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Prayers at Home for Coronavirus (COVID-19) Pandemic

The Church of England has produced some prayer resources for this time. These prayers can also be downloaded in booklet form.

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.

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.

God of compassion,
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.

For those who are ill
Merciful God,
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.

For hospital staff and medical researchers
Gracious God,
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.

From one who is ill or isolated
O God,
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.
For the Christian community
We are not people of fear:
we are people of courage.
We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.
We are not people of greed:
we are people of generosity.
We are your people God,
giving and loving,
wherever we are,
whatever it costs
For as long as it takes
wherever you call us.

The Jesus Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ,
Son of the living God,
have mercy on me, a sinner.

Common Worship
O God, the protector of all who trust in you,
without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:
increase and multiply upon us your mercy;
that with you as our ruler and guide,
we may so pass through things temporal
that we lose not our hold on things eternal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
A prayer for when you are feeling alone
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples,
‘I am with you always’.
Be with me today, as I offer myself to you.
Hear my prayers for others and for myself,
and keep me in your care.

from St Patrick’s Breastplate
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

Before going to sleep
God our Father, by whose mercy
the world turns safely into darkness and returns again to light:
we place in your hands our unfinished tasks,
our unsolved problems, and our unfulfilled hopes,
knowing that only what you bless will prosper.
To your love and protection
we commit each other and all those we love,
knowing that you alone are our sure defender,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Common Worship Services and Prayers for
The Church of England
Material from which is copyright c The Archbishops’ Council


These prayers can also be downloaded in booklet form.

A prayer at bedtime
Before the ending of the day,
Creator of the world, we pray
That you, with steadfast love, would keep
Your watch around us while we sleep.
Tonight we pray especially for (family or friends)
and the people of (country or place).
Please give skill and wisdom
to all who are caring for them.
Psalm 31 v 1-5
1. In you O lord, have I taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me: in your righteousness.
2. Incline your ear to hear me; make hast to deliver me.
3. Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe; for you are my crag and my stronghold; for the sake of your Name, lead me and guide me.
4. Take me out f the net they have secretly set for me; for you are my tower of strength.
5. Into your hands I commend my spirit, for you have redeemed me, O Lord, O God of truth.
Deuteronomy 33 v 27
The eternal God is our refuge; and underneath are the
everlasting arms.
Thanks be to God.
A prayer for the world
God of love and hope,
you made the world and care for all creation,
but the world feels strange right now.
The news is full of stories about Coronavirus.
Some people are worried that they might get ill.
Others are anxious for their family and friends.
Be with them and help them to find peace.
We pray for the doctors and nurses and scientists,
and all who are working to discover the right
medicines to help those who are ill.
Thank you that even in these anxious times,
you are with us.
Help us to put our trust in you and keep us safe
A prayer remembering God is with us
Lord God, you are always with me.
You are with me in the day and in the night.
You are with me when I’m happy
and when I’m sad.
You are with me when I’m healthy
and when I am ill.
You are with me when I am peaceful
and when I am worried.
Today I am feeling (name how you are feeling)
because (reasons you are feeling this way).
Help me to remember that you love me
and are with me in everything today.

Almighty and everlasting God,
we thank you that you have brought us safely
to the beginning of this day.
Keep us from falling into sin
or running into danger;
order us in all our doings
and guide us to do always
what is righteous in your sight;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.    Amen
Psalm 23
1. The Lord is my shepherd;
therefore can I lack nothing.
2. He makes me lie down in green pastures
and leads me beside still waters.
3. He shall refresh my soul
and guide me in the paths of righteousness
for his name’s sake.
4. Though I walk through the valley
of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
for you are with me;    
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
5. You spread a table before me
in the presence of those who trouble me;
you have anointed my head with oil
and my cup shall be full.
6.Surely goodness and loving mercy
shall follow me all the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.   Amen
Psalm 91
1.  Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High    
and abides under the shadow of the Almighty,
2. Shall say to the Lord, ‘My refuge and my    
stronghold, my God, in whom I put my trust.’
3. For he shall deliver you from the snare of the   
fowler and from the deadly pestilence.
4. He shall cover you with his wings
and you shall be safe under his feathers;
his faithfulness shall be your shield and buckler.
5. You shall not be afraid of any terror by night,
nor of the arrow that flies by day;
6. Of the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor of the sickness that destroys at noonday.
7. Though a thousand fall at your side    
and ten thousand at your right hand,
yet it shall not come near you.
8. Your eyes have only to behold
to see the reward of the wicked.
9. Because you have made the Lord your refuge
and the Most High your stronghold,
10. There shall no evil happen to you,    
neither shall any plague come near your tent.
11. For he shall give his angels charge over you,    
to keep you in all your ways.
12. They shall bear you in their hands,    
lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13. You shall tread upon the lion and adder;    
the young lion and the serpent  
you shall trample underfoot.
14. Because they have set their love upon me,
therefore will I deliver them;
I will lift them up, because they know my name.
15. They will call upon me and I will answer them;
I am with them in trouble,
I will deliver them and bring them to honour.
16. With long life will I satisfy them    
and show them my salvation.              Amen

Common Worship Services and Prayers for
The Church of England
Material from which is copyright © The Archbishops' Council
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