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Prayers collected by the WCC for the time of the COVID-19 pandemic caused by the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.

Prayers in view of the coronavirus pandemic

At this time when we have to keep physically distant from one another, it is more important than ever that we draw close to one another spiritually, praying together.

While prayers cannot be held at the chapel of the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva where the WCC has its offices, the WCC spirituality team shares below a short prayer outline for each day.

A word of prayer from the WCC general secretary:
Hillert-prayer-handsGod of life,
you have promised to be with us every day,
also in difficult days, like in times like these.
Give us
clarity in our minds,
strength in our work and discernment,
rest as we sleep,
peace in our minds.
Be with those
who need help
more than we do ourselves
help us to see what we can offer
from your love.

Below you will find prayers offered by Christians from a variety of countries and backgrounds, individually or as a group, interceding together for our one human family. A new prayer is added each week.

Prayer by Rev. John Wesley Oldham from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada:

Eternal God, in our continued journey together through the COVID 19 pandemic, we pray today too for peace in Palestine and Israel. And as we do, may you remind us:If you can’t join with others in songthen be a song for/to others....A song of hope, assurance,faith, encouragement, love.....Seasoned with humus, humorand 'humili-tea'!

Prayer by Prof. Gail Ramshaw, Washington D.C., United States:

With the prophet Joel we lament the devastation of this plague: The priests mourn; joy and gladness are cut off before our eyes. Disease kills countless; fear afflicts millions. O God, can we, can our society, survive this pandemic?All grieve at this global loss and weep at widespread adversity. A Kyrie or a Trisagion is sung.Hear us, O God. Hear us, O God.Uphold us with your strength.Uphold us with your strength.Give us your life.Give us your life.A time of silence is kept.Hear these words, and receive their power:God the Father holds the universe in arms of mercy.God the Son brought healing to the sick and suffering.God the Spirit grants us peace within our pain. Thanks be to God.

 

Prayer by Elizabeth Padillo Olesen, Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark:

The Wounded Christ  You are wounded, rejected, despised, whipped, nailed down, betrayed, crucified. You bear the world’s pain and sorrow and understand our own wounds too.  Who else would ever give a love so deep and true that in bearing rejection, betrayal and death, You claim to give us abundant life?  We carry the pain in our body In rebellion to natural laws in diseases and plagues in history We fight away our pain and sorrow.  And to our dismay, we see pain and death as megaphones of our mortal existence in darkness devoid of sparkling lights.  And yet you help us transform our agony by bringing to us The Easter morning of your presence – eternal and alive.

Prayer from the Uniting Church in Australia Assembly:

Loving and compassionate God,

you call us to love our neighbours and to be bearers of your hope and grace in our world. Expand our hearts and vision to respond with compassion to those around us, who are struggling in this time of uncertainty, anxiety, grief and suffering.

Loving and compassionate God, you call us to love our neighbours and to be bearers of your hope and grace in our world. Expand our hearts and vision to respond with compassion to those around us, who are struggling in this time of uncertainty, anxiety, grief and suffering. Give wisdom and strength to our health workers, and government officials, as they provide leadership in bringing our country through this crisis.

We bring before you and into our hearts and minds:

Those whose work and income are uncertain.

Those who are isolated.

Those who are fearful of an unknown future.

Those who are homeless, and all those who offer them support and care.

Those who are involved in aged care

– our agency leaders, staff and residents and their loved ones.

Businesses whose futures are uncertain

– their leaders and staff, school staff and students.

Those with health conditions that put them at greater risk.

Give wisdom and care-filled discernment to all our Church leaders

– our Councils, and local congregations, as we seek to creatively live out our worship, witness and service in ways that offer Christ’s life-giving love and presence.

Strengthen and sustain us to be your people

– shaped by your abundant grace, bearers of your generosity and overflowing love.

Through Christ our Light and Hope, we pray, Amen.

 

Prayer by Rev. Javier Ulloa Castellanos, director of the Baptist Seminary of Mexico:

God of life,

we thank you because you have given us the strength to be together in these moments,

to invoke you, to present to you everything that moves us, to listen to the good news that you have for us in these times of struggles but also of hope. God of life, we thank you because you have given us the strength to be together in these moments, to invoke you, to present to you everything that moves us, to listen to the good news that you have for us in these times of struggles but also of hope.Come to us yourself and wake us up! Give us your light! Be our consolation! Speak to each one of us in such a way that we hear from you what we need and what helps us to face life and our commitment to our families, communities of faith and the people of our towns and villages now that we are suffering the consequences of what we have done with your creation...

Come to us yourself and wake us up! Give us your light! Be our consolation!

Speak to each one of us in such a way that we hear from you what we need

and what helps us to face life and our commitment to our families,

communities of faith and the people of our towns and villages now that we are suffering the consequences of what we have done with your creation.

This is why we invoke your presence,

so that you may help us resist the forces of death and tell us what we must do;

so that your Kingdom of Life may shine in the midst of the darkness of pain,

of the destructive plague, of injustice, the human loathing and the destruction of your entire creation.

Today we raise our eyes and our voice before you, God of our lives,

to you we raise our hearts and our hands on this day. We entrust ourselves to you.

