Solidarity and prayer in the face of the world coronavirus crisis

Together with the UISG, we invite all religious congregations to celebrate a day of solidarity and prayer around the world next Sunday, March 22, especially in communion with all those who have been affected, in any way, by the coronavirus disease.

Women and men religious around the world, we feel called to respond to the global coronavirus crisis in solidarity with others, especially the most vulnerable and those most at risk, following, in the first place, the guidelines of the World Health Organization and those from our respective governments.

Our response is also expressed through prayer and witness to our responsibility to care for one another, through concrete and conscious solidarity.

A very special word of thanks to those who are on the front line caring for the sick and those who are dedicated to research projects to find remedies, and to those who work in public services.

On March 22, women and men religious, we express together our solidarity and communion with all the people of the world, our brothers and sisters, especially through prayer.


Covid-19: Pope offers prayer to Virgin Mary for protection

O Mary,
you shine continuously
on our journey
as a sign of salvation and hope.

We entrust ourselves to you,
Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross 
you participated in Jesus' pain,
with steadfast faith.

You, Salvation of the Roman People, 
know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, 
so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee, 
joy and feasting might return 
after this moment of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father's will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, 
and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. 

Amen.

We seek refuge under your protection,
O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas 
- we who are put to the test - 
and deliver us from every danger, 
O glorious and blessed Virgin.