Prayers and Reflections during this Time of Confinement
- Prayer to St. Michael
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen.
- Pope’s Litany prayed during ‘Urbi et Orbi’ Blessing on March 27, 2020 – Litany of Supplication – CLICK HERE (PDF Document)
- Can prayer save us from COVID-19? – Article by Father Stan Chu Ilo – There is a difference between fideism and finding strength through faith – CLICK HERE (PDF Document)
- Praying the Stations of the Cross during Pandemic of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) – CLICK HERE (PDF Document)
- Praying the Stations of the Cross for the Suffering, Ill and Disabled 2020 – CLICK HERE (PDF Document)
- The Story of Four Candles… and Hope! – YouTube Video – CLICK HERE
- Virtual Holy Week Labyrinth from St. Mother Theodore Guerin Parish – CLICK HERE
- Prayer for the Coronavirus Crisis
Lord Jesus, You traveled through towns and villages curing every disease and illness among the people. At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now in this health crisis so that we may know your healing love. Heal those who are sick: may they regain their health and strength. Heal us from our fear, which prevents us from helping one another. Heal us from our pride, which makes us certain of our health and life apart from you. Bless health care professionals with strength and compassion as they selflessly respond to our needs. We make this prayer in your strong and holy name, You, who with the Father and Spirit, Live and Reign for ever and ever. Amen.
- Prayer Against Coronavirus
Lord Jesus Christ, our Divine Physician, we ask you to guard and protect us from Coronavirus COVID-19 and from all serious illness. For all those who have died from it, have mercy; for those who are ill now, bring healing. For those searching for a remedy, enlighten them; for medical caregivers helping the sick, strengthen and shield them. For those working to contain the spread, grant them success; for those afraid, grant peace. May your precious blood be our defense and our salvation. By your grace, may you turn the evil of disease into moments of consolation and hope. May we always fear the contagion of sin more than any illness. We abandon ourselves to your infinite mercy. Amen.
Pedro de la Cruz
- A Prayer from the Southwest Interfaith Team – Praying together as one!
Loving and gracious God of all creation, we ask your help and guidance during this time of world crisis. Help us to trust in you and not lose hope in your goodness and love. Work in and through each of us, that we may be messengers of your love by being patient, kind, and compassionate to all with whom we come in contact. Please give courage and strength to all doctors, nurses, first responders, and caregivers, and keep them safe. We pray for all who have died and their families, all who are sick, and all who are lonely and abandoned. May some good come from this crisis, that more people will realize that we are all brothers and sisters and that we are all connected. We pray that people will be responsible and will do their part in bringing the pandemic to an end. We pray, loving God, that the crisis will begin to diminish and end. Amen.
- A Prayer for Global Solidarity
O Creator, Our world is large, and yet the global community is so fragile. We glimpse the needs of our sisters and brothers, and those needs are great. We want to turn away, but You call us back. We want simple solutions, but You want us to help solve the complex problems. Through your Church, You call us to listen, to learn, to reflect and to act. Give us a deep sense of our place in this web of Creation. Give us the wisdom of mind and generosity of heart to seek your will in the world today. Inspire us to respond to the call to live in solidarity with impoverished countries of the world, so that all children of God might live in dignity and peace. Amen.
Written by Education for Justice staff. Copyright © Reprinted with permission. For additional resources at Education for Justice, go to www.educationforjustice.org.
- A powerful reflection for the National Day of Prayer, March 15, 2020 – Lockdown
Yes there is fear. Yes there is isolation. Yes there is panic buying. Yes there is sickness. Yes there is even death. But, they say that in Wuhan, after so many years of noise, you can hear the birds again. They say that after just a few weeks of quiet, the sky is no longer thick with fumes but blue and grey and clear. They say that in the streets of Assisi, people are singing to each other across the empty squares, keeping their windows open so that those who are alone may hear the sounds of family around them. They say that a hotel in the West of Ireland is offering free meals and delivery to the housebound. Today a young woman I know is busy spreading fliers with her number through the neighborhood so that the elders may have someone to call on. Today Churches, Synagogues, Mosques and Temples are preparing to welcome and shelter the homeless, the sick, the weary. All over the world people are slowing down and reflecting. All over the world people are looking at their neighbors in a new way. All over the world people are waking up to a new reality, to how big we really are, to how little control we really have, to what really matters, to Love. So we pray and we remember that Yes there is fear, but there does not have to be hate. Yes there is isolation, but there does not have to be loneliness. Yes there is panic buying, but there does not have to be meanness. Yes there is sickness, but there does not have to be disease of the soul. Yes there is even death, but there can always be a rebirth of love. Wake to the choices you make as to how to live now. Today, breathe. Listen, behind the factory noises of your panic, the birds are singing again, the sky is clearing, Spring is coming, and we are always encompassed by Love. Open the windows of your soul and though you may not be able to touch across the empty square, Sing.
