Prayer Resources for use during the Coronavirus pandemic
The following prayers and resources are offered to assist the faithful during the threat of the coronavirus:
This is an occasion for all of us – especially in families – to pray more intensely for each other and especially for those who have succumbed to the illness. We should pray also for those at the frontlines – especially doctors, nurses and medical staff and other carers, including clergy – that the Lord will protect them as they place their own wellbeing at risk in the service of all.Bishops are suggesting that the following prayers be recited at this time:
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided.Inspired with this confidence,I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.O Mother of the Word Incarnate,despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer. Amen.
Cuimhnigh Cuimhnigh,a Mhaighdean Mhuire róghrámhar,nár chualathas trácht ar éinneriamh a chuir é féinfaoi do choimircená a d’iarr cabhair ortná a d’impigh d’idirghuíis gur theip tú air.Lán de mhuinín asat, dá bhrí sin,rithimse chugat, a Mhaighdeanna maighdean is a Mháthair.Is chugatsa a thagaim,is os do chomhair a sheasaim,i mo pheacach bocht atuirseach.Ó a Mháthair an Aonmhic,ná diúltaigh do m’urnaitheach éist leo go trócaireach agusfreagair iad. Ámén.
COMECE/CCEE Common Prayer to God for Help
The Presidents of the two bodies representing the Bishops’ Conferences of Europeancountries (COMECE and CCEE) have released a our common prayer to God for help,comfort and salvation:
God our Father, Creator of the world, almighty and merciful, out of love for us You sent your Son into the world as the doctor of our souls and our bodies,look upon your children who, in this difficult time of confusion and dismay in many regions of Europe and the world, turn to you seeking strength, salvation and relief, deliver us from illness and fear, heal our sick, comfort their families, give wisdom to our rulers, energy and reward to our doctors, nurses and volunteers, eternal life to the dead. Do not abandon us in the moment of trial but deliver us from all evil.We ask this of Thee, who with the Son and the Holy Spirit, live and reign forever and ever.
Mary, mother of health and hope, pray for us
May our blessing be with you,
Jean-Claude Card. Hollerich SJArchbishop of LuxembourgPresident of COMECEAngelo Card. BagnascoArchbishop of GenoaPresident of CCEEA
Larry Duffy, Bishop of Clogher Knock Shrine Prayer –
You Will Be Prayed For in Knock Lord, in 1879 the Apparition in Knock gave comfort and hope to your people in a time of distress and worry. In the presence of Our Lady, St Joseph,
St John the Evangelist and the Lamb of God you showed us that we are neither alone nor abandoned in times of great need, personally and as a people.We ask you Lord, to walk with us again as we face the Coronavirus. Help our medical personnel to bring the virus to a swift end and bless them in their work. We ask healing and recovery to be given to all who are suffering from the virus and their families.May all of us, Lord, be strengthened by the spiritual support of the Christian community at this time through prayer, fasting and concern for one another. May we never abandon hope in the face of adversity and trust in your love for us.
Our Lady of Knock, pray for us.St Joseph, pray for us.
St John the Evangelist, pray for us
Father Brian Grogan SJ Give Us This Day –
texts for Morning and Evening Prayer Give Us This Day is published by Liturgical Press, Collegeville, MN, USA and it contains texts for a Morning and Evening Prayer, for Mass with daily reflections, commentary on Scriptures, as well as prayers, hymns and colour images. This translation of the Scriptures is that which is used by the Church in the US. Visit GUTD.net and select ‘Digital’ in the upper right hand corner of the screen. Then download the full PDF colour edition on the right hand side of the browser (Chrome is the preferred browser for use with this resource). You can also access this resource by downloading the
Give Us This Day app directly from the Apple and Google stores.
Prayers at Home When Gathering for Mass is Not Possible
This prayer booklet has been prepared by the Diocese of Clonfert and the Diocese of Elphin specifically for this time we find ourselves in. While you can pray this at any time, a good time to do so would be at the time Mass is normally celebrated in your local parish.Click here to download the resource.
Prayers from the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin
A Coronavirus Prayer
Loving and healing God,we, the people of Kildare & Leighlin turn to you in prayer,confident that you are with us and with all people in every moment.We stand before you as people of hope, trusting in your care and protection.May your faithful love support us and soothe the anxiety of our hearts.Generous God,fill us with compassion and concern for others, young and old,that we may look after one another in these challenging days.Bring healing to those who are sick with the virus and be with their families.May those who have died rest in your eternal embrace.Comfort their family and friends.Strengthen and protect all medical professionals caring for the sick and all who work in our medical facilities.Give wisdom to leaders in healthcare and governance that they may make the right decisions for the well-being of people.We pray in gratitude for all those in our country who will continue to work in the days ahead in so many fields of life for the sake of us all.
Bless them and keep them safe.
O God of creation and life,we place ourselves in your protection
.May the mantle of your peace enfold us this day and tomorrow.
St Brigid, pray for us.
St Conleth, pray for us.
St Lazerian, pray for us.
