Development & Peace Prayer 2020

March 20, 2020

A Coronavirus Prayer

Jesus Christ, you traveled 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 strength through quality health care.

Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbours from helping one another.

Heal us from our pride which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders. Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.

Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace. Be with the families of those who are sick or who have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair.

Be with the nurses, doctors, researchers, health care professionals and community members who seek to heal and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and be your healing hands.

Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for, or prevent, future outbreaks.

Whether we are at home or abroad, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.