Who make our lives worth living? Amid mental and physical suffering may they find consolation in your healing presence. Intercessory Prayer in the midst of the spread of COVID-19 O God our Healer, show your compassion for the whole human family that is in turmoil and burdened with illness and with fear. Praying during the coronavirus crisis Each Thursday we offer a new prayer amid coronavirus. We pray for your love and compassion to aboundas we walk through this challenging season. Come to our aid as the coronavirus spreads globally, heal those who are But your mask, Lord, what about your mask? for the gravely ill and the dying, God of the present moment,God who in Jesus stills the stormand soothes the frantic heart;bring hope and courage to allwho wait or work in uncertainty. I pray that we continue to be intentional collaborators, guided by your spirit. Coronavirus intercessions set A. We ache for ourselves and our neighbors, standing before an uncertain future. Through my mask, you hear me if I whisper a brief prayer or mutter a muffled curse. We pray for those who are suffering with sicknessand all who are caring for them. Take a deep breath and moment of quiet. It can help us realize who we may often choose not to see or connect with. Help us to give thanks within the uncertainty. You went about healing all and bringing comfort to those in pain and need. Know that we are striving to make all of the right decisions and need Your love and power to help us overcome any difficulties. Prayer cards are available for download and to print at the bottom of the page. Lord, hear us, 2 | Prayers About this booklet You will find here a small collection of prayers for personal and group use at this challenging time in our lives, when we are struggling to find words to express how we feel. Help me to be generous and to keep contact with the forgotten. We come before you now in this time of illness asking that you may be the source of our strength in body, courage in spirit and patience in pain. For those who are particularly vulnerable, we pray for safety and protection. May they know your protection and peace. Gracious and Loving God,You are our comforter and our hope.Hear our prayers as we come before you.Strengthen us in this time of need.Inspire us to acts of solidarity and generosityand give us hope of a brighter future. Put them away? When the disease that moves us to mask our faces for safety fades away, will our eyes and our ears be stronger, better able to see and to hear the smiles and the frowns, the cries and the whispers of those who fill our lives? Lord, graciously hear us. For public officials.For business leaders.For educators.For innovators and inventors who provide new solutions. Creator, thank you for my many blessings, especially ______________. Call us to profound trust in your faithful presence. (You could hardly deny it now. God gifted us with limitless creativity and imagination. accept these prayers Amen. Menu Previous menu. What connections do you take for granted in your life? where all are known and cared for: Pope's Prayer for Protection from Coronavirus, episcopalrelief.org/what-we-do/us-disaster-program/faith-based-response-to-epidemics/, https://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=1822, https://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=229, https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2020/03/02/coronavirus-prayer, https://www.vaticannews.va/en/pope/news/2020-03/pope-francis-prayer-our-lady-protection-coronavirus.html, Multi Faith Calendar of Religious Holy Days, Foundational Documents on Jesuit Catholic Education, Xavier University's Center for Mission and Identity. We hold in tenderness and prayer the collective suffering of our world at this time. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. I am thankful for the opportunity learn and practice new things. Yes there is panic buying. They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise You can hear the birds again. Take a moment to settle. Prayer to ask for protection and healing from COVID (coronavirus) through Padre Pio’s intercession. What connections impact you the most? With that in mind, I’ve put together a list of 20 prayers to pray during this pandemic. For firefighters, police, and emergency medical workers.For doctors, nurses, and all health care professionals.For those who serve in the armed forces. Take a moment to settle. O Mary, you always shine on our path. God of hope, may your love blanket the earth, as you teach us to live more generously today than yesterday. Amen. for the sake of your Son, For those who are guiding our nation at this time, Pause and reflect on where you’re being invited to grow from that moment. This lovely prayer comes from Bishop Robert Reed, our editor-at-large: O God, protect us against the ravages of illness. COVID-19 Prayer of Solidarity For all who have contracted coronavirus, we pray for care and healing. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love. Lord, graciously hear us. What connections to others are you becoming more aware of? For generosity of spirit.For hope in times of despair.For light in the darkness. God wants to be present in all parts of our lives—not just the easy or serene moments. I pause (breathe in and out) and resolve to love myself more tomorrow. But there does not have to be disease of the soul. For a blessing on our local community, May we who settle in for a quarantine at home remember those who have no home. Us garbagemen are gonna keep collecting the garbage, doctors and nurses are gonna keep doctoring and nurse-ering. But not to you, Lord. If you are a person of faith, take a moment to pray with it. Walk with usas we bring your love,and carry your light,into our world. Lord, graciously hear us. When you are ready, return to your day. that our neighbourhoods may be places of trust and friendship, I’m a garbageman, I can’t work from home and my job is an essential city service that must get done. My smiles, my thoughts, my mumbles, though – these I know, but they are a greater mystery to others now. and celebrate Thanksgiving as we’ve done in the past. An Examen for Life During COVID-19. Pause and reflect on where you’re being invited to grow from that moment. Find out more about how to connect and join our Sunday Online Service. If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is Thank You that will be enough. Pray for the new coronavirus to stop spreading. The conclusion of the prayers may be easily adapted when included as part of the prayers of intercession. We are certain that you will provide, so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee,joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial. Hear through it? who alone makes us dwell in safety: For all who are affected by coronavirus, Lord, listen to our prayers, and hear the voice of our supplications, as we, who trust in your word, eagerly await your help: for you are the God of our salvation. As fear grips our country, let us choose love. Dr. William J Barber IIBack to Top. Prayer of Pope Francis During the Coronavirus Pandemic. Merciful God, hear our fervent prayer for all who suffer from