O God of compassion, giver of life and health, we pray for your healing mercies upon all who are in any way affected by the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. Comfort and sustain those who have been stricken; relieve their pain, and restore to them your gifts of gladness and strength.
Give to the families and loved ones of those who have died without being allowed to see their parent, child, sibling, partner, loved one or friend, your grace and your mercy, that one day they might feel some sense of closure and knowledge that their loved one is now returned to the household of God’s eternal Love.
Grant to all in authority the courage to make wise decisions that are essential for the common good, and strengthen them to lead institutions that care for those whom they serve. We pray that they communicate clearly, truthfully, and calmly — with each other and with the public — and that their messages are received and heeded. May truth and empathy be the touchstones of people setting policies for our protection.
Watch over all first responders and those in the medical professions whose duty it is to care for the sick, and those who are developing better testing, effective and safe vaccines, and up to date protocols to follow. We especially pray for those on the frontline of Covid care and development: Lorrie, Carolyn, Antoinette, Theresa, Sandra, Caroline, …, guard them from all danger, and keep them safe in the knowledge that it is through their sacrifice and service that the health of the whole community is promoted.
Mercifully accept these our prayers, O God of all comfort, and our only help in time of need. Amen.