May all the saints of God, pray for us. Amen.
A Prayer for Healthcare Workers during this time of the Coronavirus COVID-19
Loving God,we place into your care all our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers.Give them courage of heart and strength of mind and body.Keep them safe from harm.May they know our deep gratitude for all they are doing to heal and help those affected by the coronavirus. God of all consolation may they know your protection and peace.Bless them in these challenging days and bless their families.Amen.
A Prayer for our Priests as they exercise their ministry during this time of the Coronavirus COVID-19
Eternal God,Be with our priests this day as they seek to minister to your people.May you be a guiding and protective presence with them as they bring the consolation and hope of Your word and the grace and nourishment of Eucharist to those entrusted into their care.Grant them the strength of mind and body,keep them safe to do your will,And give them the courage and peace to face each day with trust and confidence in You.Into your hands O God, we commend them;fill them with your grace and healing.Amen.
Dublin Diocese –
Press the Pause Button In what is an anxious time for so many, it is good to take time to pray, pause and reflect on the opportunities that the current health crisis can provide. The Dublin Diocesan Liturgical Resource Centre has prepared a possible 8-step programme to follow or adapt to your own situation which in entitled Press the Pause ButtonDownload the resource here.
Déan gléas chun síochána díom id láimh, a ThiarnaSan áit a bhfuil fuath go gcuire me an grá..san áit a bhfuil ciontacht go gcuire me; pardún..san áit a bhfuil amhras go gcuire me creideamh..in áit na éadóchas; go gcuire me an dóchas;..in áit na dorchadas go gcuire me solas..san áit in a bhfuil brón go gcuire me lúcháirLord,
Make me an instrument of your peace,Where there is hatred, let me sow love;..where there is injury, pardon;..where there is doubt, faith;..where there is despair, hope;..where there is darkness, light;..where there is sadness, joy;
A Thiarna, deonaigh a spreagadh dhom.. sólas a thabhairt seachas sólas a fháil.. dul i dtuiscint ar dhaoine seachas go dtuigfí me féin..Grá a roinnt ar dhaoine seachas grá fháil uathu
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek..to be consoled as to console;..to be understood as to understand;..to be loved as to love.
Mar is le linn dúinn tabhairt a fhaighimid féin..is le linn dúinn pardún a thabhairt a mhaitear dúinn..is le linn dúinn bás a fháil a théimid i seilbh na beatha síoraí.
For it is in giving that we receive;..it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;..and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Paidir Naomh Micheál/Prayer to Saint Michael
A Naoimh-Mícheál Árdaingealcosain sinn i n-am an chatha,bí mar dhídean againn in aghaidh urchoírdeagus chealgaireachta an diabhail.Go mbagruighidh Dia air, athchuinghimíd go humhal.Agus dean-sa a cheannphuirt na sluaighte neamhdha an t-aidhbheirseoir céadna a theilgean síos síos go hifreann, tré chómhacht Dé, agus ina theannta sin na hainsoioraid eile atá ag imtheacht ar fuaid an domhain le fonn anamnacha a chuir i mbealach a gcaillte. Áméin.
Holy Michael the Archangel,defend us in the battle.Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil.Rebuke him, O God, we humbly beseech thee;and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the divine power,cast into hell satan and all the other evil spirits who wander through the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
A Reflection by Brother Richard Hendrick OFM Cap
Yes there is fear.Yes there is isolation.Yes there is panic buying.Yes there is sickness.Yes there is even death.But,They say that in Wuhan after so many years of noise You can hear the birds again.They say that after just a few weeks of quiet The sky is no longer thick with fumes But blue and grey and clear.They say that in the streets of Assisi People are singing to each other across the empty squares,keeping their windows open so that those who are alone may hear the sounds of family around them.They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland Is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound.Today a young woman I know is busy spreading fliers with her number through the neighbourhood. So that the elders may have someone to call on.Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples are preparing to welcome and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting All over the world people are looking at their neighbours in a new way All over the world people are waking up to a new reality To how big we really are.To how little control we really have.To what really matters.To Love.So we pray and we remember that Yes there is fear.But there does not have to be hate.Yes there is isolation.But there does not have to be loneliness.Yes there is panic buying.But there does not have to be meanness.Yes there is sickness.But there does not have to be disease of the soul Yes there is even death.But there can always be a rebirth of love.Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now.Today, breathe.Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic The birds are singing again The sky is clearing,Spring is coming,And we are always encompassed by Love.Open the windows of your sou lAnd though you may not be able to touch across the empty square,Sing.
Brother Richard Hendrick, 13 March 2020Prayer of
Saint John Henry Newman
Lord Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages curing every disease and illness. At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.
Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.
Heal us from our fears, which prevents nations from working together and neighbours from helping one another.
Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.
Lord Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.
Be with those who have died from the virus.
May they be at rest with you
In your eternal peace.
Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair.
May they know your peace.
Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace.
Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.
Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Lord Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare.
In place of our anxiety, give us your peace
Lord Jesus Christ, Heal us