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Prayers for Living in Uncertain Times

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National Prayer for Canada in the Wake of COVID-19

(composed by Archbishop Terrence Prendergast and Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka)

O God, we gather together separated by life-saving distancing, but united more than ever in spirit; we know we are in a war against COVID-19 together, and the more together we are, the better and stronger we will emerge:

We know the challenges are enormous, yet so are the opportunities; that whether we are in isolation with loved ones, or alone, we will have abundance of time; we commit to using that time to the max, to help those in greater need in whatever way we can; we know we all have the opportunity, and time, to be life savers and life enhancers; we give thanks for those who are on the front line taking care of those who are not well; we give thanks for the researchers who are working at breakneck speed to find cure and vaccine; we give thanks for our leaders, federal, provincial and local, for their dedication to all of us; we give thanks for the providers of our daily needs who go to work in spite of the risk; we give thanks for those who have ramped up their ability to produce life-saving supplies.

We pray for the well-being of all our life savers; for those who are not well, that they recover fully; for those enduring difficulty, that they may overcome their challenges.

We pray that a cure and vaccine will soon be available, and that we all – family, friends, all Canadians, the entire world may be healed in body and spirit.

We ask you, O God, to bless our leaders, our front line care givers, our life savers and life enhancers. We ask you, O God, to bless Canada, to bless the world, to bless everyone. Amen.


A Prayer in Times of Crisis

(taken from Blessings and Prayers for Home and Family, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops)

For our community in this time of crisis: Lord, sustain us with your strength and guide us in the ways of wisdom.

Almighty God, you are blessed throughout all ages for your mercy and love. Look upon us in our time of need and give us the strength to persevere in your love. Protect your people from all harm and guide us with the light of your face until we overcome all dangers. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.


A Prayer to Mary, Health of the Sick

(composed by Pope Francis)

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick. At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.

You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need. 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.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the Father’s will and 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. Amen.

We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.

Do not despise our pleas — we who are put to the test — and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.


A Prayer for Protection in Time of Pandemic

(adapted from the Prayer of Pope Francis)

O Mary, you always brighten our path as a sign of salvation and of hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the Cross, took part in Jesus’ pain while remaining steadfast in faith.

O loving Mother, you know what we need, and we are confident you will provide for us as at Cana in Galilee. Intercede for us with your Son Jesus, the Divine Physician, for those who have fallen ill, for those who are vulnerable, and for those who have died. Intercede also for those charged with protecting the health and safety of others and for those who are tending to the sick and seeking a cure.

Help us, O Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who took upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows, so as to lead us, through the Cross, to the glory of the Resurrection. Amen.


A Prayer of Solidarity

(composed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

For all who have contracted coronavirus, we pray for care and healing. For those who are particularly vulnerable, we pray for safety and protection. For all who experience fear or anxiety, we pray for peace of mind and spirit.

For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety, we pray for policies that recognize their plight. For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status, we pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all. For our brothers and sisters around the world, we pray for shared solidarity. For public officials and decision-makers, we pray for wisdom and guidance.

Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all. Grant peace. Grant comfort. Grant healing. Be with us, Lord. Amen.


A Prayer for Trust

(composed by Rev. Michael Béchard, Diocese of London, Ontario)

We approach you, God, ever confident in your compassionate mercy and protection. At this time, we find ourselves walking in unknown lands yet we trust that you continue to guide our paths.

Our needs are many. In your goodness, turn your ear to us and hear our pleas. Give strength to those caring for our sick. Give wisdom to those searching for a cure. Give courage to those labouring to meet our needs. Grant healing to the sick. Grant loving consolation to the frightened and weary.

During this time of fasting from the Sacraments, help us to find your presence in other ways. As we carry this cross, and wait patiently at the tomb, keep us mindful of the resurrection. May your Son, the Great Physician, and the Holy Spirit, the Giver of Peace, come quickly to our aid. Amen.


Act of Spiritual Communion

(composed by Saint Alphonsus Liguori)

My Jesus, I believe that you are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I long for you in my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though you have already come, I embrace you and unite myself entirely to you; never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.


Acts of Contrition

The Vatican News Service has a list of many Acts of Contrition. Click the link to visit their page.