Just as the eyes of the child are on the father and the mother,

so are our eyes on you, Lord, waiting for your love, your breath of life,

sure and certain that your Word never returns empty.

We want to open our eyes to the light of your gospel.

We want to look at life head on and with meaning.

Lord, by invoking you on this day, we offer you all that we are and all what we have.

We offer you the little things that we do every day.

Thank you, God, because everything, even the most mundane daily things,

is an opportunity that you give us to live intensely, putting love in everything we do,

to bless the little ones of the earth.

We wish to feel the closeness of your presence and the satisfaction of knowing that,

on this day we will receive from you the portion of your grace to sustain us with faith

and trust in these times of world-wide pain and uncertainty.

When our ideals are in question, we need you to take the thread of our devotion,

transforming chance into destiny.

You didn't tell us: “I am the answer”, but “I am the way”.

You did not ask us to succeed, but to be faithful.

You did not promise us hidden paradises,

but that you would be with us until the last day,

transforming chance into a destiny of full life.

That is why we invoke you today in the name of your Son Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.

Prayer by Rev. Jane Stranz, United Protestant Church of France:

God of love and grace,continue to guide us through this time where many places are still in confinement.May the overload of information about restrictions and guidelines not weigh on our hope.In our personal boredom, help us not to forget others,and to remember your eternal promise in Jesus, the Christ.

Prayer by Prof. Gail Ramshaw, Washington D.C., United States:

O God, in our global distress we pray earnestly to you.God our Sanctuary,	gather us when separated into your presence.God our Physician,  	heal those who have contracted the virus. God our Comforter,	embrace all who mourn the dead.God our Homeland,	mother all who are quarantined. God our Friend,	accompany all who are alone or afraid.God our Guardian, protect physicians and nurses. God our Hope, assist researchers searching for a vaccine. God our Mighty Fortress, preserve our societies from devastation.God our Governor,             guide the leaders of nations toward wise policies.God of Everlasting Arms,            in you we live and move and have our being.God our Creator,             make once again a world of sabbath rest.God our Saviour,            redeem the suffering world by your cross. God our Light,            shine your radiant peace into our darkness. O God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,            bless and preserve us. Amen.

Prayer by Luiz Carlos Ramos, Presbyterian, Brazil (translation: Dan González Ortega):

Lord Eternal God,we pray at this time for our sisters and brothers who, from their sickbeds, share with us their hopes and yearnings for health and well-being. In the same way, we, as their sisters and brothers, connect our hearts with theirs and with compassion bear their suffering and pains. But we also share in the same hope and longing for health and peace to be with them through your presence. Look mercifully at your children. Comfort them and strengthen them, and by your grace restore them. We ask this through the mediation of your Son, our suffering servant, a man of pain, who knows what it is to suffer, who took our infirmities upon himself and brings us peace today. Amen.

Prayer by Dr Erlinda N. Senturias, United Church of Christ in the Philippines:

Oh Lord, our Healer, Refuge and Strength, in our concern for COVID 19, may we learn the lesson to prioritise the health of the people and environment so that we are not caught unaware and unprepared. May we be careful in the allocation and use of public funds ensuring that they are really utilized in the service of the people and in strengthening the web of life. May we use the funds for just development of care facilities and protection of health personnel. May we ensure that those who have less in life will be protected and that our policy should be "no one is left behind." Forgive us of our sins of not bearing one another's burden and alienating ourselves from You, the source of our being, for indeed in our Lenten Journey you have once again showed us the strength to say NO to temptation and that you are the Saviour, the Source of Living Water, the Light of the World, the Resurrection and the Life. May we in our home quarantine find time for silence and solitude, deepening our spiritual knowledge through prayer, deep stillness, complete detachment and reading and humble meditation on your Words. Grant us O Lord your wisdom and grace as we turn to You and Rejoice that we are not alone in times like these. You are our Anchor and Strength. Amen.

Prayer from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America:

Lord Jesus Christ our God, You Who created human beings with utter goodness, the healer of our souls and bodies, heed now the supplication of Your children, and save us from the impeding threat against the world. For this affliction has spread ferociously and the fear of death has surrounded us. Many have suffered and many have passed on to repose, and there is none to save us, except You, O Lord.We know, Merciful Lord, that all this will cultivate our faith, as we implore you, crying out in utter repentance. Undo, O Lord, the dangerous effects of the virus and heal all people, as a most Gracious Lord. For those, who repose in peace, give rest in Your heavenly abode. Grant peace to the world, so that all people know that You are the Only God, and your faithful are not bound by death, but live forever.For You are our hope and our whole life is in Your benevolent hands, and to You we give glory, as well as to the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and forever and unto the ages of ages. Amen.Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Americawww.goarch.org/-/-prayer-for-protection-against-a-pandemic

Prayer by Cristina Dinoto, Evangelical Methodist Church of Argentina (translation: Red Crearte):

Lord of Life Abundant, do not let us fall into the temptation to believe that fear leads our lives.do not let us believe that your Spirit of Love and Power left us aside and adrift.do not let us fall into the temptation to close ourselves in on us and believe that there are only grey mornings with drops of despair, anguish and desolation.do not let us fall into the temptation to believe that virus contamination can outweigh your strength, power and mercy.Do not let us believe that we are paralyzed, without courage, afraid to fail in the way of your gospel for not finding a word of encouragement to lead the discouraged.Lead us Lord to the clear path, to the diaphanous and divine light that comes from your presence, that gives us unity and brings us together to encourage our lives and tells us, over and over again, "DO NOT BE AFRAID".Have mercy, Lord! And lead us not into temptation. Amen.

