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Prayers for Living in Uncertain Times

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Prayers for the Conclusion of the Rosary

(as requested by Pope Francis for the month of May)

First Prayer

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope. We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick, who, at the foot of the cross, were united with Jesus’ suffering, and persevered in your faith.

“Protectress of the Roman people”, you know our needs, and we know that you will provide, so that, as at Cana in Galilee, joy and celebration may return after this time of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us. For he took upon himself our suffering,
and burdened himself with our sorrows to bring us, through the cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.

We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God; Do not despise our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from every danger, O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.

Second Prayer

In the present tragic situation, when the whole world is prey to suffering and anxiety, we fly to you, Mother of God and our Mother, and seek refuge under your protection.

Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic.  Comfort those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are buried in a way that grieves them deeply.  Be close to those who are concerned for their loved ones who are sick and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot be close to them.  Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future and the consequences for the economy and employment.

Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the Father of mercies, that this great suffering may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew.  Plead with your divine Son, as you did at Cana, so that the families of the sick and the victims be comforted, and their hearts be opened to confidence and trust.

Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the frontline of this emergency, and are risking their lives to save others.  Support their heroic effort and grant them strength, generosity and continued health.

Be close to those who assist the sick night and day, and to priests who, in their pastoral concern and fidelity to the Gospel, are trying to help and support everyone. Blessed Virgin, illumine the minds of men and women engaged in scientific research, that they may find effective solutions to overcome this virus.

Support national leaders, that with wisdom, solicitude and generosity they may come to the aid of those lacking the basic necessities of life and may devise social and economic solutions inspired by farsightedness and solidarity.

Mary Most Holy, stir our consciences, so that the enormous funds invested in developing and stockpiling arms will instead be spent on promoting effective research on how to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.

Beloved Mother, help us realize that we are all members of one great family and to recognize the bond that unites us, so that, in a spirit of fraternity and solidarity, we can help to alleviate countless situations of poverty and need.  Make us strong in faith, persevering in service, constant in prayer.

Mary, Consolation of the afflicted, embrace all your children in distress and pray that God will stretch out his all-powerful hand and free us from this terrible pandemic, so that life can serenely resume its normal course. To you, who shine on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope, do we entrust ourselves, O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary.  Amen.

A Prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Times of Trial

(composed by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Holy Virgin of Guadalupe, Queen of the Angels and Mother of the Americas, we fly to you today as your beloved children. We ask you to intercede for us with your Son, as you did at the wedding in Cana.

Pray for us, loving Mother, and gain for our nation and world, and for all our families and loved ones, the protection of your holy angels, that we may be spared the worst of this illness.

For those already afflicted, we ask you to obtain the grace of healing and deliverance. Hear the cries of those who are vulnerable and fearful, wipe away their tears and help them to trust. In this time of trial and testing, teach all of us in the Church to love one another and to be patient and kind. Help us to bring the peace of Jesus to our land and to our hearts.

We come to you with confidence, knowing that you truly are our compassionate Mother, health of the sick and cause of our joy. Shelter us under the mantle of your protection, keep us in the embrace of your arms, help us always to know the love of your Son, Jesus. Amen.

Prayer in Time of Pandemic

(the collect for the Mass, In Time of Pandemic, Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops)

Almighty and eternal God, our refuge in every danger, to whom we turn in our distress; in faith we pray look with compassion on the afflicted, grant eternal rest to the dead, comfort to mourners, healing to the sick, peace to the dying, strength to healthcare workers, wisdom to our leaders and the courage to reach out to all in love, so that together we may give glory to your holy name. Amen.

Prayer for Those who are Sick

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

Jesus our Lord, we ask you to have mercy on all who are sick. Give them your strength and love, and help them to carry this cross with faith. May their sufferings be one with yours, overcome the power of evil, and lead others to our Father in heaven. Amen.

Prayer for Those who Care for the Sick

Lord Jesus, our brother, you showed your compassion for the sick when you reached out in love to them. We praise you for the saving love that is exercised among those who care for the sick. Conform them more and more to your image that they may be your healing touch to the sick, and share the peace of your Holy Spirit with all they meet. Amen.

Prayer of Supplication & Homily of Pope Francis’ Urbi et Orbi Blessing

On Friday, 27 March 2020 Pope Francis held a special Urbi et Orbi blessing in St. Peter’s Square for the end to the pandemic and for special graces for all who are affected by this terrible virus. You may read his homily directly from the Vatican website; and join in praying the Litany of Supplication.

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.