God of mercy and compassion,
We are grateful that you never let us walk alone.
However, this pandemic exposes our weaknesses and limitations.
We confess that our relationships are breaking down,
That our humanity is vanishing in the face of anxiety,
That our egotism is erasing and replacing love and concern. Let us be reminded of our humanity amidst suffering.
Let us be charitable and mindful, rather than greedy, in this hardship.
Restore the physical and mental wellbeing of us all,
Enable us to fight the twin viruses of COVID-19 and hate.
May the Holy Spirit guide our governments that they may serve in obedience, truth and love for the common good.
Despite the fearful pandemic, strengthen us to pursue the truth,
Bless the work that is to be done in the best interests of society.
Give your foresight and knowledge to those who are working to develop vaccines. Let their motivations be to preserve life, and not their own narrow self-interest.
Let your love unfold upon all doctors, nurses, medical personnel, volunteers, and everyone who has dedicated their efforts in service of others.
In your protection, let them be healthy and full of kindness.
Remind them that their service and sacrifice for humanity is not in vain.
Encourage those infected and recovering, those under observation, those in quarantine and isolation, so that they pull through in this period of trials and tribulations.
May we trust in your will, in your perfect timing, in your righteousness.
We pray, in the power of the Holy Spirit, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
I will bless the Lord at all times,
Praise of him is always in my mouth.
In the Lord my soul shall make its boast.
The humble shall hear and be glad.
Glorify the Lord with me.
Together let us praise his name.
I sought the Lord and he answered me;
From all my terrors he set me free.
Look towards him and be radiant;
Let your faces not be abashed.
this lowly one called; the Lord heard,
and rescued him from all his distress.
The angel of the Lord is encamped
around those who fear him, to rescue them.
Taste and see that the Lord is good.
They are happy who seek refuge in him.