candlehandsPax Christi USA is encouraging all of our members, partners and friends, and anyone who feels called, to recite this prayer daily for the extent of the coronavirus pandemic. If you want to know you are praying in solidarity and communion with others, this is one way we invite you to do this. 

Click here to download and print a PDF of this prayer.

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Creator God,

We look to you during this time of illness, uncertainty, & physical distancing from others.
Be with us as we place our anxieties and fears in your hands.
Free us from the illusion of invincibility, so that we might remember our actions affect
others, especially the most vulnerable.
Free us from the fear of scarcity, which leads to competition and hoarding.
Free us from painful anxiety, so that it can be transformed into caring actions for ourselves and others.

Jesus, our brother,

As your ministry of healing brought physical wellness and connection and restored
community, help us remember that we are not alone.
As you mourned the death of your friend Lazarus, be with those who grieve the loss of
loved ones. May they feel your presence and peace.
As you experienced death, be with those who have died from the coronavirus.
May they be in your eternal embrace.
As you challenged your disciples to act for the common good, be with national and local
leaders who have the power to ensure that the “least of these” have their basic needs
met. Inspire them to have a global vision of solidarity, a consciousness and priority to
provide healthcare to all.

Spirit of God, breath of life,

Thank you for the countless nurses, custodial staff, doctors, receptionists, therapists, healthcare providers, and all others who are working to care for those who are sick and suffering. As they live their vocations, may they be sustained by your Spirit.

Open our eyes to see the devastating implications of economic and racial injustice during this crisis. Be with vulnerable populations who are unable to have “social distance” from others, thereby increasing their likelihood of contagion.[1]

Inspire our actions for equitable access to testing, treatment, and financial support for all affected by the coronavirus.

We pray together as Pax Christi USA that, during this Lenten season and current pandemic, we can turn away from fear and be faithful to our sacred and civic responsibility for others. AMEN.

This prayer was written by Michelle Sherman, Pax Christi USA National Council member.

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[1] Those in detention centers or prisons, workers who are unable to work from home, people experiencing homelessness, etc. …

15 thoughts on “PRAYER: A prayer for peace and solidarity in a time of pandemic

  1. Thank you for this prayer to which I offer the following: As you experienced death, be with those who have died from the coronavirus (and other causes).

  2. Thank you for these words,which remind us of our Father’s love for all and Jesus’ example of how to live that love ❤️
    A dear professor of mine ,a Biblical scholar,was fond of reminding his students,”If it ain’t lifestyle,baby,it ain’t real !”
    This prayer calls us to remember the Father’s loving care for us as well as the challenge to care for each other .

  3. Pax Christi Kos Angeles will include thus Pax Christi Usa prayer in our Zoom mass tomorrow at 4p our time and now we have a weekly Sunday 4p peace and justice mass. Number of session on stcamilluscenter.org. Fr chris ponnet regional co chair pastor st Camillus

  4. A beautiful prayer by Michelle Sherman for Pax Christi members & friends. I am sharing these with my others. Thank you.

  5. And we pray for the non medical people who clean; stock, deliver, sell supplies/food etc. And for the leaders that they may have insight for the common/world good and get beyond power/politics/self aggrandizement,etc and coordinate/work together/learn to love and protect all people in attempts together to end/stop this virus’ deathly effect on humankind.

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