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.

We lift up all those in leadership during these difficult times.
Father, we ask that you will be their guide as they navigate
through this time of uncertainty. May they be discerning in the decisions that they make,
always working for the common good of all.

We pray especially for those in government,
that You will grant them wisdom, prudence, and foresight,
as they work to eradicate this scourge from their land.

We also pray for Church leaders, that they continue to be effective pastors to Your people.
Help them discover new and creative ways to reach out to Your children
and to be messengers of Your Gospel of peace, hope, and love.

Come and guide the minds of those working to discover a treatment to the COVID-19.
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 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.

We lift up to you those who have lost loved ones through this pandemic,
that you will give them comfort in their time of need,
and that you will grant eternal rest to those who have returned to you.

Mother Mary, we ask for your intercession in this great time of need.
Cover each of us with your 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.

Amen.

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