Covid-19 Prayers

Some Suggested Prayers, and a Reading

in response to the current pandemic (March 2020)

Ed. From C of E sources by the Rector.

Please add your own personal ‘Amen’s.

God of love and hope, you made the world and care for all creation, but the world feels strange right now. The news is full of stories about Coronavirus. Some people are worried that they might get ill. Others are anxious for their family and friends. Be with them and help them to find peace. We pray for the medical professionals and care workers, and for researchers and those who are working to discover the right medicines to help those who are ill. Thank you that even in these anxious times, you are with us. Help us to put our trust in you and keep us safe.

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples, ‘I am with you always’. Be with me today, as I offer myself to you. Hear my prayers for others and for myself and keep me in your care.

Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Lord Jesus Christ, you taught us to love our neighbour, and to care for those in need as if we were caring for you. In this time of anxiety, give us strength to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick, and to assure the isolated of our love, and your love, for your name’s sake.

God of compassion be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation. In their loneliness, be their consolation; in their anxiety, be their hope; in their darkness, be their light; through him who suffered alone on the cross, but reigns with you in glory, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Merciful God, we entrust to your tender care those who are ill or in pain, knowing that whenever danger threatens your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe. Comfort and heal them, and restore them to health and strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Gracious God, give skill, sympathy and resilience to all who are caring for the sick, and your wisdom to those searching for a cure. Strengthen them with your Spirit, that through their work many will be restored to health; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,

Christ behind me, Christ before me,

Christ beside me, Christ to win me,

Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,

Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,

Christ in hearts of all that love me,

Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.                                                                  (From ‘St Patrick’s Breastplate’)

 

I am giving you worship with all my life,

I am giving you obedience with all my power,

I am giving you praise with all my strength,

I am giving you honour with all my speech.

I am giving you love with all my heart,

I am giving you affection with all my sense,

I am giving you my being with all my mind,

I am giving you my soul, O most high and holy God.

Praise to the Father, Praise to the Son, Praise to the Spirit, The Three in One.

                                                                                                         (Adapted from Alexander Carmichael, ‘Carmina Gadelica’)

 

O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal that we lose not our hold on things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Be with us, Lord, in all our prayers, and direct our way toward the celebration of salvation, that among the changes and chances of this mortal life, we may always be defended by your gracious help, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

                                                                                                                             (From ‘Common Worship’ liturgy)

 

O gracious and holy Father, give us wisdom to perceive you, diligence to seek you, patience to wait for you, eyes to behold you, a heart to meditate upon you, and a life to proclaim you, through the power of the spirit of Jesus Christ our Lord.                                  (St Benedict)

 

Before going to sleep:

Before the ending of the day,

Creator of the world, we pray

That you, with steadfast love, would keep

Your watch around us while we sleep.

Tonight, we pray especially for (individual name/s), and the people of (country or place which is affected by epidemic and related issues). Please give skill and wisdom to all who are caring for them.

 

God our Father, by whose mercy the world turns safely into darkness and returns again to light: we place in your hands our unfinished tasks, our unsolved problems, and our unfulfilled hopes, knowing that only what you bless will prosper. To your love and protection, we commit each other and all those we love, knowing that you alone are our sure defender, through Jesus Christ our Lord.

                                                                                                                             (Church of South India)

 

Support us, O Lord, all the day long of this troublous life, until the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes; the busy world is hushed, the fever of life is over and our work done. Then, Lord, in your mercy grant us safe lodging, a holy rest, and peace at the last; through Christ our Lord.

                                                                                                                 (John Henry Newman - ‘Prayer of the Blest’)

 

Lighten our darkness, we beseech thee, O Lord,

and by thy great mercy, defend us from all perils and dangers of this night,

for the love of thy only Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

                                                                                                                                (Evensong - Prayer Book liturgy)