Prayer Resources

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Heavenly Father, we thank you for the gift of good health and peace that we have enjoyed for so many years. As we find ourselves in this time of crisis today, we ask for your divine intervention and mercy to be upon each of us.

Come and guide the minds of those working to discover a treatment to the COVID-19 virus. Grant them wisdom, knowledge, and clarity of mind, so that all peoples will be free from the threat of this ailment.

We also pray for the healthcare workers that are standing in the front line of this battle. Father, we thank you for their hearts of service, putting the needs of society before their own, generously responding to the cry of Your people. We ask that You will grant them strength and protection. As they give of themselves in selfless service, may You fill them with your Holy Spirit as they work to be Your healing hands and feet!

Father, we also surrender to You all those who have been afflicted with the virus. Grant them Your healing grace, merciful Father, so that they may recover swiftly and continue to be witnesses of Your love in their lives.

Mother Mary, we ask for your intercession in this great time of need. Cover each of us with your blue mantle of protection, so that we may be preserved in good health to continue to glorify your son, Jesus Christ. We make this prayer through Christ, our Saviour and Redeemer.





God is Close: A Reminder in the Midst of Global Pandemic

As our lives seem distant and disjointed, we remember that God is always close and in this divine closeness we are one no matter where we sit.

A reading from the first book of Kings.

"And the word of the LORD came to [Elijah]: 'What are you doing here, Elijah?' He replied, 'I have been very zealous for the LORD God Almighty. The Israelites have rejected your covenant, torn down your altars, and put your prophets to death with the sword. I am the only one left, and now they are trying to kill me too.' The LORD said, 'Go out and stand on the mountain in the presence of the LORD, for the LORD is about to pass by.'

Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the LORD, but the LORD was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the LORD was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave. Then a voice said to him, 'What are you doing here, Elijah?'" (1 Kings 19, NIV).

We are living through a period of deep disruption, chaos and anxiety. The things and people we hold most dear have been separated from us and the normal order of life has been utterly upended. The prophet Elijah was in a similar place. Rejected by his people, chased by his government, he was the last prophet in the land of Israel. Lonely and afraid, disconnected and heartbroken, Elijah waits for God.

God does not arrive in wind. God does not arrive in an earthquake. God does not arrive in a fire. The creator of all that is and was and is to come, is present in the gentle whisper.

God is in the gentle whisper. Though the wind rages, the earth shakes and fire scorches all we see, God will be there, close enough to whisper peace to our weary hearts.

As we navigate this pandemic, may we remember the absolute tenderness and perpetual closeness of God. In all the chaos and fear, God is always close enough that we can hear the divine whisper in our hearts.

God of silence and stillness, we trust you are with us in this time of noise and chaos. We pray for an end to this pandemic. Whisper your words of comfort, encouragement and hope to all who need them in these days of fear. Draw close to those who are sick and all those who risk illness, caring for them, protecting and uplifting them. In Your name, we pray. Amen.


The Bible is full of prayers crying out to God for protection against plagues.

The Bible frequently mentions plagues, and each time those afflicted by them would cry out to God for protection. Prayer was the first response for many in the Bible, as they knew that God had the power to release them from suffering, if it was in his divine will.


Here are a few short prayers found in the Bible that can be prayed during plagues.
















Below are the prayers and intentions for

Our Mother of Perpetual Help Parish’s Daily Call to Prayer

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9 a.m. - Prayer for those infected with the virus and all who are ill

Lord, place your healing hand on those who suffer illness. Bring them to full health and ease their anxious hearts. May our prayer and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary encourage them that they are not alone. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN


12 p.m. - Prayer for health care workers and those attending to the sick

Lord, we are ennobled by those who put their lives at risk in caring for the sick. Keep them safe and embolden them when they are weary. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN


3 p.m. - Prayer for first responders and essential workers

Lord, we pray for those who run to danger to keep us safe and those who serve the common good. Embrace them with your mantle of protection and comfort the fears of their families. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN


