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A Quote to Remember
"Let us pray today for our brothers and sisters who are in prison. They suffer so much because of the uncertainty of what will happen inside the prison and thinking about their families, wondering how they are if someone is sick if they lack something."
by Pope Francis
A Prayer for Prisoners with Coronavirus
Lord, you are close to those who are most alone.
Be present to our brothers and sisters in prison
who suffer from the coronavirus.
In their dark hours, be a light of hope.
In their sad plight, stir us to compassion.
In their daily routine, stir the kindness of their guards.
In their physical struggles, pour out a healing balm.
Lead them and us, one day, home to you. Amen
by Father Louis Cameli Profiles in Catholicism
Prayer for Holocaust Survivors Who Have Died from Covid-19
Our Father, Avinu, we bow our heads and hearts in prayer.
Many of your People, the Jewish People,
who by Your Grace survived the Holocaust in Europe,
have been infected by and died from coronavirus.
This saddens the hearts not only of Jews,
but people of all faiths,
especially Christians, who were the major perpetrators of the Shoah.
We Christians today, repenting for what Christians then did,
join with the Jewish People in praying today for the survivors
of the Nazi genocide.
We Christians join with the Jewish People is calling on people of all faiths to pray for these good people, stricken a second time, this time by a pandemic which is out of control and killing many innocent people of all faiths. Jews, Christians, Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, people of all faiths must come together in prayer in this country and around the world, for the survivors of genocide who are in danger and who have died. May they rest in your Peace, Oh Lord.
And may their memory be for a blessing.
by Dr. Eugene Fisher Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer for Seminarians with Covid-19
Good and gracious God,
We give you thanks for the abundance of hope you give us. We thank you for hope so strong, that it overcomes doubt, suspicion, fear. So many in the world are suffering from fear and trepidation in the face of Covid-19 which terrorizes the world. We ask especially Lord for you to watch over and protect priests who celebrate the sacraments for the people of God. We also ask for you to bless, protect, and teach seminarians. At this time, we pray for those seminarians who suffer from the Covid-19 virus. We also ask that you watch over and bless all who are ill at this time. May we see through the darkness Lord and realize that suffering and death were conquered by you on the Cross. Lord, we look to the Resurrection and are comforted by the great grace of eternal life with You.
by Ryan Brady Profiles in Catholicism
Prayer for a Pandemic that has affected the elderly
We put our lives O Lord in your loving hands. At the time of this pandemic to break may we who have no risk factors remember others suffering from illnesses. May we who have the luxury of time spend it in prayer for hospital workers and grocery workers who provide us with what we need. Help us to take care of our health through social distancing and washing our hands. May we who have the flexibility to care for others remember those who have no options. May we who have to cancel our trips remember those who 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 those of us who can 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 a loving embrace of God to our neighbors. Amen
by Eileen Quinn Knight, Ph.D. Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer for Those Who Have Died from the Coronavirus:
Part II: The Plight of Parting
Oh God, the Father,
Son and Holy Spirit,
Mary, Mother of the Lord
And all angels and saints:
You are the radiant welcome:
The abundantly beautiful company
Of all who have died – no more alone
Than particles in the plasma of the sun.
Let the grace of passing be as water running clear in your hands,
Our lives as colorful as stones in purest spring water,
Let the grace of passing be as light in the windows of the soul,
Our lives have lost their darkness dripping with brightness,
Let the grace of passing be as spring blossoms, brightly lit flowers,
Our lives as tulips brimming with your luminous presence!
Let your work of redemption not forget the forgotten
And cure the ills of the heart unaddressed in passing
Turning hopeless to hope and the anguished to peace.
Let your love fill the lives of the left and discover, a-new,
A prayer in the pain of loss and the grief of going
And grant relief to the burdened by cares and worry.
Father – Forgive us:
We could not visit because of isolation
We could not visit for fear of troubling others
We could not help who helped instead of us
We could not be there because of frailty
We could not be there because of the distance
We could not be there because of the cost
We could not be there because of the living
We could not be there because of the dying
We could not be there because …
Father: Have mercy on us!
Let this long Sunday resound with hope,
And leap like a flame from the fire:
Of Good Friday’s suffering;
Holy Saturday’s peaceful pause;
And Easter’s transfigured rising!
Let this Eastertide be turned into blessings!
Let this time of pain be pierced with Love!
But if any dead lie neglected and any left unloved
Let an angel visit in the moment of need
Healing, tenderly, the wounds still bleeding,
And embrace, with an unbelievable blessing,
The heartbroken and the life lived almost lost!
