Prayer Candles

Prayers for various occasions

In these strange and challenging times, many people have commented that they sometimes find it difficult to pray.  They know what they want to ask in prayer but sometimes find it difficult to find the words to express the longings of our heart and the needs of our world.  We offer you these prayers from the Jesuit online resource centre in Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio in the United States and invite you to join us in praying for the needs of our world at this time.  

 

Strength for this Challenging Time

We pray for your love and compassion to abound
as we walk through this challenging season.

We ask for wisdom for those who bear the load
of making decisions with widespread consequences.

We pray for those who are suffering with sickness
and all who are caring for them.

We ask for protection for the elderly and vulnerable
to not succumb to the risks of the virus.

We pray for misinformation to be curbed
that fear may take no hold in hearts and minds. 

As we exercise the good sense that you in your mercy provide,
may we also approach each day in faith and peace,
trusting in the truth of your goodness towards us. 

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Loving God,

Help us to focus on what we have,
not on what is removed or changed.

Strengthen us when we feel discouraged
or overwhelmed.

Embrace us so that us we know your loving presence
within us and among us.

Walk with us as we bring your love,
and carry your light, into our world. Amen.

Sandra Lucas, MDiv., BCC

When this is over,
may we never again take for granted
a handshake with a stranger,
full shelves at the store,
conversations with neighbors,
a crowded theatre,
Friday night out,
the taste of communion,
a routine checkup,
the school rush each morning,
coffee with a friend,
the stadium roaring,
each deep breath,
a boring Tuesday,
Life itself.

When this ends,
may we find that we have become
more like the people we wanted to be,
we were called to be, we hoped to be
and may we stay that way:

better for each other
because of the worst.

- Laura Kelley Fanucci

Litany of Solidarity and Hope During a Pandemic

For those who are sick.
For those with chronic illnesses and underlying health concerns.
For all those who are suffering.

For those who are lonely.
For those who have no one to check on them.
For families that are separated.

For those who are unemployed.
For those suffering financial hardships.
For those who face an uncertain future.

For those who are suffering from physical or emotional abuse.
For those who are disproportionately suffering because of societal structures and unjust policies.
For those who are struggling with physical or mental disabilities.
For those who are overwhelmed by anxiety and stress.

For those who are dying.
For those who have died while saving the lives of others.
For all who have lost their lives.

For those who have survived.
For those who have lost their spouses.
For children who have been orphaned.
For all those who mourn and those who comfort them.

For firefighters, police, and emergency medical workers.
For doctors, nurses, and all health care professionals.
For those who serve in the armed forces.

For public officials.
For business leaders.
For educators.
For innovators and inventors who provide new solutions.

For peace in our city and in our world.
For renewed friendships among neighbors.
For solidarity and unity among all peoples.
For a greater appreciation and love of all humanity.

For patience and perseverance.
For calm in the midst of fear.
For the grace to overcome adversity.

For the generosity of spirit.
For hope in times of despair.
For light in the darkness.

Gracious and Loving God,
You are our comforter and our hope.
Hear our prayers as we come before you.
Strengthen us in this time of need.
Inspire us to acts of solidarity and generosity
and give us hope of a brighter future.

- By Joseph P. Shadle
 

 

A Prayer for Our Uncertain Times

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 and 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 who have no safe 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.

As fear grips our country, let us choose love.

And during this time when we may not be able to physically wrap our arms around each other,

let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors.  Amen.

- Written by Rev. Dr. William J. Barber II

A Prayer during Covid19

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 those who have the luxury of working from home

remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May those who have the flexibility to care for our children when schools close

remember those who have no options.
May we who have to cancel a trip remember those who have no safe 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 those who settle for quarantine at home remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country, let us choose love during this time.

When we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other,

let us find ways to be the loving embrace to God and our neighbor.

- Prayer by Cameron Wiggins Bellm

Prayer for People Critically Ill or Facing Great Uncertainty

God of the present moment,
God who in Jesus stills the storm
and soothes the frantic heart;
bring hope and courage to all
who wait or work in uncertainty.

Bring hope that you will make them the equal
of whatever lies ahead.

Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided,
for your will is health and wholeness;
you are God, and we need you.

- Adapted from New Zealand Prayer Book, p. 765

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