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Prayers for use at home in these extraordinary times



God our Father, Creator of the world, almighty and merciful, out of love for us
you sent your Son into the world as the doctor of our souls and our bodies.
Look upon your children who, in this difficult time of confusion and dismay, turn to you seeking strength, salvation and relief.

Deliver us from illness and fear, heal our sick, comfort their families, give wisdom
to our rulers, energy and reward to our doctors, nurses and volunteers, and eternal
life to those who have died.

Do not abandon us in the moment of trial but deliver us from all evil.

We ask this of thee, who with the Son and the Holy Spirit, live and reign for ever and ever. Amen


God of Love, we the people of St Katharine and St Nicholas turn to you with prayerful hearts and with confidence in your loving presence among us now and in every moment of our lives.

We stand before you as a people of hope, trusting in your care and protection.  May we be comforted by your love in these anxious times.


Generous and Merciful God, fill us with compassion and concern for others, young and old; that we may look after each other in these challenging times, especially those among us who are vulnerable.  May your example give us the courage we need to go to the margins, wherever they may be.  Heal us of our fear.


Healing God, bring healing to those who are sick with the Coronavirus and be with their families and neighbours.  We pray especially who those who are isolated, that they may know your love.  Stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.


God of Strength, accompany all those who serve us with such love and generosity in the medical profession and in all our healthcare facilities.  We give thanks for their continued work in the service of people.  We ask you to bless them, strengthen them and guide them with your abundant goodness.


God of Wisdom, we ask you to guide the leaders in healthcare and governance; that they may make the right decisions for the well-being of people.


O God of creation and God of life, we place ourselves and our world in your protection and love.  May your peace be with us and enfold us today, tomorrow and during the time ahead.


We ask all this in the name of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.               Amen



Loving and healing God, we turn to you in prayer,
confident that you are with us and with all people in every moment.
We stand before you as people of hope, trusting in your care and protection.
May your faithful love support us and soothe the anxiety of our hearts.


Generous God,
fill us with compassion and concern for others, young and old,
that we may look after one another in these challenging days.
Bring healing to those who are sick with the virus and be with their families.

May those who have died rest in your eternal embrace.
Comfort their family and friends.

Strengthen and protect all medical professionals caring for the sick
and all who work in our medical facilities.
Give wisdom to leaders in healthcare and governance
that they may make the right decisions for the well-being of people.

We pray in gratitude for all those who will continue to work in the days ahead in so many fields of life for the sake of us all.
Bless them and keep them safe.


O God of creation and life, we place ourselves in your protection.              Amen



St Patrick’s Breastplate (extract)

A reminder that Christ is never absent from us.


Christ with me,

Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.


Prayer of Saint Francis


Lord, make me an instrument of your peace
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon,
Where there is doubt, faith,
Where there is despair, hope,
Where there is darkness, light,
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may
Not so much seek to be consoled as to console,
To be understood, as to understand,
To be loved, as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive,
And it's in pardoning that we are pardoned,
And it's in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.


Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary for England, her dowry

England has been referred to as Mary’s dowry since the Middle Ages.  The term was in widespread use in the 14th Century but may have originated in the 11th.


O blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our most gentle Queen and Mother, look down in mercy upon England thy Dowry and upon us all who greatly hope and trust in thee.

By thee it was that Jesus our Saviour and our hope was given unto the world; and He has given thee to us that we might hope still more.

Plead for us thy children, whom thou didst receive and accept at the foot of the Cross, O sorrowful Mother.

Pray for us all, dear Mother, that by faith fruitful in good works we may all deserve to see and praise God, together with thee, in our heavenly home.