Prayers to use during the coronavirus outbreak
Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour, and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick, and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love, for your name’s sake. Amen
You will find below a few of the prayers from the collection that the Church of England has produced for Christians to use at this challenging time in our lives, when we are struggling to find the words to express how we feel.
By praying these prayers you can pray in solidarity with one another even when it is not possible to gather in church.
It is essential at tall times - but particularly in times of anxiety and fear - that we develop and strengthen our own habits of prayer.
Prayers about the outbreak
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
God of compassion,
For those who are ill
we entrust to your tender care those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens your everlasting arms
are there to hold them safe. Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For hospital staff and medical researchers
give skill, sympathy and resilience to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure. Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work
many will be restored to health; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
From one who is ill or isolated
help me to trust you,
help me to know that you are with me, help me to believe
that nothing can separate me from your love
revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation. In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope; in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross, but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.