During the COVID-19 public health crisis, there is a collective yearning for comfort and peace in this time of great uncertainty. This compilation of prayers and poetry is meant to bring some small bit of tranquility during these difficult times.
Prayer for peace and solidarity in a time of pandemic
We look to you during this time of illness, uncertainty, and physical distancing from others.
Be with us as we place our anxieties and fears in your hands.
Free us from the illusion of invincibility, so that we might remember our actions affect others,
especially the most vulnerable.
Free us from the fear of scarcity, which leads to competition and hoarding.
Free us from painful anxiety, so that it can be transformed into caring actions for ourselves and others.
Jesus, our brother,
As your ministry of healing brought physical wellness and connection and restored community,
help us remember that we are not alone.
As you mourned the death of your friend Lazarus, be with those who grieve the loss of loved ones.
May they feel your presence and peace.
As you experienced death, be with those who have died from the coronavirus.
May they be in your eternal embrace.
As you challenged your disciples to act for the common good, be with national and local leaders who
have the power to ensure that the “least of these” have their basic needs met. Inspire them to have
a global vision of solidarity, a consciousness and priority to provide healthcare to all.
Spirit of God, breath of life,
Thank you for the countless nurses, custodial staff, doctors, receptionists, therapists, healthcare
providers, and all others who are working to care for those who are sick and suffering. As they live
their vocations, may they be sustained by your Spirit.
Open our eyes to see the devastating implications of economic and racial injustice during this crisis. Be
with vulnerable populations who are unable to have “social distance” from others, thereby increasing
their likelihood of contagion.1
Inspire our actions for equitable access to testing, treatment, and financial support for all affected by
We pray together as Pax Christi USA that, during this Lenten season and current pandemic, we can turn
away from fear and be faithful to our sacred and civic responsibility for others. AMEN.
This prayer was written by Michelle Sherman, Pax Christi USA National Council member.