A Prayer for Those Who Mourn
Lord, we pray for those who mourn, for parents and children, friends and neighbors. Be gentle with them in their grief. Show them the depths of your love, a glimpse of the kingdom of heaven. Spare them the torment of guilt and despair. Be with them as they weep beside the empty tomb of our risen Savior, Jesus Christ our Lord.
A Prayer for the Sick
Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve your sick servants, and give your power of healing to those who minister to their needs, that those for whom our prayers are offered may be strengthened in their weakness and have confidence in your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.
A Prayer for the Suffering
Loving God, Your desire is for our wholeness and well being.
We hold in tenderness and prayer the collective suffering of our world at this time.
We grieve precious lives lost and vulnerable lives threatened.
We ache for ourselves and our neighbors, standing before an uncertain future.
We pray: may love, not fear, go viral.
Inspire our leaders to discern and choose wisely, aligned with the common good.
Help us to practice social distancing and reveal to us new and creative ways to come together in spirit and in solidarity.
Call us to profound trust in your faithful presence,
You, the God who does not abandon.
– Sister Christine Koelhoffer, IHM
A Prayer for Those Returning to Work
Lord, you know what it is like to be alone and be afraid. You know what it is like to be sent where you did not want to go. And so we pray for those who are soon returning to their workplaces. And we pray especially for those who are returning to places which now hold memories of sickness, of trauma, of pain. Walk ahead of them and walk beside them. And especially we ask, with your loving gaze, watch over them.
– Mags Trim