Prayer by Rev. Dr Aruna Gnanadason, Church of South India, in Chennai, India:

Prayer by Rev. Dr Aruna Gnanadason, Church of South India, in Chennai, India

Prayer by Rev. Canon Georgia 'Grace' Jervis, Anglican Diocese of Jamaica and Cayman Islands:

We pray to you, Lord, creator of all that is...seen and unseen; we bend the knees of our hearts before you, O source of all goodness, presenting all that we have and are…praying that the extended scepter of your mercy may embolden us in giving thanks for all that has been…and in saying yes for all that is to come.Star of our night and hope of every nation, hear your children, dispersed across the islands of the Caribbean, and the Americas as we lift every voice in thanksgiving for the manifold blessings we often take for granted. Our fertile lands produce crops in due season, that together with the harvest of surrounding waters, provide for our daily sustenance. We thank you that through all the changing scenes of life, your faithfulness…day by day and with each passing moment, continues to be our strength and stay.Accept our gratitude, Lord as walking through valleys shadowed by deathly images, we need fear no evil! Through many dangers, toils and snares, you have led us in times past; so, as Jesus calls us o’er the tumult, we would repose our trust in Him who is our anchor in the storms of life.For the countless ones, touched by angels of mercy and light…who have experienced your healing power in this ‘differently-difficult’ time of the COVID Pandemic. We celebrate your Pentecostal empowering, assured that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 8: 11), will raise us to that place where unity, harmony and shalom are the hallmarks of our individual and community lives.God of our weary years and silent tears; for our region and peoples, as we stand on the threshold of another hurricane season. Like those first disciples, tempest tossed, we cry out to you, Lord, save us! You are our help in ages past, our hope for years to come; save us…from the perils and dangers of every natural disaster and all that would rob us of our human and divine dignity. By your kindly light lead us amidst encircling gloom.And so gracious God, we pray that throughout the Greater and Lesser Antilles, upon Peninsula, Cay and reef, your Immanuel Presence, Power and Sustaining Grace, may be known and celebrated, to the end that our Caribbean region, the Americas and the whole world, may be filled with the glory of God, as the waters cover the sea. Hear us, O God.    We pray to you, Lord, creator of all that is...seen and unseen; we bend the knees of our hearts before you, O source of all goodness, presenting all that we have and are…praying that the extended scepter of your mercy may embolden us in giving thanks for all that has been…and in saying yes for all that is to come.

Star of our night and hope of every nation, hear your children, dispersed across the islands of the Caribbean, and the Americas as we lift every voice in thanksgiving for the manifold blessings we often take for granted. Our fertile lands produce crops in due season, that together with the harvest of surrounding waters, provide for our daily sustenance. We thank you that through all the changing scenes of life, your faithfulness…day by day and with each passing moment, continues to be our strength and stay.

Accept our gratitude, Lord as walking through valleys shadowed by deathly images, we need fear no evil! Through many dangers, toils and snares, you have led us in times past; so, as Jesus calls us o’er the tumult, we would repose our trust in Him who is our anchor in the storms of life.

For the countless ones, touched by angels of mercy and light…who have experienced your healing power in this ‘differently-difficult’ time of the COVID Pandemic. We celebrate your Pentecostal empowering, assured that the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead (Romans 8: 11), will raise us to that place where unity, harmony and shalom are the hallmarks of our individual and community lives.

God of our weary years and silent tears; for our region and peoples, as we stand on the threshold of another hurricane season. Like those first disciples, tempest tossed, we cry out to you, Lord, save us! You are our help in ages past, our hope for years to come; save us…from the perils and dangers of every natural disaster and all that would rob us of our human and divine dignity. By your kindly light lead us amidst encircling gloom.

And so gracious God, we pray that throughout the Greater and Lesser Antilles, upon Peninsula, Cay and reef, your Immanuel Presence, Power and Sustaining Grace, may be known and celebrated, to the end that our Caribbean region, the Americas and the whole world, may be filled with the glory of God, as the waters cover the sea. Hear us, O God.

 

Prayer by Rev. Denise Smith-Lewis, Moravian pastor serving in Antigua:

Gracious  God, we celebrate  you, our heavenly Father.We thank  you for being  our provider and protector.When sickness  and disease  threaten,  you are  our healer.In times  of distress and trouble,  you are our deliverer.Loving  God, nurses, doctors and all on the frontlines, we lift them  to you.In the midst  of COVID19 pandemic, we are all hurting and don’t know  what to do.We pray that you will heal our hurting hearts, Lord, your creation  renew;We are depending on you God, we know you are Faithful and true.O God of the wind, the rain and the flames, we ask of you to come and draw near.Your people, in this hurricane season, are tempted to worry and fear.From  the ravages of storms, please God shelter us. God, please, your people spare.Teach our hearts to trust you, loving God, for we know you love us and you care.God of power and might, the whole world  is at  your command.God of love and mercy, our lives are in your hands. God of justice and truth bless your people; heal our lives and lands.God of nations, languages, tribes, peoples and tongues, fulfill in us your divine purpose and perfect plans. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.