6 p.m. - Prayer for people of every nation and their leaders

Lord, the pandemic opens our eyes to see each other as brothers and sisters in one human family. We pray for people of every nation and their leaders, asking that they be inspired to seek the good of all and quell the voices of division. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN


9 p.m. - Prayer for those who have died today

Lord, we grieve the passing of our sisters and brothers who have died this day. We commend them to your tender mercy, confident that nothing, not even death, will separate us from your love. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN


When this is over,
may we never again
take for granted
A handshake with a stranger
Full shelves at the store
Conversations with neighbors
A crowded theater
Friday night out
The taste of communion
A routine checkup
The school rush each morning
Coffee with a friend
The stadium roaring
Each deep breath
A boring Tuesday
Life itself.
When this ends
may we find
that we have become
more like the people
we wanted to be
we were called to be
we hoped to be
and may we stay
that way—better
for each other
because of the worst.


What if you thought of it
as Jews consider the Sabbath—
the most sacred of times?
Cease from travel.
Cease from buying and selling.
Give up, just for now, on trying to make the world different than it is.
Sing. Pray. Touch only those to whom you commit your life.
Center down.
And when your body has become still,
reach out with your heart.
Know that we are connected
in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
(You could hardly deny it now.)
Know that our lives
are in one another’s hands.
(Surely, that has come clear.)
Do not reach out your hands.
Reach out your heart.
Reach out your words.
Reach out all the tendrils
of compassion that move, invisibly,
where we cannot touch.
Promise this world your love
for better or for worse,
in sickness and in health,
so long as we all shall live.
—Rev. Lynn Ungar




Sacred Word, Sacred Image


Christ iconAn image of Christ, a candle, and some Scripture can provide a helpful space to pray.

In this time of Eucharistic fast, it is helpful to remember the ways that Christ is present to His Church. He is not only in the Eucharistic species, not only in the gathered assembly, not only in the person of the priest, but also in the sacred Word. Because Jesus is “the Word made flesh,” he is the Word made visible, and so He is the dynamic of God present in concrete, sacramental ways. In the Eastern tradition as well as the West, we have a history of sacred images making the Word of God visible. These sacred images help us remember the presence of God. In a time when so many of us do not have access to Christ in the Eucharist, we can take comfort in the encounter with Christ the Word, both in Sacred Scripture, but also in his sacred image.

Sacred images come in different kinds. Liturgical images serve to amplify the action of liturgy, to make visible the invisible elements of what is happening. Devotional images serve to help us deepen our personal prayer, either at church or in our own homes. Catechetical images serve to teach the stories and truths of the faith. Whether in the form of statues, icons, stained glass windows, or other media, the sacred image is meant to draw us closer to God in prayer.

While many of us are spending more time at home, physically apart from the worshiping community, it may be helpful to create a prayer space with sacred images, Scripture, and perhaps a candle. In the presence of these sacramentals, we are reminded that we are in the presence of Jesus. The face of Christ visible in a devotional image helps provide focus to prayer when our minds are racing elsewhere. Prayer with Scripture allows Christ the Word to enter our hearts, even if we cannot presently receive him under the sign of consecrated bread and wine, or gather as his People. Let us embrace this opportunity for the domestic church to flourish!

Litany of Supplication


We adore you, O Lord

True God and true man, truly present in this holy Sacrament.
     We adore you, O Lord
Our Savior, God with us, faithful and rich in mercy

     We adore you, O Lord
King and Lord of creation and of history

     We adore you, O Lord
Conqueror of sin and death

     We adore you, O Lord
Friend of humankind, the Risen One, the Living One who sits at the right hand of the Father.

