Way of the Cross
While the need to slow the spread of the coronavirus is critically important, as Christians we are people of hope and even though we are facing the most profoundly catastrophic event in recent human history, and whilst we bring to the Lord all those who have been directly affected , our Faith lies in a God whose love stretched to the Cross on Calvary and beyond.
Let us place our trust in Him as we remember that journey to our redemption. Increasing our prayers, especially for an end to the coronavirus and for those affected by it, is one very powerful way we Christians can really make a difference in these times.
One particularly beautiful tradition in the Catholic Church is praying the Stations of the Cross. While we can pray this prayer year-round, it’s particularly emphasized during Lent. In times when we can’t go to a church to pray in front of the stations on the walls, technology affords us opportunities to pray at home.
Archdiocese of Durban Lenten Reflection- Week 2
Prayer for the Coronavirus Epidemic Crisis
“Jesus Christ, you travelled through towns and villages ‘curing every disease and illness.’
At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global pandemic of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.
Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.
Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbours from helping one another.
Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.
Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.
Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.
Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.
Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace.
Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.
Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.
Jesus Christ, hear us and heal us.”
Prayer to St Joseph
Glorious St. Joseph, foster-father and protector of Jesus Christ! Please obtain for me from the kind Heart of Jesus the help and graces necessary for my spiritual and temporal welfare.
I ask particularly for the grace of a happy death, and the special favour I now implore (name it).
Guardian of the Word Incarnate, I feel animated with confidence that your prayers in my behalf will be graciously heard before the throne of God.
O glorious St. Joseph, through the love you bear for Jesus Christ, and for the glory of His name. Hear my prayers and obtain my petitions. Amen
Stewardship Prayer for Generosity
Dear Lord, Teach me to be generous as You have been generous with me.
Teach me that all I am and have are gifts from You. And gifts, Lord, are meant to be shared.
Show me the joys of generosity. Help me understand that others, perhaps unknown to me, depend on me for help.
Remind me that my world, my parish, need “Good Samaritans” to heal the wounds of our times. Make me a gift to others in Your name. Amen
Prayer to St.Jude
Saint Jude was one of Jesus’ twelve original apostles, so we can conclude that he was also at the Last Supper. Saint Jude is also known by the name Thaddeus, which means sweetness and gentleness of character. He is not the traitor Judas Iscariot.
Saint Jude, followed Jesus faithfully until His crucifixion, and then later worked on evangelization. Very little is known about his life, but we do know he died as a martyr — some say around 65AD, giving his life to Jesus Christ. He is now one of the most invoked saints because of his New Testament letter which stressed the importance of a faithful person persevering in harsh circumstances.
Very often in our lives, we encounter difficult situations, where we are at a loss as to how to proceed, we cannot see the road ahead, but we know that somehow we must go on. As a community moving towards unity, pray these novena prayers to Saint Jude with confidence, that he will intercede for us before God, and assist us as we heal at St. Joseph’s.