March 26, 2020 10:40 pm
A Prayer Amid an Epidemic
by Kerry Weber, executive editor of America magazine.
Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease an
illness.” At your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the
midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing
Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and healthy
through quality medical care.
Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and
neighbors from helping one another.
Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim vulnerability 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
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 afflicted and who put themselves at risk in the process. May
they know your protection and peace.
Be with the leaders of all the 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 our anxiety, give us your peace. Jesus Christ, heal us.