By Teresa Keogh, Advisor for Stewardship, Archdiocese of Southwark, England

We hold in our hearts the sorrow of those who have lost loved ones to the Coronavirus. May those who have died now rest in the presence of the Lord who suffered with them.

We pray for those who are feeling ill at this time and those who are caring for them. May the Lord show them his healing love and give them peace.

We pray for those who are using their skills in caring for those who are ill and frail. May the Lord strengthen them and give them confidence that they are doing his work in the healing of bodies, souls and spirits.

We place ourselves with Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane. We will watch and pray, knowing that he is with us in our uncertainty and fear. May we hear in our hearts the words from the Prophet Isaiah: ‘Do not fear, for I am with you, do not be afraid, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you’.

We pray for those whose working lives will change as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. We pray that those who lose their jobs will find work which will fulfill their hopes and enable them to live with dignity. We pray for fairness and justice in the workplace.

We pray for those who lead us in government at this time. We pray for wisdom and discernment that they will do their utmost to serve their people faithfully and without self-interest.

We pray too for the scientists and the medical experts who are leading the response to the present crisis. May they share their knowledge and expertise with humility and integrity.