Coronavirus – A call to prayer
Dear God, at the beginning of another day, before I start fooling myself with activities and busyness I invite You to have Your say in these coming hours.
I commit to You the fragile conditions which prevail during this pandemic. Help me to trust You at this time of uncertainty.
Teach me to embrace a rhythm of life today that surrenders to You. Inspire me in times of doubt, so that today I will walk in the knowledge that I do not walk alone.
- Dear God, when I’m frustrated - teach me about patience. When I’m tired - help me to understand endurance. When I’m uncertain - remind me to turn to you.
- Almighty God, when I see others in need - open my eyes and ears that I may be guided by you to help in whatever way I can. At this particular time, I give you thanks for our medical professionals as they serve on the frontline. I pray for resilience, insight, and patience as they risk their own health for the sake of others. I commit to you the unseen researchers working quietly towards a vaccine – give them focus and breakthroughs in their work. Grant our government and policymakers wisdom as they seek a way forward. I pray for all those burdened with the responsibility of difficult decisions. Give us all patience in moments of discouragement and stir up within us your gift of hope.
- Lord God, I’m perplexed at this time, teach me to know your rest. Help me to offer myself to you this day, that I may know your peace. In darkness or in light, in trouble or in joy, help me to trust you.
Lord God, the coronavirus demands my full attention. Tonight I acknowledge that I do not stand against this threat alone. You stand with me, and in You, I rest secure. I offer you the joys and the sorrows revealed this day. I accept Your gift of peace this night in place of fear, and Your gift of hope in place of worry. In doing so I lay my head to rest.
Bishop David has called our churches to pray very specifically about the Coronavirus crisis – for those affected by the virus, medical personnel involved in treating and containing it, those bereaved as a result and for it to be contained and stopped quickly.
Let us pray…
Almighty and All–loving God,Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
we pray to you through Christ the Healer
for those who suffer from the Coronavirus Covid–19
in Ireland and across the world.
We pray too for all who reach out to those who mourn the loss
of each and every person who has died as a result of contracting the disease.
Give wisdom to policymakers,
skill to healthcare professionals and researchers,
comfort to everyone in distress
and a sense of calm to us all in these days of uncertainty and distress.
This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord
who showed compassion to the outcast,
acceptance to the rejected
and love to those to whom no love was shown.
With thanks to Archbishop Michael Jackson
Dublin & Glendalough