The Catholic Archdiocese of Lagos composes prayer against the presently ravaging, highly contagious and fatal Coronavirus, aka, COVID-19. The prayer, issued as ‘Special Circular for the Month of March’ from the Archdiocesan Chancery, was signed by the Archbishop, Most Rev. Dr. Alfred Adewale Martins.
PRAYER FOR AN END TO THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
O God our Help in ages past, we, your children, humbly implore your mercy at this time of adversity. We are devastated by the coronavirus pandemic that is ravaging the whole world, snuffing life out of your people and spreading fear everywhere.
You are the God of Life and nothing is impossible to you. You ask us to call on you in the day of trouble and you will answer us. We know that we are sinners who are unworthy of your favours. Although we have no merits of our own to plead before you, we stand on the merits of the death and resurrection of Christ and plead his saving blood over our lives and situation.
We ask you to be merciful to us and save us from this scourge that is devastating the world. Be gracious to us and speak life and healing into the present coronavirus scourge and command it to depart from our world.
Give leaders of Governments and scientists divine wisdom and knowledge to take the right decisions and to DISCOVER THE MEDICATION NEEDED TO CURE PEOPLE WHO ARE INFECTED WITH THIS VIRUS. Protect all health workers and volunteers. Look with pity on those who are already infected with this deadly virus and heal them. Grant eternal rest to those who have died from it and comfort those they left behind to mourn their demise.
Lord, through this scourge may the hearts of many be turned back to you their Creator. We make our prayer through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Our Lady, Health of the sick — Pray for us
St. Raphael, the Archangel — Pray for us
All Angels and Saints of God — Pray for us
May Our Lady, Mother of the Church; the Health of the Sick intercede for the whole world. Amen!
(c. As updated by Archdiocesan Chancery)