Fr. Richard Hendrick, OFM
- A Prayer Amid an Epidemic By Kerry Weber
Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and illness.” At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love. Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care. Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another. Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders. Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow. Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace. Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace. Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace. Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth. Whether we are home or abroad,surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety,give us your peace. Jesus Christ, heal us.
Kerry Weber is an executive editor of America – www.americamagazine.org
- Prayer for Children
Dear God, You created the world – and have loved and cared for us ever since. Please watch over our world now. Please help all the doctors, nurses, and scientists working for healing. Please help our leaders to make good choices. Please keep our teachers and our friends safe until we can be together with them again. And please wrap Your loving arms around us all and remind us how You are always our good and kind Father. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
- Prayer for a Caregiver
May the wellspring of compassion be opened in you. May soothing words find a home in you. May tenderness bless you as you reach out to comfort in body, mind and spirit. In the midst of fear or frustration, may courage be given you. May patience keep vigil with you and peace of mind calm you. May your heart find a song to sing even when you are weary. May abundant love lift you and gratitude bless you as you live the mission of care entrusted to you.
- Lamentation for a Time of Crisis by Richard Rohr
Intelligently responding to the Coronavirus demands that we access resources of physical, emotional and spiritual resilience. One practice Christianity has developed to nurture resilience is lamentation. Prayers of lamentation arise in us when we sit and speak out to God and one another—stunned, sad, and silenced by the tragedy and absurdity of human events… Without this we do not suffer the necessary pain of this world, the necessary sadness of being human.
Walter Brueggemann, my favorite Scripture teacher, points out that even though about one third of the Psalms are psalms of “lament,” these have been the least used by Catholic and Protestant liturgies. We think they make us appear weak, helpless, and vulnerable, or show a lack of faith. So we quickly resort to praise and thanksgiving. We forget that Jesus called weeping a “blessed” state (Matthew 5:5) and that only one book of the Bible is named after an emotion: Jeremiah’s book of “Lamentation.”
In today’s practice, Reverend Aaron Graham reflects on the elements found in prayers of lament. I hope that you will find in his words and in the text of Psalm 22 a way to voice your own complaints, requests, and trust in God, who is always waiting to hear.
We need to be reminded that our cries are not too much for God. [God] laments with us. In fact, [God] wants us to come to the [Divine Presence] in our anger, in our fear, in our loneliness, in our hurt, and in our confusion. Each lamenting Psalm has a structure;
1.- They begin with a complaint… that things are not as they should be.
2.- They turn to a request. God, do something! Rescue me! Heal me! Restore me! Show mercy!
3.- Laments end with an expression of trust. Laments end with the reminder that God is setting things right, even though it often seems so slow. It is right for our laments to turn towards a reminder that God is in control and about the business of righting all things made wrong. [Aaron Graham, “Lament,” An American Lent Devotional, eds. Jacalyn Barnes, Amy Leonard, Robert]
Consider praying these words found in Psalm 22, or choose another passage of lament. Before you pray, ask God to speak to you…
My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest. Yet you are holy, enthroned on the praises of Israel. In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame (Psalm 22:1-5).
- Heartfelt and Emotional Video – Heartfelt, emotional video of Pope Francis’ prayer for all affected by the corona virus (along with links on the page to other prayers) – CLICK HERE
- Praying the Rosary Online – CLICK HERE
- Light A Candle Online – To light a candle and share your prayer intention so others can pray with you – CLICK HERE
- Information on Praying the Liturgy of the Hours – Paul urged the earliest Christians to “pray constantly” (1 Thessalonians 5:17). Over the centuries, the Church developed a way to help people to pray at regular intervals throughout the day. This traditional practice is known as the Liturgy of the Hours, or Divine Office – For Adults – CLICK HERE / For Children – CLICK HERE / An App for your Phone or Tablet to help you Pray – CLICK HERE
A Letter from the Archdiocese – Livestreamed Masses
During this difficult time, it is particularly important that the faithful have access to the grace and comfort of Holy Mass. While we observe restrictions on our in-person attendance at liturgies, I invite you to watch and participate in the celebration of Sunday, Saturday evening, and Daily Masses using the internet.
