Cafod prayer resources

CAFOD prayer resources

Prayer for the end of the virus

SECAM, the Symposium of the Episcopal Conferences in Africa and Madagascar, has suggested the following prayer for all those affected by the coronavirus:

Almighty and merciful Father, who show your love to all your creation.

We come before you asking for a quick control of the Coronavirus currently ravaging our world.

Hear graciously the prayers we make for those affected by the virus in various parts of the world.

Grant healing to the sick, eternal life to the dead and consolation to the bereaved families.

We pray that an effective medicine to combat the sickness be speedily found.

We pray for the relevant governments and health authorities that they take appropriate steps for the good of the people.

Look upon us in your mercy and forgive us our failings. Amen.

 

Light in the darkest times

“A light that shines in the dark, a light that darkness could not overpower.”  John 1:5

Loving, ever-living and compassionate God, you understand the pain of loss, the heartache of bereavement,
May we hold in our hearts all those whose families or friends have died.

You are a light that shines in the darkest times,
Guide us and heal us in our sickness and sorrow.

You comfort us in times of fear,
May we comfort each other, even as we keep apart.

You console and lead us in times of doubt and confusion,
May we follow the light of your love and spread hope.

You move our hearts to acts of generosity,
May we be led to share what we have with those in need.

God of life, We thank you for the signs of your light in the midst of our darkness,
May we be signs of your compassion in the heart of your world.  Amen.   

Prayer: Linda Jones/CAFOD

 

Infinite power and love

Lord God, we entrust to you the families and communities affected by Coronavirus, wherever they may be.

We pray especially for health care workers, that you may guide and protect them.

We pray that your Spirit might inspire those researching new medicines and treatments.

And in the midst of this, keep us strong in faith, hope and love.

Grant us the courage and perseverance to be good neighbours.

May the words of your Son Jesus Christ in the Our Father, be our prayer as we entrust ourselves and all of us who are affected to your infinite power and love.  Amen.

 

Your loving care

Lord Jesus, when you walked with us on earth you spread your healing power.

We place in your loving care all who are affected by Coronavirus.

Keep us strong in faith, hope and love.

Bring relief to our sick, console our bereaved, protect those who care for us.

We lift our prayer to you Lord, and trust in your infinite mercy, as we wait for the daybreak. Amen.   

Adapted from an Ebola prayer by Caritas Guinea

 

You are the Resurrection and the Life

Christ Jesus,
You understand the pain of loss, the grief that seems to take the air from my lungs.
You are the Resurrection and the Life. All our hope is in you.

Lord Jesus,
may I find a way through the darkness to the light of your love.
You are the Resurrection and the Life. All our hope is in you.

Christ Jesus,
you wept at the death of your friend, Lazarus.
Now your compassion wipes the tears from our eyes.
May we find comfort in reaching out to others who feel lost and alone.
You are the Resurrection and the Life. All our hope is in you.   

Linda Jones/CAFOD