LET US PRAY
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
We, the people of the St. Joan of Arc community, turn to You in prayer, confident that You are with us and with all people in every moment.
We stand before You as people of hope and joy, trusting in Your care and protection. May Your faithful love support us and soothe the anxiety of our hearts.
Our hope springs from the knowledge that just as this virus is spreading throughout the world, so too is prayer and goodness spreading because the power of prayer to You is infinite. Our union in prayer with Your Son, Jesus Christ, is our act of faith in You and Your goodness. We know you will send a flood of grace and consolation for those who suffer.
God of Peace,
We are frightened and we are sorrowful. Please calm us. Send us Your peace and overwhelming presence.
Grant us peace in our households, where we are sheltering in place, some of us working remotely, others without work, many looking for ways to spend our time.
Comfort the lonely, who may be isolated, living alone during this time.
God Who has a plan for each of us,
Help us to LEARN what You want us to learn during this time.
Help us to DO what You want us to do during this time.
Help us to CHANGE what You want us to change during this time.
Help us to GROW in the ways You want us to grow during this time.
Teach us, Abba, to use this time wisely for Your purpose.
God Who gave us the Eucharist,
This time without Mass and the celebration of the Eucharist has made us hunger for You, Jesus.
Help us to experience the gift of Spiritual Communion. And teach us to cherish the amazing gift that being able to celebrate Mass and receive Your Eucharist every Sunday and any weekday has been for us. We pray that these privileges will return to us very soon and that we will receive You with renewed joy and appreciation.
Fill us with compassion and concern for others, young and old, that we may look after one another in these challenging days. Give us eyes to see how we can love and serve Your children well. Help us to be creative in finding ways to unite with others, even as we shelter in place.
May those who have died rest in Your eternal embrace. Comfort their family and friends. Bless the workers who carry out essential services to respect the dead and prepare their bodies for their final earthly resting place.
Touch the hearts of our leaders, especially those in healthcare and government. Give them wisdom, that they may make the right decisions for the well-being of people. Reveal Yourself to them and instill in them a sense of love, mercy, fairness, generosity, reason, caution and good judgment. Help them to trust in You.
Teach Your people patience and understanding towards those who sometimes have to make difficult choices on behalf of others, the consequences of which are not always clear.
We pray in gratitude for all those in our country who will continue to work in the days ahead in so many fields of life for the sake of us all.
Bless them and keep them safe.
Have mercy on us and on the whole world. We come to you today with our fears and concerns — You know our hearts. We love You, we trust You, we need You. We ask You to be with us. Stay with us. Help us through these times of uncertainty and sorrow.
Give us the grace to forgive others as you forgive us, swiftly, completely and with love. Make us better people, more and more like You each day, during this time.
We know you are the Divine Physician, the healer of all. And so we ask that You bring Your loving and healing presence to all those who are sick and suffering right now. Please comfort them.
You chose to enter this world as a vulnerable baby. Please be with the most vulnerable now among us. Help us to continue to return to You with our whole hearts throughout this ordeal.
You once traveled through towns and villages healing every disease and sorrow. At the sound of Your voice, the afflicted were set free. By the power of Your Most Holy Name, grant us healing and protection from all sickness of body and soul. By the merits of Your precious blood deliver and defend us from every evil.
Place Your Holy Spirit at the side of all medical professionals who are putting themselves at risk while they work to bring healing to others. Bless them with the courage to do what they need to do to care for Your children. Strengthen and protect them and all who work in our medical facilities.
Grant them knowledge, patience, tact and compassion to enable them to provide the best care possible. Inspire them to find soothing words and comforting gestures and provide support and friendship.
Prompt patients to understand the often difficult life of doctors and nurses and encourage them to minimize their requirements and whims in order to make the lives of their medical staff a little easier and to avoid unnecessarily increasing their burden. Also, inspire patients to express their admiration and gratitude for work that the medical profession carries out every day.
God of the meek, the humble, the outcast
So many people around the world are suffering as their means of support are taken away. Some have been homeless before this virus and many more are becoming homeless. Some have been living in care facilities and can no longer receive visitors; care may be lessened due to workers there being ill, themselves. Some have been trafficked and depend on captors whose means and willingness to feed and shelter them may be disappearing. And some are becoming victims of crimes due to these times.
We ask for Your special comfort and care for these special souls: the homeless, the trafficked, the lonely, the downtrodden, the vulnerable, the victimized, the exploited. Let them feel Your strong and loving arms around them. Give them peace and guide them to find a way to care for themselves.
Guide us, too, God. Show us the way to do our part to care for these special souls. Enable us to care for each other in ways that limit the spread of this virus. Teach us, God, to love each other the way You care for us. And please give all of us the self-control to avoid exploiting this situation and other people for our own benefit.
God, Who commissioned us to be Your Church on earth,
We ask You, during these difficult days, to be more aware of our individual and collective fragility and to inspire us, Your Church, to welcome all in its loving embrace. You Who, even in the middle of thunderstorms, watch over Your Church, lead our mission and give it Your breath, bless us for eternity.
Bless Your priests, pastors, deacons and lay Church leaders: with Your company to fight the loneliness of being isolated from their communities; with courage to overcome their fears; with confidence in their vocations and the importance of their prayers and works; with assurance of Your love and the love of their flocks.
Make us new, God, in Your image. Bring us a New Pentecost that will embolden us to bring more and more souls to You. Help us to love Your children as You do, seeing all the potential You have bestowed on each and every one of us.
God of creation and life,
We place ourselves in your protection. Keep our children safe. Guide us to give our children and grandchildren virtuous examples of how faithful people deal with extraordinary times like these. Breathe new life into our families, our communities and our world … new life that honors and obeys You, our Creator.
May the mantle of Your peace enfold us this day and tomorrow.
At this time, we lift up our special intentions to You, Abba.
[Mention your special intentions to God, either in silent prayer or by voicing your intention in turn with others.]
==> Today, we pray with a special focus: for caregivers, those who care for the ill and those who risk exposure in their efforts to serve us and to keep our communities running.
We appeal to Special Intercessors on this day of our Novena,
Mother Mary, undoer of knots, please pray for the knot of this virus to be undone for the greater glory of God. Be a mother to us now, and always.
==> St. Edmund, you are a patron for victims of pandemics, pray for us!
St Joan of Arc, pray for us
St. Joseph, pray for us
All the saints of God, pray for us.
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Say the Lord’s Prayer, a Holy Mary, and a Glory Be OR say a decade of the Rosary.
Sit in contemplative silence as you listen to an inspirational song.
Journal the thoughts that come to you as you meditate. Weave these into your prayers throughout the coming day.