Beginning Saturday, March 21, the Archdiocese of Chicago will broadcast weekend Masses from Holy Name Cathedral in English, Spanish and Polish. These Masses will be available on our YouTube channel beginning at 4 pm Saturday, March 21 and will continue until in-person attendance at liturgies is reinstated.
Additionally, daily Mass will be celebrated and broadcast from St. James Chapel on weekdays. These Masses will be available on our YouTube channel beginning at 10 am Tuesday, March 17.
The recordings of all Masses will remain on our YouTube channel.
Our website, www.archchicago.org/coronavirus, provides resources to enrich your personal prayer life and deepen our solidarity with one another as we experience the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. We will add to these and share them with you as they become available.
Let us continue to pray for all affected by the current pandemic and, together, seek Our Lady’s intercession for our protection and the wellbeing of the most vulnerable among us.
Bishop Ron Hicks
- Prayer Resources from Catholic Relief Services – CLICK HERE
- Magnificat Online Access – Free During This Time Of Crisis – During this difficult time, many of the faithful may be unable to attend Mass. To help them sanctify their day and to keep walking in the liturgical rhythm of the Church, we are honored to make our online version of Magnificat temporarily available to everyone for free. Please help us spread this message with as many people as you can – ENGLISH LINK – SPANISH LINK
- A lesson on the Corona virus for your family and to access other faith lessons for Lent on that same Loyola Press site for Catechists – CLICK HERE
- Sunday Connection – Grades 1-3, 4-6, 7-8 and Family Access – CLICK HERE
- Lesson to help your children cope with anxiety with all that’s happening due to the corona virus (and other faith resources for your family on the same site) – CLICK HERE
- Liturgical Calendar, St. Patrick Day, Popular Videos, Catholic News, Classroom Activities, Favorite Blogs, Top 10 Articles – CLICK HERE
- Free resources to help your family live a quarantined Lent – CLICK HERE
- Coronavirus Resources from the Archdiocese of Chicago Website – CLICK HERE
- Download the “Laudate” App from your preferred App Store for your phone or tablet to guide you in prayer and faith formation now during this crisis and every day.
Resources to access Daily and Weekend Masses and other Faith Videos
- An Article for You… Does TV Mass count? – CLICK HERE
- Archdiocesan YouTube Channel – CLICK HERE
- Relevant Radio – To view and participate in daily and weekend Mass, for Fr. Rocky’s short and sweet daily lesson on a part of our Mass, faith inspiration through articles and live radio discussions – CLICK HERE
- Oregon Catholic Press gives you resources from home for viewing and participating in Daily Televised Masses, Prayer Resources, Daily Scripture, Music and Inspiration, and a Liturgy Podcast – CLICK HERE
- Celebrate the Catholic Mass live from the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame’s campus in South Bend, Indiana… Watch: Sundays at 10 am – CLICK HERE
- CatholicTV.org – To view daily and weekend Mass, for faith shows, and faith resources – CLICK HERE
- Mass from Old St. Patrick’s Church in Chicago – Sunday at 5 PM – CLICK HERE
- USCCB – Daily Mass Readings (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) daily and Sunday Mass readings, psalm, and Holy Gospel – CLICK HERE – Audios of Daily Readings – CLICK HERE – Daily Reflections Videos – CLICK HERE
- En Español – USCCB – Lecturas Diarias de las Misas (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops) daily and Sunday Mass readings, psalm, and Holy Gospel – CLICK HERE
- The Daily Mass – An Act of Spiritual Communion – CLICK HERE
- When you cannot receive the Eucharist sacramentally, you can make an Act of Spiritual Communion – My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you have already come and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen. – St. Alphonsus Liguori – CLICK HERE
- Act of Contrition – Oh my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because of thy just punishment, but most of all, because they offend thee, My God, who art all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin. Amen.
- An Act of Perfect Contrition disposes our Soul for Spiritual Communion and can be used when you cannot physically go to Confession. To make an Act of Perfect Contrition, pray the Act of Contrition (above) with all sincerity and then resolve to go to Confession as soon as possible.
Music during this Time of Confinement