     We adore you, O Lord

We believe in you, O Lord

Only begotten Son of the Father, descended from heaven for our salvation
     We believe in you, O Lord
Heavenly physician, who bows down over our misery

     We believe in you, O Lord
Lamb who was slain, who offer yourself to rescue us from evil

     We believe in you, O Lord
Good Shepherd, who give your life for the flock which you love

     We believe in you, O Lord
Living bread and medicine for immortality, who give us eternal life

     We believe in you, O Lord

Deliver us, O Lord

From the power of Satan and the seductions of the world
     Deliver us, O Lord
From the pride and presumption of being able to do anything without you

     Deliver us, O Lord
From the deceptions of fear and anxiety

     Deliver us, O Lord
From unbelief and desperation

     Deliver us, O Lord
From hardness of heart and the incapacity to love

     Deliver us, O Lord

Save us, O Lord

From every evil that afflicts humanity
     Save us, O Lord
From hunger, from famine and from egoism

     Save us, O Lord
From illnesses, epidemics and the fear of our brothers and sisters

     Save us, O Lord
From devastating madness, from ruthless interests and from violence

     Save us, O Lord
From being deceived, from false information and the manipulation of consciences

     Save us, O Lord

Comfort us, O Lord

Protect your Church which crosses the desert
     Comfort us, O Lord
Protect humanity terrified by fear and anguish

     Comfort us, O Lord
Protect the sick and the dying, oppressed by loneliness

     Comfort us, O Lord
Protect doctors and healthcare providers exhausted by the difficulties they are facing

     Comfort us, O Lord
Protect politicians and decision makers who bear the weight of having to make decisions

     Comfort us, O Lord

Grant us your Spirit, O Lord

In the hour of trial and from confusion
     Grant us your Spirit, O Lord
In temptation and in our fragility

     Grant us your Spirit, O Lord
In the battle against evil and sin

     Grant us your Spirit, O Lord
In the search for what is truly good and true joy

     Grant us your Spirit, O Lord
in the decision to remain in you and in your friendship

     Grant us your Spirit, O Lord

Open us to hope, O Lord

Should sin oppress us
     Open us to hope, O Lord
Should hatred close our hearts

     Open us to hope, O Lord
Should sorrow visit us

     Open us to hope, O Lord
Should indifference cause us anguish

     Open us to hope, O Lord
Should death overwhelm us

     Open us to hope, O Lord

A Litany for the Coronavirus


Out of the Depths We Cry Out to You in the Face of the Coronavirus

Creator God of the universe, God of a thousand names and faces, divine source of health and wholeness, whose compassion embraces the entire community of Earth: behold your fearful people all over the world as we confront the coronavirus. Out of the depths we cry to you, O God. Holy God, hear our voices. Let your ear be attentive to our cries (Psalm 130:1-2, adapted) as we pray for all who may be affected by the virus:

For all health caregivers – nurses, physicians, aides, EMTs, paramedics, technicians and therapists; out of the depths, O God–

We cry out to you. Protect them.

For hospital and nursing home medical staff, assistants, and housekeepers who have close contact with patients and for the patients themselves; out of the depths, O God–

We cry out to you. Protect them.

For all who travel for their daily work over land and sea and through the air—flight attendants, pilots, ship captains and sailors, bus drivers, passengers and long distance truck drivers; out of the depths, O God–

We cry out to you. Protect them.

For all who handle money—bankers, supermarket, village market and convenience store cashiers; out of the depths, O God–

We cry out to you. Protect them.

For all who pump gas and serve customers at Interstate rest areas; out of the depths, O God–

We cry out to you. Protect them.

For restaurant workers—bartenders, coffee shop baristas, cooks, servers, chefs, and dishwashers; out of the depths, O God–

We cry out to you. Protect them.

For hospitality workers–hotel and motel receptionists, servers and housekeepers; out of the depths, O God–

We cry out to you. Protect them.

For daycare center staff who cuddle and comfort children and for all children; out of the depths, O God–

We cry out to you. Protect them.

For teachers and professors, coaches and cafeteria workers at schools and universities across the world and students everywhere; out of the depths, O God–

We cry out to you. Protect them.

For the homeless huddling for warmth over steam grates and under urban bridges; out of the depths, O God–

We cry to you. Protect them.

