Prayers for the Times
The current pandemic has wide reaching affects, even apart from those who are sick. Sometimes it can be hard to know how to pray, so we have compiled a few prayers that may be helpful. These prayers are drawn from the 1979 Book of Common Prayer, with page numbers are listed after each prayer.
Are there any prayers or passages that have spoken to you powerfully during this time? Share them with everyone in the “People of Grace Episcopal Church” Facebook group using the hashtag #GracePrays!
A Prayer for Recovery from Sickness
O God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of sufferers: Mercifully accept our prayers, and grant to your servant (add a specific name or say, “…your servants who suffer from COVID-19”) the help of your power, that his sickness may be turned into health, and our sorrow into joy; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (458)
A Prayer for the Unemployed
Heavenly Father, we remember before you those who suffer want and anxiety from lack of work. Guide the people of this land so to use our public and private wealth that all may find suitable and fulfilling employment, and receive just payment for their labor; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (824)
A Prayer for the Poor and the Neglected
Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick, and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow into joy. Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (826)
A Prayer for People in Trouble or Bereavement
O merciful Father, who hast taught us in thy holy Word that thou dost not willingly afflict or grieve the children of men: Look with pity upon the sorrows of thy servants for whom our prayers are offered. Remember them, O Lord, in mercy, nourish their souls with patience, comfort them with a sense of thy goodness, lift up thy countenance upon them, and give them peace; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (831)