March 21-22, 2020

Mar 16, 2020

During these days, we are doing all that we can to contain the spread of the Corona virus. For us, that means “fasting” from gathering and celebrating the Eucharist together. But we still can, and must, pray. We pray in solidarity with one another and with all God’s suffering people. Perhaps these limitations will make our hearts grow fonder for the joy of praying together and celebrating Eucharist together.

Jesus, during Your ministry on Earth You showed Your power and caring by healing people of all ages and stations of life from physical, mental, and spiritual ailments. Be present now to people who need Your loving touch because of COVID-19. May they feel Your power of healing through the care of doctors and nurses.

Take away the fear, anxiety, and feelings of isolation from people receiving treatment or under quarantine. Give them a sense of purpose in pursuing health and protecting others from exposure in pursuing health and protecting others from exposure to the disease. Protect their families and friends and bring peace to all who love them.

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 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. Under thy protection we seek refuge, O Holy Mother of God. In our needs, despise not our petitions, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

Adapted from the prayer of Pope Francis

Fr. Jeff