Oh, Blessed Trinity in One!
Oh, Holy Family!
Oh, Witnesses of Love!
Let us beg you
To wake with a welcome
All who have died
And help all who are left!
by Francis Etheredge Profiles in Catholicism
A Prayer in Response to the Mass Shootings in Canada
“From out of the blue.” That’s what we say, Lord when something disrupts our orderly thinking and punctures our shallow sense of control. From out of the blue comes a killer, a man who made dentures, a man who summered in a gentle coastal town in Nova Scotia, a town too tiny to have a website, a town with barely a footprint on Wikipedia. He shoots and kills and burns.
While experts debate the tipping point of Covid-19, rage ignites inside a man who had reached his own tipping point. Lord, we believe that you are the master of sin and death; yet we struggle to see how life is triumphant when death is everywhere. We stand on tiptoes, yearning for a glimpse of a love that burns more brightly than hate. Lord, help us to make things better. Help us to love the world into becoming a better reflection of the love that created it. Help us to hold close to our hearts the people in towns we never heard of Portapique, Wentworth, Debert, Enfield. We know that loving families there are bent over with grief.
Hold them close to your heart, Lord, for your heart never grows weary and never gives up.
May the dead rest in your peace and may we the living know that you are with us always, on all our twisted journeys, until we come at last into your glory. Amen.
by Father Joseph Chamblain, O.S.M. Profiles in Catholicism
Prayer in Distress
O Lord our God,
Your servant David lifted his voice to sing of your marvelous deeds.
But also to remind us of our sins of old.
So he sang to you:
Attend, my people, to my teaching;
listen to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth in a parable,
unfold the puzzling events of the past.
What we have heard and know;
things our ancestors have recounted to us.
We do not keep them from our children;
we recount them to the next generation,
The praiseworthy deeds of the LORD
and his strength, the wonders that he performed
He reminded us of how ungrateful his children had been.
How he punished them with plagues:
How often we rebelled against God in the wilderness,
grieved him in the wasteland.
Again and again, we tested God,
provoked the Holy One of Israel.
We did not remember his power,
the day he redeemed them from the foe
When he performed his signs in Egypt,
He let loose against them the heat of his anger,
wrath, fury, and distress,
a band of deadly messengers.
He cleared a path for his anger:
he did not spare them from death,
but delivered their animals to the plague.
Still, O Lord God, you did not abandon them.
You, the Lord God, led forth his people like sheep,
guided us like a flock through the wilderness.
You led us on secure and unafraid.
And he brought us to his holy mountain,
the hill his right hand had won.
You drove out the nations before us,
allotted them as their inherited portion,
and settled us in our tents as the tribes of Israel.
Today, O Lord God, hear us
As you heard the children of Israel of old.
Hear us and save us.
We your children make this prayer
In the name of Jesus your Son.
(See: Psalm 78)
by Father David O. Brown, O.S.M. Profiles in Catholicism
Canticle of the Sun
Most high, all-powerful, good Lord, to You, be praise, glory and honor and
To You alone, Most High, do they belong,
and there is no man worthy to name You.
Praise be to You, my Lord, with all Your creatures.
Chief of all is Sir Brother Sun,
who is our day; through whom You give light?
Beautiful is he, radiant, with great splendor.
He is a true revealer of You, Most High.
Praise be to You, my Lord, for Sister Moon and for the stars.
In heaven, You have formed them, bright, precious, and fair.
Praise be to You, my Lord, for Brother Wind, and for the air,
and for the cloud, for clear sky and for all weathers,
by which You give nourishment to all Your creatures.
Praise be to You, my Lord, for Sister Water. She is most useful and humble,
precious and pure.
Praise be to You, my Lord, for Brother Fire, by whom You light up the
night. Fair is he and merry, mighty, and strong.
Praise be to You, my Lord, for our Sister, Mother Earth, who sustains and
keeps us. She brings forth diverse fruits, the many-hued flowers, and grass.
Praise be to You, my Lord, for those who grant a pardon for love of You and
bear weakness and buffetings. Blessed are they who live in peace, for by
You, Most High, shall they be crowned.
Praise be to You, my Lord, for our Sister, Bodily Death, From whom no
living man can flee. Woe to them who die in mortal sin! But blessed they
who shall find themselves in Your most holy will; to them, the second death
shall do no ill.
O Creatures all! praise and bless my Lord, and gratefully serve Him with
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