pastoral Care

​​​​​​​At SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospitals, we are committed to revealing the healing presence of God through our exceptional health care services… and through prayer.

Chapel Hours

Chapels at both St. Mary's Hospital - Audrain and St. Mary's Hospital - Jefferson City are open 24 hours for prayer and meditation. 

Chapel at St. Mary’s Hospital - Audrain
Directions: The chapel is located on the hospital's main floor near the emergency room.
Mass: Saturdays at 7:30 pm
Chapel at St. Mary’s Hospital - Jefferson City
Directions: The chapel is located on the hospital's main floor by the main lobby.
Mass: Thursdays at Noon

Pastoral Care

At SSM Health, we believe in treating the whole person, embracing your spiritual, physical​ and emotional needs. 

Chaplain Services at St. Mary’s Hospital - Audrain
Available by request
After-hours: Dial "0" for assistance
Phone: 573-582-5000 ext. 8139
Hours: by request Monday - Friday
Chaplain Services at​ St. Mary’s Hospital - Jefferson City
Available 24/7
After-hours: Dial "0" for assistance
Phone: 573-681-3140
Hours: 8 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday ​

audrain-chapel.png How can a chaplain help? 

  • Listening 
  • Praying with you ​
  • Supporting you through difficult decisions 
  • Helping you to discover or use your faith resources 
  • Responding to your fear, anxiety and grief 
  • Providing sacraments 
  • Assisting you with advance directives for health care

Holy Communion is offered daily to our Catholic patients and to our Protestant patients upon request. Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick and Sacrament of Reconciliation may be celebrated with patients and their families upon request. 

Your own minister, rabbi or priest is always welcome to visit you while you are here. If you need assistance contacting them, please let us know.​​

Patient Prayer Resources

Prayer for Our Patients

As you enter this place, may you feel the care
of God’s own great heart.
May you experience healing
through compassionate hands and
listening hearts.
May you always feel seen and heard.
May you know strength
because our prayers join yours.
May we attend with great respect
to your needs and wants, and
empower your healing.
May we see in you the precious person that God
created, incredibly graced and gifted.
May we be worthy of your trust.

Prayer for the Sick

Eternal God, hear us on behalf of Your sick servant, N., for whom we ask for Your mercy.  With bodily health restored, s/he may give thanks to You. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

For Those Suffering Fever

Lord Jesus, at the prayerful request of your apostle, Peter; You subdued the fever of his mother-in-law.  In your compassion, ease my pain and subdue the fever of my ailment. May I find the cure I seek from You.  I give glory to You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever. Amen.      

After an Accident or Injury

O Lord my God, You are my physician and comfort in sickness; You deliver me from pain. You stretched forth your hand to save your apostle Peter as he was sinking in water. Grant now your merciful aid to me and heal my injuries. And as I trustingly call on You, + restore me to health in your loving kindness. O Lord, show me your compassion and mercy that I may glorify Your Name, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and ever and forever. Amen.

Before an Operation

O Lord Jesus Christ, look now graciously on me, + and give me the strength to bear patiently whatever awaits me. Bless the people and all the means which will be used to restore me to health. For You, my God and Savior, are merciful.  I give glory to You, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, Amen.       


Prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.


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