Prayer by Rev. Dr Paul Douglas Walfall, United Church of Canada:

Holy God, as we continue to live in this time of responding to the pandemic of COVID-19,We come asking for strength and grace.It has not been easy for us to live in a state of physical distancing.We cannot greet friends and loved ones,We cannot offer an embrace to comfort a handshake to greet a pat on the shoulders to encourageTo keep ourselves and each other safeWe must keep apart.Lord, we are unable to greet our elderly and seniorsBecause we need to keep them safe.Give to us the strength to keep each other safe.Give to us the love that will seek to do the highest good for those who are vulnerableGive us the grace to seek for new ways to be social even as we keep distance.When we feel overwhelmed and unable to go on,Provide us for us the brother or sister who will be your channel of grace to the moment.When we feel frustrated and impatient because we are tired of staying away from others,Give to us the love that sees the need to keep each other safe.We remember the medical professionals who even now continue to work for our healthGive to them the gifts they need to do their workGive to them the strength to continue when things are hardGive to them the energy when the day is long.Keep them safe so that they may be able to continue.Surround their families and keep those that they love within your safe keeping.Help us, the people they serve, to be grateful for their service.Stand beside those who have been tested positive for COVID-19,Give to them peace to know that you are with them.Calm their anxiety,Comfort them in their distress,Assure them and their families that you will neither leave them not forsake them.Holy One, we know that the race is not for the swift.And we sense that this race will be a marathon.But in this race, remind us that we are not alone and that you have promised to provide the things we need.So, we run with perseverance mindful that you journey with us.Amen.

Prayer by Archbishop Dr Antje Jackelén, Church of Sweden:

God of life, God of compassion,as crisis is shaking our world, we turn to you with all our worries:for our loved ones, for our societies, for jobs and economies,and for how the most vulnerable among us will be affected.Transform uncertainty and fear into love and care.Give us courage, wisdom and consolation.Trusting in the power of the Holy Spirit, we pray:for the sick and those who are caring for them,for the researchers who are working to find medicine and vaccine,for those who must take difficult decisions that affect many,for international cooperation in the service of justice and peace,for spiritual leadership that is faithful to your will.In your mercy, help us to hold on to what is right, true and beautiful.Through Jesus Christ, whom we have come to know as our Saviour and Healer.Amen.

Prayer by Rev. Dorothy McRae-McMahon, South Sydney Uniting Church:

O loving God,we pray that you will give us courage and wisdomas we face the hard realities which confront usin life around the world today.May those with gifts for human health and hopediscover ways which help usto end the threatening infections of coronavirusand restore our lives to a new day.Give to us, we pray, a profound sense of creative community,as we care for each other,especially those who are most vulnerable.Hold us in your arms, like a loving parent would,as we journey into the future.Call us towards deeper faith, O Christ,believing that you are with us.And lift our hearts, O Holy Spirit,as we face each moment.Amen.

Prayer by Rev. John Wesley Oldham from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada:

We pray to God who some call Mystery, beyond all definition, that When in the midst of uncertainty – may we know faithWhen in the midst of anxiety – may we know serenity.When in the midst of stress – may we know calm.When in the midst of fear – may we know trust.When in the midst of bewilderment – may we know assurance.When in the midst of confusion – may we know confidence.When in the midst of pandemic – may we know peace.When in the midst of whatever – may we know love.Rev. John Wesley Oldham from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Prayer by Cameron Bellm, from the United States:

May we who are merely inconveniencedRemember those whose lives are at stake.May we who have no risk factorsRemember those most vulnerable.May we who have the luxury of working from homeRemember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools closeRemember those who have no options.May we who have to cancel our tripsRemember those that have no safe place to go.May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic marketRemember those who have no margin at all.May we who settle in for a quarantine at homeRemember 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 yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbours.Amen.

Prayer written by the Kabataang Unida Ekyumenikal (Ecumenical Uniting Youth) from the Philippines:

Lord, our Refuge, we thank you for listening unfailingly to the cries of your people. You have been our anchor in the midst of this pandemic and you have constantly provided us with our needs and the hope to get through every day.  O God, we are praying for the front liners who have been facing this battle boldly. We pray for your continuing provision, especially of personal protective equipment to keep them safe, for test kits to save lives, and for greater government support to help them fight COVID-19.  Direct us, Lord, towards helping our fellow citizens and our front liners. May our leaders mirror you in being able to hear and answer the voices of the people, so that they can respond especially to the scarcity of medical resources and other programs to sustain and strengthen all medical practitioners. Lord, protect us all during this pandemic. Hear our cries as we pray, in the Name of Jesus Christ, our Hope and Light, Amen.

