A book of prayers from the Vatican for the Church in Communion.
"This book is intended to be a little help offered to all, so as to know how to discern and experience God’s closeness and tenderness in pain, in suffering, in solitude and in fear. Of course, faith does not eliminate pain; ecclesial communion does not eliminate anguish. Rather, it does illuminate reality and reveal that it is pervaded by the love and hope based not on our abilities, but on the One Who is faithful and never abandons us."
USCCB COVID-19: A Prayer for Solidarity
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 decision-makers,
We pray for wisdom and guidance.
Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
Be with us, Lord.
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey
as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself,
and bore our sorrows to bring us through the Cross,
to the joy of the Resurrection.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us
from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
Pope Francis' Prayer, Urbi et Orbi Address
"Dear brothers and sisters,
from this place that tells of Peter’s rock-solid faith,
I would like this evening to entrust all of you
to the Lord, through the intercession of Mary,
Health of the People and Star of the stormy Sea.
From this colonnade that embraces Rome and the whole world,
may God’s blessing come down upon you as a consoling embrace.
Lord, may you bless the world,
give health to our bodies and comfort our hearts.
You ask us not to be afraid.
Yet our faith is weak and we are fearful.
But you, Lord, will not leave us at the mercy of the storm.
Tell us again “Do not be afraid” (Mt 28:5).
And we, together with Peter,
'cast all our anxieties onto you, for you care about us' (cf. 1 Pet 5:7).
Pope Francis' Prayer to St. Joseph
“Protect, O Holy Guardian, this our nation.
Enlighten those responsible
for the common good, so that they might know—like you do—
how to care for those entrusted to their responsibility.
Grant intelligence of knowledge
to those seeking adequate means
for the health and physical well-being
of their brothers and sisters.
Sustain those who are spending themselves for those in need,
even at the cost of their own safety: volunteers, nurses, doctors
who are on the front lines in curing the sick.
Bless, O St. Joseph, the Church:
beginning with her ministers,
make her the sign and instrument
of your light and your goodness.
Accompany, O St. Joseph, our families:
with your prayerful silence,
create harmony between parents
and their children,
in a special way with the youngest.
Preserve the elderly from loneliness:
grant that no one might be left in desperation
from abandonment and discouragement.
Comfort those who are the most frail,
encourage those who falter,
intercede for the poor.
With the Virgin Mother, beg the Lord to liberate the world
from every form of pandemic.