the coronavirus. If you can, picture the faces of these people. Equip Sunday school teachers with information about the tollfree national helpline numbers for their group members and by promoting awareness on tips and resources. Help me see it as a human response that keeps me conscious of the seriousness of this moment, but do not let it overwhelm my spirit. … I am grateful for extra time with family, and for all the new ways I have found to connect with friends. - Found on Twitter: Jester D TGM @JustMeTurtle, What if you thought of itas the Jews consider the Sabbath—the most sacred of times?Cease from travel.Cease from buying and selling.Give up, just for now,on trying to make the worlddifferent than it is.Sing. Look to God in the midst of your daily challenges. Be with those who have died from the virus. Strong in the Face of Tribulation – a new prayer resource from the Vatican. Yes there is even death. Now, it is clear that our futures are bound together more tightly than ever before. As you think of the ways we are connected or disconnected to one another, pick a connection (or lack thereof) that seems important, significant, or is manifesting itself the strongest. God wants to be present in all parts of our lives—not just the easy or serene moments. If you find yourself frustrated or stressed, acknowledge it. We grieve precious lives lost and vulnerable lives threatened. We ask for wisdom for those who bear the loadof making decisions with widespread consequences. What connections impact you the most? If being calm is hard, acknowledge it. Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,for your will is health and wholeness;you are God, and we need you. Even as we are being asked to distance ourselves from one another socially, ask yourself what connections you find yourself grateful for?Who makes you feel grounded and connected to God? Lord, hear us, Help usto focus on what we havenot on what is removed or changed. I have been challenged and needed your guidance in thinking with a community-focus rather than an individual one, and I’ve been challenged in finding the right response on other occasions when I judge that others are falling into that same pit. But there does not have to be meanness. For those who are lonely.For those who have no one to check on them.For families that are separated. Who do you avoid or refuse to see? Help us, Mother of Divine Love,to conform ourselves to the Father’s willand to do what Jesus tells us: He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. For those who have survived.For those who have lost their spouses.For children who have been orphaned.For all those who mourn and those who comfort them. A new prayer of intercession for every week during the coronavirus pandemic. Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another. Pray That the Church Will Be a Light. Lord, graciously hear us. This mask takes away power – the power of clear communication but also the possibility to infect. We have seen the worst in people and the best. – Lynn Ungar, March 11, 2020 (posted with permission of the author) for more from this author, view: http://www.lynnungar.com/poems/. Christmas Season. As you think of the ways we are connected or disconnected to one another, pick a connection (or lack thereof) that seems important, significant, or is manifesting itself the strongest. May my prayers and support be with them all. For those who are guiding our nation at this time, and shaping national policies, We pray for misinformation to be curbedthat fear may take no hold in hearts and minds. (What scar did the Phantom’s mask hide? - By Ellen Hurst, Senior Teaching Professor, Economics. - Adapted from New Zealand Prayer Book, p. 765- Prayer originated from episcopalrelief.org/what-we-do/us-disaster-program/faith-based-response-to-epidemics/. Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic- The birds are singing again The sky is clearing, Spring is coming. Let us pray to the Lord, Amen. who is our refuge and stronghold. For Those Infected. When I’ve wanted to run, I’ve stayed. If being calm is hard, acknowledge it. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care. 1. I love my country. Scared but resilient. In light of the increased risks of child sexual abuse during the COVID-19 pandemic, take a look at the Out of the Shadows toolkit developed by the WCC for churches. I love my planet Earth. Please watch over everyone as times and routines are about to change once again. Even as we are being asked to distance ourselves from one another socially, ask yourself what connections you find yourself grateful for?Who makes you feel grounded and connected to God? My dear brothers and sisters, Lenten season greetings to you all. May those who are infected receive the proper treatment Hello… here I am again, knowing that you are waiting for me with love and warming light.In the shadow of your wings I find respite and relief that feeds my innermost self and renews my soul. For our homes and families, Pray. Lord, hear us, Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. Is there a person or group of people especially affected by COVID-19 that you don’t often choose to see or connect with normally? Prayer During the Day. (Available in multiple languages) A Prayer by Pete Greig. Love compels us to fight against coronavirus alongside our sisters and brothers living in poverty. Bring hope that you will make them the equalof whatever lies ahead. Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow. But there can always be a rebirth of love. Acknowledge how you are feeling in this moment. I continue to welcome and be open to your presence in my life and in this work. 60 Minute Prayer Guide. Let us pray for those who have lost loved ones to this virus. that through their skill and insights Through my mask, you see if I smile or if I scowl. What connections to others are you becoming more aware of? Inspire our leaders to discern and choose wisely, aligned with the common good. Note the emotions you feel when you think of these individuals without judging or overanalyzing. Help me to offer them your tenderness. The prayers below have been sent to us by Archbishop James Wong, the Primate of the Indian Ocean. Open the windows of your soul And though you may not be able to touch across the empty square, - Written by Fr. At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need. I have come back to you, and I will return, knowing that your open arms will never fail. I pause (breathe in and out) and remember that today, As in days before, I have survived. Thank you for all the love I’ve been blessed withand help me in the moments ahead. I trust you, but I confess … - By Susan Haarman, Loyola University Chicago, It seems that I return to you most easily when I need comfort, O God. and care for them in their vulnerability: Dearest Padre Pio, I come before you in prayer, in this period of overwhelming emotion for all of humanity. Was I truly present?What control do I have over the circumstances of these individuals?Did I do all that I could in this point in time?What can I do for tomorrow? Get comfortable. 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