Prayer from the Syriac Orthodox tradition, shared with the WCC fellowship by Dr Theodora Issa, WCC Central Committee member:

Compassionate Lord, open to us the door of Your mercies and do not embarrass us as we have put our confidence in You.Deliver us and save us from all distress and intolerable temptations as You are the Savior and Redeemer of those who believe in You. Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us, because You are our trust and our hope.From Prayers and Supplications, the Supplication of Our Lady included in The Anaphora, The Service Book of the Divine Liturgy according to the rite of the Syriac Orthodox Church of Antioch, Archdiocese of Western USA, shared with the WCC fellowship by Dr Theodora Issa, WCC Central Committee member.

 

Prayer by Rev. Gerardo Oberman, Red Crearte, Argentina:

A Psalm for this time The grace of God guides us, We don´t lack and never will lack anything. He leads us to places of rest and care and to drink waters of trust. He renews our strength so we do not abandon the path of solidarity, because it is there, in our empathy with others, where we honour his name.Even though we pass through polluted streets and places of possible contagions, we will not fear any danger, because You, divine presence, maintain the prudent distance between tenderness and respect,and that inspires us with serenity and confidence. We will share the table again, and the banquet and the party, before the astonished gaze of the empire of the viruses and of any empire that proposes death and exclusion. We will fill our cups again until they overflow to toast for the new worlds, already stripped of their greed and their thirst for power, more aware of being family, people, humanity. Surely your goodness and love will follow us every hour of each journey until we know how to make this earth of yours a house in which we can all live, in our full and rich diversity, with health, fullness, dignity, bread, shelter, work and justice, forever.

 

Prayer from the National Council of Churches in Australia:

A prayer for our nation amidst COVID-19Gracious God,We give thanks anew for your providence and presence.We prayerfully seek your grace, amidst COVID-19 here and overseas.We pray for those in need of healing.We pray for your peace with those who are anxious or grieving.We pray you will continue to strengthen and sustain all those who are serving in response.We pray for your Holy Spirit’s discernment amidst the many choices and decisions facing our national, community and medical leaders.We pray we each might see quickly what more we can do to help those who are vulnerable.This prayer for our nation in the family of nations, with all that is on our hearts, we gather now and pray through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.

Prayer by Rev. Dr Manhong Melissa Lin, associate general secretary, China Christian Council:

When human life is disturbed, disrupted, and threaten by the novel coronavirus, we pray to you, God of life. Grant us the compassion, humility and self-discipline to value, care about and protect each life.We pray to you, God of mercy, for all who have suffered directly and indirectly during this global pandemic. May you sustain, console, and heal them.We pray to you, God of grace, for all good efforts to rescue life and to maintain people’s health. May you strengthen, guide and protect all who have committed to fight against this disease.We pray to you, God of righteousness, for justice to prevail. May you lead us to combat racism, discrimination, stigmatization and xenophobia with courage in the midst of this health crisis. We pray to you, God of love, for an early end to the transmission of COVID-19 that is harming all, and for life, health and peace for all, through your mercy, grace and loving care, and through human solidarity, integrity and mutual support. Amen.

Prayer by Rev. Jan Berry, Luther King House, Manchester, United Kingdom:

God our refuge,we seek your protection.Protect the vulnerable from illness:those who are old and frail,weakened by years and struggle;those who care for others,expending energy and love;those for whom inability to workmeans hardship and poverty.Protect usfrom the greed and suspicionwhich snatches at our own securitystock-piling and panic-buyingthat deprives others of the necessities of life.Protect us from the shortsightednesswhich sees the germ in our own eyesand ignores the plaguesof hunger, war and violencethat take so many lives each day.Protect us from the isolationthat leads to loneliness and despairdenying the interconnectednessthat links us with one another.God our refugein our panic and fearmay we not lose sight of our common humanitythat makes us one people in you. Amen.

 

 

An order of prayer for every morning

While the Ecumenical Centre in Geneva where the WCC has its offices is closed and prayers cannot be held at its chapel, the WCC spirituality team shares a short prayer outline for each day:

