Pope Francis’ prayer in the time of COVID-19
An English-language translation of the Pope’s prayer is below:
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, as you did at Cana of Galilee, so that joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform ourselves to the Father’s will and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger,
O glorious and blessed Virgin.
A Prayer for Hope
Dear God, I am full of wishes . Full of desires, full of expectations.
Some of them may be realised, many may not,
but in the midst of all my satisfactions and disappointments, I hope in you.
I know that you will never leave me alone and will fulfil your divine promises.
Even when it seems that things are not going my way,
I know they are going your way
And in the end your way is the best for me.
O lord Strengthen my hope, especially when my many wishes are not fulfilled.
Let me never forget that your name is Love.
Henri J.M. Nouwen (1932 – 1996)
Attached is a picture of the Cross used by the Pope last Easter in the Urbi et Orbi. It only leaves the Church of San Marcello on very special occasions. There is also a beautiful prayer to help us at this difficult time of COVID 19.
S Marcello Cross and Prayer Mar 20
Prayer to the Holy Spirit
Holy Spirit, powerful consoler, sacred bond of the Father and the Son,
Hope of the afflicted come into my heart and convert it to your kingdom of loving rule
Enkindle in my lukewarm soul the fire of your love so that I may be wholly subject to you.
Lead me by your grace that I may be always pleasing to you.
St Augustine of Hippo
Thoughts on Our Lady
In danger, in peril, in every hazardous issue,
think of Mary,
call upon Mary.
Keep her name on your lips, keep it in your heart.
And that you may secure her help as your advocate,
cease not to follow the example of her life.
Following in her footsteps you will not go astray;
Praying to her you will not fall into despair,
Thinking on her you will not err;
While she keeps hold of you, you will not fall.
With her as guide you will not grow weary;
with her as protectress, you will have no fear;
enjoying her favour, you will reach the goal. St. Bernard.
Two short prayers for you.
Sacred Heart of Jesus
Protect us and keep us always in your care.
Give us health in mind and body
To serve you in our work every day, we pray.
Send your Spirit to guide us,
The Eucharist to strengthen us,
Your Grace to help us
Give our lives in service everywhere.
Work in our lives with your Love
And bring us to the joy you promise.
My Jesus, You have said
Ask and you shall receive,
Seek and you shall find,
Knock and it shall be opened to you.
We ask for your assistance in our work everyday
We seek your guidance in decisions, we pray
May we always find the open door, the way
For us, within our work to
Share the happiness you promise.
Written by Margaret Rose Stelmach in 2021
“The hidden revelation of Lent is that the gate of God is everywhere; and that it swings most splendidly in every particle of the dust of our lives”.
Antiphon: O God, awaken our hearts!
Come, Life-giving Creator,
And rattle the door latch of our hearts.
Awaken us as you breathe upon a winter-wrapped earth,
Gently calling to life virgin Spring.
Awaken in these days of Lenten prayer and discipline
our desire for healing and wholeness.
Call us forth from numerous past defeats
and narrow patterns of being,
To make our ordinary lives extra-ordinarily alive,
through the passion of our love for all in the human family.
Show us during these Lenten days
how to take the daily things of life,
and by submerging them in the sacred,
to infuse them with a great love for you and for others.
Guide us to perform simple acts of love and prayer,
the real works of reform and renewal,
of this overture to the spring of the Spirit.
Loving gracious God, help us not to waste
these precious Lenten days of our soul’s spiritual springtime.
Antiphon: O God, awaken our hearts