For the poor, the lonely, the vulnerable, migrants, and the isolated elderly who have no protectors; out of the depths, O God–

We cry out to you. Protect them.

For clergy and people who eat the bread of life, drink from the common cup and pass the sign of peace; out of the depths–

We cry out to you. Protect them.

For all who have tested positive, all who are waiting for test results, and all who are quarantined; out of the depths—

We cry out to you. Protect them.

For all who have already died of the coronavirus, now free from pain and suffering. May the God of hope carry them all the way home, and comfort their families and friends; out of the depths—

We cry out to you. Protect them.

Loving God, hasten the day when the virus will have run its course; quicken scientists to develop medications and vaccines; call out the best instincts of your people—love, neighborliness, compassion, and a sense of caring for every member of your beloved community on Earth. We pray out of the depths to you, O God of hope, whom we call Jesus.


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Universal Prayers (Prayers of the Faithful) 

  • For those who are suffering in the current outbreak of sickness that they may be healed, and for the happy repose of all those who have died from sickness in the recent weeks; let us pray to the Lord…

  • For scientists, health professionals, public officials, and all who are serving the public good in this difficult and uncertain time, that they be filled with wisdom and understanding; let us pray to the Lord…

  • That in times of illness our merciful and loving Father will strengthen our faith and trust in his goodness and divine providence; let us pray to the Lord…

  • That our compassionate Father would touch all who are affected by the current outbreak with healing and peace; let us pray to the Lord…


A prayer for the sick especially those suffering from the coronavirus.

Loving God, you sent your son Jesus Christ to heal the sick.

We ask you to come to our aid in the midst of the coronavirus crisis

that we too may experience your healing love.

We ask you to heal those who are sick.

Calm those who are living in fear.

Be with those who have died and

comfort their families.

Inspire health professionals to aid them in their healing work.

Guide national leaders to lead and make decisions with wisdom.

Help us to always be aware of your

presence as we place our trust in you.

We ask this in Jesus name. Amen.

Prayer for an end to the coronavirus crisis

Loving God, we come before you in our time of need.

We lay before you our concerns and fears

over the spread of the coronavirus.

We know that you are mightier than all our fears and that

the name of Jesus is the name above all other names.

We ask, in the name of Jesus, that you

stop the spread of the coronavirus.

In your mercy, heal those who are sick

and lead those who have died into your heavenly kingdom.

We ask this in the mighty name of Jesus. Amen.

Acts of Spiritual Communion

It has long been a Catholic understanding that when circumstances prevent one from receiving Holy Communion, 
it is possible to make an Act of Spiritual Communion which is a source of grace. Spiritual
Communion means uniting one’s self in prayer with Christ’s sacrifice and worshipping him in his Body
and Blood.

The most common reason for making an Act of Spiritual Communion is when a person cannot attend
Mass. Acts of Spiritual Communion increase our desire to receive sacramental Communion and help us
avoid the sins that would make us unable to receive Holy Communion worthily.

A prayer for Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love you above all things and I desire to receive you in my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,
Come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already there
And unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you.


From a Bendictine Nun Circular Email...

"While it's good to stay informed and take precautions, we can't let fear and paranoia take over our thoughts and lives. Everything that happens should always point us toward the spiritual, toward eternity. So we leave you with a little advice from St. Ignatius, a little prayer strategy to discern what God may be whispering to each of us individually during this unusual Lent that the whole world is going through. Reflect: If God was indeed going to call you home soon, how would you spend your last days? What regrets would you have and what would you scurry to remedy, change, or heal? What would you have wanted to do better and how would you have wanted to love more? Virus or no virus, this is how we must approach everyday because one day will be our last here on earth. So let's not waste anymore opportunities waiting for the last minute and sincerely convert while we still have the time. Come to think of it, it's not such a strange Lent after all, is it 'Always be joyful; pray constantly; and for all things give thanks. This is the Will of God for you in Christ Jesus' (1 Thess 5:16-18)." Amen.