Morning Prayer for Friday, 18 September 2020
God, who is Three in One and One in Three, hear our prayers for peace in the lands of Israel and Palestine. Give wisdom to all who work for and advocate for a just peace that they will not grow weary in their efforts.
Morning Prayer for Thursday, 17 September 2020
Lord Jesus Christ, we call upon you today in prayer giving thanks for sharing in our humanity...
Morning Prayer for Wednesday, 16 September 2020
Today, as we gather before you God in prayer, we declare that we believe in a pilgrim God, who crosses frontiers, boundaries and barriers,...
Morning Prayer for Tuesday, 15 September 2020
God of all creation...
Morning Prayer for Monday, 14 September 2020
God of all creation, your love is infinite and embraces all people and all of creation.
Morning Prayer for Friday, 11 September 2020
Does not wisdom call out? Does not understanding raise her voice?
Morning Prayer for Thursday, 10 September 2020
Praise be to the Holy Trinity! Turn us from fear and mistrust, and free us to imagine a life reconciled to the Earth and all creatures, through the Good News of Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray.
Morning Prayer for Wednesday, 9 September 2020
Praise be to the Holy Trinity!
Morning Prayer for Tuesday, 8 September 2020
Praise be to the Holy Trinity! Sound and life, Creator of the Universe, Source of all life, whom the angels sing; wondrous Light of all mysteries known or unknown to humankind, and life that lives in all.
Morning Prayer for Monday, 7 September 2020
One: Praise be to the Holy Trinity! God is sound and life, Creator of the Universe, Source of all life, whom the angels sing; wondrous Light of all mysteries known or unknown to humankind, and life that lives in all.
Morning Prayer for Friday, 4 September 2020
Eternal Lord, you are the creator of the skies and of the universe; the creator of these paradise lands of Benin, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and Togo,
Morning Prayer for Thursday, 3 September 2020
All-loving God, how can I be the object of your choice; and who am I, O Lord, to speak in your name? Yet, you have appointed me to proclaim the mystery of the Cross to your people...
Morning Prayer for Wednesday, 2 September 2020
Great Spirit God, we give you thanks for another day on this earth...
Morning Prayer for Tuesday, 1 September 2020
Creator of Life, at your word, the earth brought forth plants yielding seed and trees of every kind bearing fruit...
Morning Prayer for Monday, 31 August 2020
God, Creator of heaven and earth, of all that is visible and invisible! As we come to praise your matchless name, our praise is veiled by our troubled hearts...
Morning Prayer for Friday, 28 August 2020
At home in the kindness of God we come to be restored, we come to be changed...
Morning Prayer for Thursday, 27 August 2020
At home in the kindness of God we come to be restored, we come to be changed...
Morning Prayer for Tuesday, 25 August 2020
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise...
Morning Prayer for Wednesday, 26 August 2020
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise...
Morning Prayer for Monday, 24 August 2020
Holy God, you have the words of eternal life...
Morning Prayer for Friday, 21 August 2020
O God, with all your faithful followers of every age, we praise you, the rock of our life. Be our strong foundation and form us into the body of your Son, that we may gladly minister to all the world, through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord...
Morning Prayer for Thursday, 20 August 2020
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise. Sing to the Lord, sing praises to our God; tell of all God’s wonderful works.
Morning Prayer for Monday, 17 August 2020
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.
Morning Prayer for Thursday, 13 August 2020
Come, Lord, cover us throughout this day. Spread your grace over us as you have assured us you would do...
Morning Prayer for Wednesday, 12 August 2020
Lord, we thank you, for you are worthy of praise and adoration...
Morning Prayer for Tuesday, 11 August 2020
Eternal God, we come acknowledging today that some people are being swept away by hatred; and when they do, they turn furiously towards one another. As we begin this day in prayer, may you transform hearts and give your peace, especially to those who are being consumed by hatred and seeking revenge...
Morning Prayer for Monday, 10 August 2020
We come before you; people burdened and looking for comfort and peace in these times of uncertainty. We look to you, who stills the storm and calms the anxious heart.
Morning Prayer for Friday, 7 August 2020
Restore us and revive us, O great First Responder. Be there by our side when and wherever there is destruction.
Morning Prayer for Thursday, 6 August 2020
Everlasting God, precious God, we thank you today for the gift of life which is so precious...
Morning Prayer for Wednesday, 5 August 2020
Lord Jesus, grant us this and every day to be free to give ourselves to your love, so that all who have become lonely through hate may find again in you the tender bond which is the meeting place of all hearts...
Morning Prayer for Tuesday, 4 August 2020
Everlasting God, precious God, we thank you today for the gift of life which is so precious...
Morning Prayer for Monday, 03 August 2020
Grant them and all your people wisdom and understanding, and help them to respond justly and effectively to the issues which are affecting their countries. Direct them that they may do what is right in your sight.
Morning Prayer for Friday, 31 July 2020
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise. Sing to the Lord, sing praises to our God; tell of all God’s wonderful works.
Morning Prayer for Thursday, 30 July 2020
In the beginning God was. Today God is. Tomorrow God will be. Who could possibly make an image of God? God does not have a body. God is a word that springs from our mouths.
Morning Prayer for Monday, 27 July 2020
O Lord, open my lips,  and my mouth shall proclaim your praise.   Sing to the Lord, sing praises to our God;  tell of all God’s wonderful works.
