In our current reality of difficulty and unrest, may we have been taught how to love our neighbor better, how to show deep appreciation and care for our world, and how to take joy in the little things. While many states are gearing to reopen, I’d like to lift a prayer of protection for all of us. May we display wisdom in our interactions and may we continue to take the appropriate social distancing measures. Protection is possible. May we also be granted healing for the trauma we have faced, the sorrow we have endured, and the selfishness we have opted into. Healing is possible.
Enjoy this prayer found on the London Oratory:
PRAYER TO OUR LORD FOR THE GRACE OF HEALING AND PROTECTION
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 health and strength.
Heal us from our fear, which prevents neighbors from helping one another.
Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.
Good Lord, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.
May those who have died from the virus rest in peace and rise in glory.
Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair.
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 prudence and charity for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve.
Stay with us, Lord, and grant us your peace.