Prayers in time of Pandemic

Prayer to St. Joseph, Patron of Workers

O Blessed Saint Joseph, we pray to you for those who are out of work, for those who want to earn their living or support their families.

O Holy Saint, you who are the patron of workers, grant that unemployment may lessen or vanish from our ranks; that all those who are ready to work may put their strength and abilities in serving their society and communities, and earn a just salary.

Blessed Joseph, foster-father of the Lord, You are the patron of families; do not let those who have children to support and raise lack the necessary means to achieve security for those who depend upon them. Have pity on every person held down by the chains of unemployment and poverty because of sickness or social disorders. Help our political leaders and leaders of industry find new and just solutions to equitable and living wages. May each and every worker have the joy of contributing, according to their God-given abilities, to the common prosperity of society by means of an honorable livelihood.

Grant that we may all share together in the abundant goods God has given us and that we may help all who suffer at the margins of society, the poor, disabled, the elderly and the pandemically sick.


Prayer of the Unemployed

O God, who made me in your image and intended me for creative, fulfilling, life-giving work; look with love on me now, unemployed and growing anxious and fearful.

Help me to find ways, without self-pity, to enjoy life alongside those who are fortunate enough to be still working, and to understand what kind of help we need to give one another in this time of great stress, confusion and challenge.

Guide the leaders of our city, county, State and Nation, so that they may make decisions and create policies which will benefit and sustain us, our families, friends, and all society, decisions which are rooted in Christ’s own vision of the dignity of work; in justice, and compassion.

Finally, Lord, I ask you to guide me and everyone in the sure and certain knowledge that we all have intrinsic worth in ourselves, in the very fiber of our being, and that we are all of equal value in your eyes, through Jesus Christ Our Lord.


That All May Have Work

O God, the Creator of all things, you have made us in your own image so that we may find joy in creative work: have mercy on all those who are unemployed, and those who find their work dull, especially for: (pause here to bring to mind the names of those for whom you are praying).

Help us, as one family, your children, to build a society where all may have work and find joy in doing it, for the good of our world and the glory of your name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer for Employment

God, our Father, I turn to you seeking your divine help and guidance as I look for suitable employment.

I need your wisdom to guide my footsteps along the right path, and to lead me to find the proper things to say and do in this quest.

I wish to use the gifts and talents you have given me, but I need the opportunity to do so with gainful employment.

Stay close by me, dear Heavenly Father, in this search, and grant me this favor of gainful, sustaining work.

My heart and my mind are filled with praise and thanksgiving for your gracious assistance, O loving, protecting God.

Grant this through Christ, our Lord.


Prayer for the Coronavirus to Stop Spreading

Almighty and loving God, we know that everything is in Your compassionate and just control.

We ask with all the power in our minds and hearts that You keep this new coronavirus from continuing to spread unabated, out of control.

Give government officials the ability to safely and with charity, manage the people arriving on our shores and borders from other countries.

Help people everywhere, in our cities, in our towns, and in our rural countryside, to decide to stay home instead of traveling or going out needlessly.

Holy Spirit of God, remind people to do the ordinary, most common things instructed by our health authorities…to wear face masks, to wash their hands properly, to be constantly mindful of cleanliness.

And finally, sadly, comfort individuals and families whose hearts are breaking as they decide to keep their distance from elderly or other family members, whose risk for very serious illness or even death from the coronavirus is high.

We pray all this, O mighty and healing, comforting God, in the name of Christ, Our Lord.


Pray for people who are infected with COVID-19 or facing quarantine

Jesus, during Your ministry on Earth You showed Your power and caring by healing people of all ages and stations of life from physical, mental, and spiritual ailments.

Be present now to people who need Your loving touch because of COVID-19.

May they feel Your power of healing through the care of doctors and nurses. (Pause here to call to mind the names of anyone in particular for whom you wish to pray…)

Take away the fear, anxiety, and feelings of isolation from people receiving treatment, whether at home or in the hospital, or under quarantine.

Give them a sense of purpose in pursuing health or regaining it and protecting others from exposure to the disease by their own mindfulness and efforts.

Give insight and energy to their healthcare providers, and protect their families and friends, sustaining the health of each one, and bring peace to all who love them.

We pray this as always, in the name of Christ Jesus, our Lord.


Pray for medical professionals, caregivers, and researchers, and all those responsible for fighting the coronavirus.

God, as I become more and more aware, each day, of more and more people falling ill, I know that dedicated and heroic healthcare workers and first responders are working longer hours with fewer supplies and with more risk of contracting the new coronavirus themselves.

I ask of You, most blessed, holy, and powerful Divine Physician, to renew their energy and sustain them on long shifts.

Bring Your heavenly peace and protection upon them as they work with patients.

May your healing love and strength work through them as they work with the sick.

Make it be possible, even by miraculous intervention, that the supplies which they desperately need to stay safe and healthy on the job become and remain fully available, and in stay plentiful supply.

Inspire and invigorate the research doctors and any others developing better tests to diagnose the virus, creating vaccines to prevent it, and identifying protocols to eliminate the spread of Covid-19.

Holy Spirit, God of healing, hover eternally over, and bless the lives and work of those who work so hard to take care of us in our medical needs.

And we make this prayer, as always, in the name of Christ, Our Blessed Lord.


Pray for leaders responsible for making decisions about the coronavirus.

Gracious God and Father, Maker of all things and source of wisdom and goodness, we seek Your guidance daily.

Make you presence felt to those various persons who have the high responsibility of making decisions that affect the lives and futures of our families, communities, countries, and the wider world.

We pray that they communicate clearly, truthfully, and calmly — with each other and with the public – and that their messages are crafted with the goal of the safety and welfare of all.

