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A Litany for Covid–19

This litany can be prayed throughout the day as one prayer or broken into Morning, Midday, and Evening
Prayers as suggested. It may be prayed alone or with others. If alone, read both bold and regular texts.

 

O God the Father, Creator of heaven and earth and all human bodies,

Have mercy upon us.

O God the Son, who took on flesh to redeem the world,

Have mercy upon us.

O God the Holy Spirit, Comforter and Counselor,

Have mercy upon us.

O holy, blessed, and glorious Trinity, one God,

Have mercy upon us.

 


 

Morning Prayers

For those who cough,
For those who have a fever,
For those who suffer from Covid-19 now and in the coming weeks,

Lord, have mercy.

For those who feel anxiety over their symptoms,
For those who fear death and disease,
For all who are scared,

Lord, have mercy.

For those with chronic pain,
For those who are ill,
For all who suffer the ailments of the human body,

Lord, have mercy.

For the doctors who treat the ill,
For the nurses who care for the dying,
For the support staff that make hospitals run,

Lord, have mercy.

For the child stuck at home,
For the mother and father who nurture children,
For the siblings who struggle to love,

Lord, have mercy.

For the unborn babies,
For the pregnant mothers,
For the celibate and barren,

Lord, have mercy.

For the marriages in strife,
For those who live alone,
For those homebound in unsafe homes,

Lord, have mercy.

For the retired and empty nesters,
For the widows and widowers,
For the elderly living in shared communities and those who serve them,

Lord, have mercy.

 


 

Midday Prayers

For the leaders of nations,
For the governors of states,
For the mayors of cities and all who lead others,

Lord, have mercy.

For those working from home,
For the online learner,
For the technologically isolated,

Lord, have mercy.

For the furloughed workers,
For the unemployed and uninsured,
For all those living with reduced income,

Lord, have mercy.

For the orphans and children in foster care,
For those living without homes,
For the refugee and the immigrant,

Lord, have mercy.

For the chefs and line cooks,
For the bartenders and baristas,
For all who prepare meals for the hungry and show hospitality,

Lord, have mercy.

 


 

Evening Prayers

For those who weep without ending,
For those who struggle to control their anger,
For those who find it hard to wait,

Lord, have mercy.

In our failures to love you and our neighbor,
In the idols our hearts depend on for security,
In all our vices, habits, and addictions that emerge in stressful times,

Lord, have mercy.

For the pastors and elders seeking to care for their flocks,
For the youth and children’s ministry directors who nurture young souls,
For worship directors who lead us in praise and lament,

Lord, have mercy.

For your church in the world,
For all who work to support her,
For all who depend on her for nurture,

Lord, have mercy.

For every person made by your hand,
For every human who bears your image,
For all people in every place,

Lord, have mercy.

 

Written by Rev. Joshua Burdette, 3.27.19