Morning Prayer for Friday, 24 July 2020
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise. Sing to the Lord, sing praises to our God; tell of all God’s wonderful works.
Morning Prayer for Thursday, 23 July 2020
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise. Sing to the Lord, sing praises to our God; tell of all God’s wonderful works.
Morning Prayer Wednesday, 22 July 2020
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise. Sing to the Lord, sing praises to our God; tell of all God’s wonderful works.
Morning Prayer for Tuesday, 21 July 2020
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise. Sing to the Lord, sing praises to our God; tell of all God’s wonderful works.
Morning Prayer for Monday, 20 July 2020
O Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall proclaim your praise...
Morning Prayer for Friday, 17 July 2020
Faithful and Everlasting God, in this very moment, we avail ourselves to you once again to commune with you...
Morning Prayer for Thursday, 16 July 2020
Eternal God, we hear again your gracious invitation today: Come to me all who thirst. We come seeking to have our thirsting souls quenched with your presence...
Morning Prayer for Wednesday, 15 July 2020
Lord, make me among those whom you have guided...
Morning Prayer for Tuesday, 14 July 2020
God of creation, as we greet this new day, we come with thanksgiving for our world and all the beauty that surrounds us...
Morning Prayer for Monday, 13 July 2020
O God, as we assemble ourselves for prayer, we remember before you today our brothers and sisters in Djibouti and Somalia...
Morning Prayer for Friday, 10 July 2020
Faithful God, each day you call us to trust you more and more...
Morning Prayer for Thursday, 9 July 2020
Lord Jesus, you are our way, our truth, our life...
Morning Prayer for Wednesday, 8 July 2020
The grace of God be with you...
Morning Prayer for Tuesday, 7 July 2020
Yes Lord, you are the God of all...
Morning Prayer for Monday, 06 July 2020
Alleluia! O eternal God, Alfa Omega, you are great in your design, mighty in your work...
Morning Prayer for Friday, 03 July 2020
Gracious God, we come into your presence with thanksgiving and gratitude for your grace,...
Morning Prayer for Thursday, 2 July 2020
God of unfailing power, you give vigour to the weary and fresh hope to the exhausted...
Morning Prayer for Wednesday, 1 July 2020
Merciful God, even when we feel that you are far away, help us to always remember your love and mercy...
Morning Prayer for Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Almighty God of all Comfort, look with compassion we pray, upon the little companies of our faithful fellow Christians who, in lonely places of the world, are striving to uphold the banner of the cross...
Morning Prayer for Monday, 29 June 2020
Immanuel God, when we are despairing, visit us;...
Morning Prayer for Thursday, 25 June 2020
God, who makes all things new, may we learn new things during this COVID-19 pandemic, especially new lessons from those around us...
Morning Prayer for Friday, 26 June 2020
Holy Father, we pray for the people in Kenya and Tanzania, especially for the boys and girls...
Morning Prayer for Wednesday, 24 June 2020
Patient God, we need the presence and power of the Holy Spirit to help us be agents of peace, justice, and love...
Morning Prayer for Tuesday, 23 June 2020
Creator God, our heavenly father, your son was a carpenter in Nazareth; We pray for all those who labour in our factories and shops...
Morning Prayer for Monday, 22 June 2020
God of the mighty wind, send the warmth of your Spirit so we can embrace one another...
Morning Prayer for Friday, 19 June 2020
Gracious God, we hear again your call to your church to serve all humanity...
Morning Prayer for Thursday, 18 June 2020
Great God, on this Thursday, we give you thanks that you call us out of silence to name hidden and domestic violence...
Morning Prayer for Wednesday, 17 June 2020
Holy, Holy, Holy Lord, we offer praise unto you and sing, “Glory Alleluia.”
Morning Prayer for Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Lord Jesus Christ, you reach out to us today offering us the precious gift of your friendship....
Morning Prayer for Monday, 15 June 2020
Gracious God, as we begin this day and this new week, we do so with you giving thanks for the promise of your abiding presence...
Morning Prayer for Friday, 12 June 2020
O God, you are our peace, our joy; you are our confidence and strength; you are our resting place, our home, our heaven, our salvation...
Morning Prayer for Thursday, 11 June 2020
O God, as we come before you in praise and thanksgiving, we are mindful too that we are coming before you too full of dissatisfactions, imaginations, prejudices, excuses, and with old scores still to settle, sure we are right. Forgive us, we pray.
Morning Prayer for Wednesday, 10 June 2020
God our provider, our hearts praise and sing with gratitude for your merciful provision in our depths of need. Hallelujah! Praise the Lord, for his excellent greatness.
Morning Prayer for Tuesday, 9 June 2020
O God, you are our peace, our joy; you are our confidence and strength; you are our resting place, our home, our heaven, our salvation...
Morning Prayer for Monday, 8 June 2020
Lord God, we give you thanks for sending your only Son to give us life. In the midst of wealth we are crushed by poverty,...
Morning Prayer for Friday, 5 June 2020
O Lord, open my eyes that I may see the need of others, open my ears that I may hear their cries…
Morning Prayer for Thursday, 4 June 2020
Lord, you know our land. It is so like the country you yourself once lived in – mountains, and sometimes snow, contrasting with the thirsty lowlands…
Morning Prayer for Wednesday, 3 June 2020
Lord, please go before us, to lead; walk beside us, to befriend; be above us, to protect…
Morning Prayer for Tuesday, 2 June 2020
As smoke is blown away and wax melts in the fire, may racism and oppression disappear before your face, O God.
Morning Prayer for Thursday, 28 May 2020
Loving God, grant peace and healing to those, who during this pandemic,...