May truth and empathy be the touchstones of anyone tasked with setting policies for our protection.

Help those in authority see the people they govern as valued members of their own families; give them clear vision as well as hope.

May they, leaders both elected and appointed, serve as did Our Lord Jesus, with true compassion and in Your Truth.

We ask this, as always, in the name of Jesus, your Son and Our Lord.


Pray for families adjusting to new ways of life

Holy Spirit of God, and emanation of God’s Love, as our families and friends, indeed all of us, adjust to everyone being home as businesses and schools close, we ask that You guide people in their new realities; especially myself.

Give spouses grace to find the space for each other.

Prompt worn-out parents to speak only with words of kindness and encouragement to our children.

Help children and students find creative ways and genuinely fun outlets to experience the beauty of all You have created in this still beautiful world.

Help us all to value learning new things, and new ways of doing things, and new ways of looking at what we have taken for granted.

In this time of tremendous worry and challenge, may even the uncertainty brought to our lives by the virus Covid-19 become an impetus to renew ourselves with the gifts and talents with which you have imbued us from our birth.

In thanksgiving, then, we pray today and always, in the powerful and beautiful name of Jesus the Lord.


Pray for business owners and families facing financial stress.

Jesus, Lord, Companion, and divine friend… I thank You this new day for Your constant, never-failing faithfulness in how you have guided and equipped people in their jobs and have provided solace, healing and guidance to me in the past.

It is absolutely frightening to me at this time, and overwhelming, not clearly knowing or being sure how bills and obligations will be met, or to not be entirely certain how to provide for my family.

As I and countless others feel the awful pressures of financial strain and stress during the current pandemic crisis gripping our land, I humbly ask You to allow me a measure of your divine comfort and peace.

Please remind me and my brothers and sisters feeling the same way as I do that You are there for us…for everyone.

Provide for us in this time of special need.

We pray to you, Jesus, Lord and Helper, in unity with the Father and the Holy Spirit.


Pray for grocery store workers and delivery drivers.

Lord God, I want to offer a special prayer today to you for the sake of all those good folks to whom we are so grateful…those who continue to work each day so that people are able to eat; grocery workers, clerks, truck and delivery drivers, warehouse workers, those who clean and scrub the stores, customer care personnel, and so many others even behind the scenes where I do not often see.

I ask that You bless and protect them as they serve.

Their work is a real ministry, a ministry of care and support for the most ordinary aspects of life.

Give them all the grace to handle disgruntled customers during supplies shortages.

Keep their bodies healthy as they unload and stock boxes of supplies.

Keep their cars and trucks running smoothly as they deliver needed supplies and food people have ordered online.

And please protect them all from contracting the coronavirus.

My heart is full of gratitude for them…help me to remember to sincerely say the beautiful, simple words, “Thank-you!” to any one of those amazing people whom I might encounter today.

And thank-YOU, also, Lord Jesus…Amen.

A Prayer: Healing from COVID-19

God of Mercy and Grace, You have called us from the east and from the west, from the south and from the north to be your body in this world.

Keep us connected through you even in our physical distance. We come to you trusting that you are our refuge and our strength, our very present help in trouble.

We pray for people who are experiencing any symptoms of the COVID-19 virus, and for the family and medical staff who surround them in care.

We pray for those who are most vulnerable to this disease, whether from advanced age, or from underlying health conditions or any other contributing factors. May they rest in your peace and protection.

We pray for healthcare workers and people on the front lines of this disease. For workers who are in essential roles to keep our communities going. Keep them healthy; keep them safe. Guide their hands in the service of others.

We pray for parents and children who are struggling with this new normal of homeschool, and especially those children and families who rely on school meal programs for daily nutrition. We pray for everyone struggling with these rapid changes. May we be comforted by your peace and your presence.

We pray for people who face hate and discrimination brought on by fear and anger, for anyone beaten down by oppression, racism, sexism, ageism, poverty, or any cultural exclusion. May these your beloved children feel your warm and loving embrace.

We pray for those whose actions are motivated by fear and anger. May they remember that you are a God of abundance. May weapons and words of violence never rule our lives.

We pray for our leaders. May they be guided by your wisdom and not selfish interests. May they be courageous and make the bold decisions necessary to end this pandemic. May they make simple truth their daily practice.

And we pray for all the advocates and the volunteers who are responding to your call to care for the people who are most vulnerable in our communities and around the world. Give them endurance. Stir them with your longing for justice. May they be comforted and moved by your Holy Spirit.

It is in the strong name of Jesus that we do pray.


Covid-19: A Prayer of Solidarity

For all who have contracted Covid-19, we pray for care and healing, for strength, courage, and hope.

For those who are particularly vulnerable, especially the elderly, and anyone with another serious medical condition, we pray for safety and protection.

For all who experience fear or anxiety, we pray for peace of mind and spirit.

For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety, we pray for policies that recognize their plight and their anguish.

For those who do not have adequate health insurance, or none at all, we pray that no family will face financial burdens alone, abandoned.

For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status, we pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of every person among us, that each one is Your child, and therefore our sister or brother.

For our brothers and sisters around the world, in every land, of every race, of every language, culture and faith, we pray for shared solidarity.

For public officials and decision-makers in our land, local, national, and international, we pray that Your wisdom and guidance show them the way of Gospel compassion and understanding.

Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort, and love to all; grant peace, grant comfort, grant healing.

Be with us, Lord. Amen.

(Jen Pollock Michel is the author of Teach Us to Want, Keeping Place, and Surprised by Paradox. She lives with her husband and their five children in Toronto. This piece was adapted from her recent blog.)