Prayers & Poems

 

Stations of the Cross

Find two versions of the Way of the Cross written specifically for this time of pandemic.

Way of the Cross

 

Way of the Cross

 

A Prayer for God to be Glorified

Dear God,

It’s Your name that is honored from generation to generation. You alone are worthy of all glory and praise.

And You are not shocked by the state of the world right now. Your ways are not our ways, and You are not at a loss about what to do. Nothing is impossible for You.

So today, we are proclaiming that You will be glorified through this pandemic. That Your name will be known and praised throughout the earth.

Pierce the darkness with Your light. Shine brighter than the fear of death, economic ruin, or a long quarantine.

When we look back on this moment in history, would we be filled with joy as we remember the revival, hope, and peace that came out of this season.

Continue to draw this hurting world back to You.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

And the People Stayed Home: A Poem by Kitty O'Meara

Written by Kitty O'Meara after the potato famine in Ireland in 1860.

And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply.

Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows.

And the people began to think differently. And the people healed.

And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.

Prayer for a Pandemic

May we who are merely inconvenienced - remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors - remember those most vulnerable.
May we who have the luxury of working from home - remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close - remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips - remember those that have no place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market - remember those who have no margin at all.
May we who settle in for a quarantine at home - remember those who have no home.
During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.

 

Prayer to the Virgin Mary for Protection

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.

O loving Mother, you know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
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.