Edmundite Prayers during the Pandemic
A “Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary” was published in 1992. I have modified and adapted some of the prayers of that collection as prayers which might be offered during the pandemic that currently afflicts us. ~ Rev.Richard Myhalyk, S.S.E.
“Lord, we ask for an end to this pandemic that prevents us from receiving Christ in the Eucharist. Allow us to celebrate again with deep faith the mysteries of our redemption. Amen.”
Lord our God, Savior of the human family, you brought salvation and joy to the home of Elizabeth through the visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the ark of the New Covenant. We ask that, in obedience to the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, the pandemic that afflicts us may end so that we too may bring Christ to others and proclaim your greatness by the praise of our lips and the holiness of our lives.
Lord our God, you sent your Son from heaven into the womb of the Blessed Virgin to be your saving Word and our Bread of Life. End the pandemic that prevents us from receiving Christ in the Eucharist by treasuring his words in our hearts and by receiving his precious Body and Blood. Allow us to celebrate again with deep faith the mysteries of our redemption. Protect the lives of the unborn and all mothers from harm.
The Presentation in the Temple
Lord, your broken and afflicted people turn to you as the pandemic weighs heavily upon us and prevents us from entering your sacred temple. Grant that the Church, the chaste Bride of Christ, may keep unbroken the New Covenant of love and, like your humble handmaid, Mary, who presented to you in the temple the author of the New Law, may the Church keep its faith unspotted, grow in hope of heaven, and deepen its heartfelt love for you.
The Foot of the Cross (1)
Lord our God, in your mysterious wisdom you fill out the passion of Christ through the suffering that his members endure in the many trials of life. As you chose to have the mournful mother stand by your Son in his agony on the cross, grant that all who care for those afflicted by the pandemic may bring healing, comfort and love to our brothers and sisters in distress.
The Foot of the Cross (2)
Lord our God, you placed at the side of your suffering Son his mother to suffer with him, so that the human race, deceived by the wiles of the devil, might become a new and resplendent creation. Grant that your people may put aside their inheritance of sin and divisions and put on the newness of life won by Christ the Redeemer so that unselfish love and united efforts may end the pandemic and advance more and more the great work of redemption.
Fountain of Light and Life
Lord, from the chaste womb of the baptismal font the Church, our mother, has given to the children of this earth a new birth as children of heaven. As you cleansed us spiritually in the waters of baptism, cleanse us physically of the pandemic. Grant that through the life-giving Gospel and your grace-filled sacraments the Church may form its daughters and sons in the likeness of Christ, its founder, who was born of a Virgin Mother as the firstborn of many brothers and sisters and the Savior of the human race.
The Holy Name of Mary
Lord our God, when your Son was dying on the altar of the cross, he gave us as our mother the one he had chosen to be his own mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary; grant that during the pandemic we who call upon the holy name of Mary, our mother, with confidence in her protection may receive strength and comfort in all our needs.
The Handmaid of the Lord
Lord our God, in your loving plan of redemption you chose the Blessed Virgin, your lowly handmaid, to be the mother and companion of Christ your Son; grant that by constantly looking up to her we may give you wholehearted service in untiring care for the salvation of the world. Guide, protect, and strengthen all caregivers whose wholehearted service provide untiring care for those afflicted by the pandemic.
The Seat of Wisdom
All-holy Father, eternal God, in your goodness you prepared a royal throne for your Wisdom in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary; bathe your Church in the radiance of your life-giving Word, that, pressing forward on its pilgrim way in the light of your truth, it may come to the joy of a perfect knowledge of your love. Fill with wisdom and understanding those who search for remedies and cures for the pandemic that assails us.
The Immaculate Heart
Lord our God, you made the immaculate heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary the home of your eternal Word and the sanctuary of the Holy Spirit. Give us a heart that is free from sin and attentive to your will, that, faithful to your commandments, we may love you above all things and seek to help others in their need. Strengthen the hearts, lungs, and vital organs of those who suffer from the pandemic so that healed of their illness they may praise and thank you with all their heart, mind and strength.
The Mother of Good Counsel
Lord, you know that our thoughts on earth are full of fear and uncertainty; through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, from whom your Son took flesh and blood, send us the gift of counsel to teach us how to discern your will and to guide us in all we do. Fill with abundant grace and blessings those who teach and those who counsel so that guided by truth and directed by experience this pandemic may be ended.
The Pillar of Faith
Almighty and eternal God, you gave the Blessed Virgin Mary, glorious mother of your Son, as a pillar of strength to all who call upon her aid; grant through her intercession that we may be strong in faith, unwavering in hope, and steadfast in love during this time of trial and suffering.
The Mother of Hope
Lord God, you have given the Blessed Virgin Mary to your Church as a beacon of unfailing hope. In your goodness grant that those who are burdened by life’s cares and those who despair of salvation may find their hearts warmed and uplifted as they turn to her in their need.