Morning Prayer for Wednesday, 27 May 2020
Merciful God, we entrust to your unfailing and tender care this day those who are ill or in pain...
Morning Prayer for Tuesday, 26 May 2020
O God, enlarge my heart that it may be big enough to receive the greatness of your love...
Morning Prayer for Monday, 25 May 2020
We sincerely thank you, O God, for your powerful gift of hope in the face of seemingly hopeless situations...
Morning Prayer for Friday, 22 May 2020
Eternal God, in the stillness of the pre-dawn hours, as creation awakened welcoming the rising sun,...
Morning Prayer for Wednesday, 20 May 2020
Lord God, You are with us in the day and the night. You are with us when we’re happy and when we’re sad...
Morning Prayer for Tuesday, 19 May 2020
Almighty God, Praise be to you, for you have created us and you continue to love us unconditionally...
Morning Prayer for Monday, 18 May 2020
Heavenly Father, you have welcomed us into your kingdom and your hearts’ desire is to draw every human being to yourself...
Morning Prayer for Friday, 15 May 2020
God, who is always present, we began this day with you...
Morning Prayer for Thursday, 14 May 2020
Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress…
Morning Prayer for Wednesday, 13 May 2020
God, who knows all things, we know you love us. From the very beginning your loving mercy has been poured out upon us…
Morning Prayer for Tuesday, 12 May 2020
God of compassion, Be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation…
Morning Prayer for Monday 11 May 2020
O Saviour Christ, in whose way of life lies the secret of all life, and the hopes of all people...
Morning Prayer for Friday, 8 May 2020
Merciful God, When our beggarly heart sits crouched, shut up in a corner...
Morning Prayer for Thursday, 7 May 2020
Loving God, Send us the love which is cool and pure, like your rain that blesses the thirsty earth and fills the homely earthen jars...
Morning Prayer for Wednesday, 6 May 2020
Loving God, Send us the love which is cool and pure, like your rain that blesses the thirsty earth and fills the homely earthen jars...
Morning Prayer for Tuesday, 5 May 2020
Creator God, Even as the water falls on dry tea leaves and brings out their flavour, so may your Spirit fall on us and renew us...
Morning Prayer for Monday, 4 May 2020
Merciful God, when the heart is hard and parched, come upon us with a shower of mercy...
Morning Prayer for Friday, 1 May 2020
Eternal God, all that exists is simply the breath of your favour...
Morning Prayer for Thursday, 30 April 2020
Merciful God, there are no limits to your mercy. Your generosity never ceases...
Morning Prayer for Wednesday, 29 April 2020
Eternal God you are worthy – Worthy of blessing, worthy of honour, worthy of glory, worthy of power…
Morning Prayer for Tuesday, 28 April 2020
Holy, holy, holy, Lord, God almighty who was, who is, and is to come. Heaven and earth are full of your glory...
Morning Prayer for Monday, 27 April 2020
Lord, we greet this new day, giving thanks, that our senses allow us to say that the air smells good today,...
Morning Prayer for Friday, 24 April 2020
O Lord, listen and hear the cries of who call upon you in their time of distress...
Morning Prayer for Thursday, 23 April 2020
O Lord, guide our steps in pathways of righteousness and peace. Use our hands as instruments of compassion to embrace the least and lowliest among us…
Morning Prayer for Wednesday, 22 April 2020
Creator God, we greet this new day echoing the praise of your creation and declaring: This is the day the Lord has made…
Morning Prayer for Tuesday, 21 April 2020
O God, open our eyes to behold anew this day the glory of the risen Christ....
Morning Prayer for Monday, 20 April 2020
O Lord, rightly direct our goings in the ways of peace...
Morning Prayer for Friday, 17 April 2020
My Lord, Jesus, You have risen to new life! Give us new eyes with which to recognize your presence in the world around us.
Morning Prayer for Thursday, 16 April 2020
Come, my Light, and illumine my darkness. Come, my Life, and revive me from death...
Morning Prayer for Wednesday, 15 April 2020
Lord, cleanse me of my sins and have mercy on me…
Morning Prayer for Tuesday, 14 April 2020
Christ our God, sun of righteousness… Enlighten also the eyes of our souls, and make us sons and daughters of light so that we cry out to you in faith…
Morning Prayer for Thursday, 9 April 2020
Come, true light. Come, life eternal. Come, hidden mystery. Come, treasure without name...
Morning Prayer for Wednesday, 8 April 2020
Incarnate God, who comes into our life to change the stifling order of the world into life-giving freedom! Give us your Spirit...
Morning Prayer for Tuesday, 7 April 2020
Lord of all creation, you created all human beings, help us to maintain our dignity at all times, especially during this pandemic...
Morning Prayer for Monday, 6 April 2020
We thank you, O Lord, Philanthropist, King of the Ages, Giver of all good things...
Morning Prayer for Friday, 3 April 2020
Lord, open our eyes, that we may see you in our brothers and sisters...
Morning Prayer for Thursday, 2 April 2020
Through a hole in the roof, O my God, I am trying to see you; trying to tell you that all your people are suffering...
Morning Prayer for Tuesday, 31 March 2020
God Almighty, to you who calm the storms and fears in our lives, we pray in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. You hear the suffering and the fears of the world...
Morning Prayer for Wednesday, 1 April 2020
Lord Jesus Christ, you who are the light and joy of our lives, grant us your spirit of poverty and protect us from all evil...
Morning Prayer for Monday, 30 March 2020
Merciful God, with all my heart we turn to you...
Morning Prayer for Friday, 27 March 2020
Lord, if you loved me yesterday, why should I be doubtful on this today...
Morning Prayer for Thursday, 26 March 2020
O, Lord, Jesus Christ, dear Shepherd, Giver of salvation, joy and strength...
Morning Prayer for Tuesday, 24 March 2020
O Sweet Christ, draw us who are weak to you...
Morning Prayer for Wednesday, 25 March 2020
Almighty God, you are the way, the truth and the life...