Prayers for Healing

In this time of pandemic caused by the Coronavirus (covid-19) we are gathering some prayer resources that might be used. Please suggest more that can be used.

Prayer for the Sick

Dear Jesus, Divine Physician and Healer of the sick, we turn to you in this time of illness. O dearest comforter of the troubled, alleviate our worry and sorrow with your gentle love, and grant us the grace and strength to accept this burden. Dear God, we place our worries in your hands. We place our sick under your care and humbly ask that you restore your servant to health again. Above all, grant us the grace to acknowledge your will and know that whatever you do, you do for the love of us. Amen.

Prayer Service – A Healing Presence by Sr. Barbara McMullen, Catholic Health Association of the United States

Prayers and Resources for Catholic Families During a Challenging Time from Sadlier

Prayer Service – Healing Presence by Brian P. Smith, M.S., M.A., M.Div Catholic Health Association of the United States

Responding in prayer in times of sickness Liturgy Office of the Bishops of England and Wales.

A Prayer from the Moderator of the Church of Scotland amid the coronavirus outbreak

USCCB President’s Reflection and Prayer During Coronavirus

Prayer Resources for use during the Coronavirus pandemic from the Irish Bishops

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Prayer from the Archdiocese of Denver

Pope Francis’s prayer to Mary during coronavirus pandemic

O Mary,
you always shine on 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, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

Prayer for a Pandemic By Cameron Bellm

May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
let us choose love.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.

Corrymeela Prayers for Community in a Time of Pandemic

Prayer for Solidarity from the USCCB

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 do not have adequate health insurance,
     We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.

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 decisionmakers,
     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.


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Making a Spiritual Communion

Visio Divina for a Pandemic: Rembrandt’s Storm at Sea

Rembrandt’s Storm on the Sea of Galilee

  1. What do you see?
  2. What feelings does the piece evoke in you?
  3. Read the Gospel passage: Mark 4: 35-41

On that day, when evening had come, he said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’ And leaving the crowd behind, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. Other boats were with him. A great gale arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke him up and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’ He woke up and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ Then the wind ceased, and there was a dead calm. He said to them, ‘Why are you afraid? Have you still no faith?’ And they were filled with great awe and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?’

4. In our present situation, with which characters do you most identify?

Detail from Rembrandt’s Storm on the Sea of Galilee

5. You are in the boat with Jesus. What do you want to say to him? What do you think he will say to you? What comfort do you get from realizing that you are in the boat with Jesus? [For more background and guiding questions see Soul Shepherding]

Detail from Rembrandt’s Storm on the Sea of Galilee

6. Contemplate the image while listening to Be Still by David Kauffman: .

7. Offer a prayer of thanksgiving for any insights you may have gleaned in this Visio Divina.

8. How will this visio divina help you in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic?

Update March 28, 2020:

Pope at Urbi et orbi

Pope Francis meditated on the calming of the storm from the Gospel of Mark during the prayer service over which he presided on the steps of St Peter’s Basilica on Friday evening. Here is the full text.

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