Fr. Tim MacDonald’s Prayer Suggestions
The prayers below may prove helpful to all of us in the days ahead.
A PRAYER TO END THE CORONAVIRUS (please pray daily)
Heavenly Father, loving and merciful God, we worship and adore You. In faith, we come before You asking for mercy and forgiveness for our sins against You and Your creation.
In this time of anxiety and distress, we lift up to You the Coronavirus situation throughout the world. Abba Father, we beg You to halt the spread of this disease and to grant healing and comfort to those afflicted. Please cover everyone with the Precious Blood of Your Son, Jesus and protect all of us, especially those in the medical field, from any infection and harm.
Lord Jesus, we beseech You to grace government leaders and medical experts with wisdom and knowledge to combat the spread of Coronavirus and to find a cure for it.
Holy Spirit Lord, please breathe peace and new life into everyone. May You grace us with a strong sense of social responsibility to do the necessary, and to be prudent and considerate in our actions. Bless all people to work together as one family of God and to be compassionate to one another.
Most Holy Trinity, we believe in You and we place all our hope in You.
You are our strength and our shield; in You our hearts trust; so we are helped, and our hearts exult, and with our song we give thanks to You.
Immaculate Conception, Mary our Mother, we seek your intercession for us, our loved ones, our communities and everyone in this world.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, our Messiah and King, we trust in You. (3x)
THE ANGELUS PRAYER (Father will begin 6pm weekday Mass with this)
V.The Angel of the Lord declared to Mary:
R. And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary . . .
V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord:
R. Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
V. And the Word was made Flesh:
R. And dwelt among us.
V. Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God,
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
V. Let us pray:
R. Pour forth, we beseech Thee, O Lord, Thy grace into our hearts; that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son, was made known by the message of an angel, may by His Passion and Cross be brought to the glory of His Resurrection, through the same Christ Our Lord.
AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.
Pope Francis’ Prayer to Mary during the Coronavirus pandemic
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
Miraculous Medal Novena
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
V. Come, O Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful,
and kindle in them the fire of Your love.
R. Send forth Your Spirit, and they shall be created.
And You shall renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray:
O God, who did instruct the hearts of the faithful
by the light of the Holy Spirit,
grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise
and ever to rejoice in His consolation,
through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.
V. O Mary, conceived without sin,
R. Pray for us who have recourse to you. (3 times.)
O Lord Jesus Christ, who have vouchsafed to glorify
by numberless miracles the Blessed Virgin Mary,
Immaculate from the first moment of her conception,
grant that all who devoutly implore her protection on earth,
may eternally enjoy Your presence in heaven,
who, with the Father and Holy Spirit,
live and reign, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
O Lord Jesus Christ, who for the accomplishment of Your
greatest works, have chosen the weak things of the
world, that no flesh may glory in Your sight; and who
for a better and more widely diffused belief in the
Immaculate Conception of Your Mother, have wished that
the Miraculous Medal be manifested to Saint Catherine
Laboure, grant, we beseech You, that filled with like
humility, we may glorify this mystery by word and work.
Remember, O most compassionate Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your assistance, or sought your intercession was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence, we fly unto you,
O Virgin of Virgins, our Mother;
to you we come; before you we kneel sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not our petitions,
but in your clemency hear and answer them. Amen.
O Immaculate Virgin Mary,
Mother of Our Lord Jesus and our Mother,
penetrated with the most lively confidence
in your all-powerful and never failing intercession,
manifested so often through the Miraculous Medal,
we your loving and trustful children implore you to obtain for us
the graces and favors we ask during this Novena,
if they be beneficial to our immortal souls,
and the souls for whom we pray.
(Here privately form your petitions.)
You know, O Mary, how often our souls have been
the sanctuaries of your Son who hates iniquity.
Obtain for us then a deep hatred of sin and that purity of heart
which will attach us to God alone
so that our every thought, word and deed
may tend to His greater glory.
Obtain for us also a spirit of prayer and self-denial
that we may recover by penance what we have lost by sin
and at length attain to that blessed abode
where you are the Queen of angels and of men. Amen.
An Act of Consecration to Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
O Virgin Mother of God, Mary Immaculate,
we dedicate and consecrate ourselves to you
under the title of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.
May this Medal be for each one of us a sure sign of your
affection for us and a constant reminder of our duties toward you.
Ever while wearing it, may we be blessed by your loving
protection and preserved in the grace of your Son.
O most powerful Virgin, Mother of our Savior,
keep us close to you every moment of our lives.
Obtain for us, your children, the grace of a happy death;
so that, in union with you, we may enjoy the bliss of heaven forever. Amen.
O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have
recourse to you. (3 times.)