Special Prayers Shared by the Pastor…

A Prayer for Putting on a Face Mask

Creator God, as I prepare to go into the world,
help me to see the sacramental nature of wearing
this cloth. Let it be a tangible and visible way of
living love for my neighbors, as I love myself.

Christ Jesus, since my lips will be covered, uncover
my heart, that people would see my smile in the
crinkles around my eyes. Since my voice may be
muffled, help me to speak clearly, not only with my
words but with my actions.

Holy Spirit, as the elastic touches my ears, remind
me to listen carefully and caringly to all those I meet.
May this simple piece of cloth be shield and banner,
and may each breath that it holds, be filled with
Your love. In Your name and in that love, I pray. Amen.
(Written by Rev. Richard Bott, Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Canada)

 

Giving Thanks During a Pandemic

We give You thanks and praise,
O God of times and seasons,
but especially during these difficult times
when disease and death have
threatened the whole world with suffering.

Though separated from one another
You remain near to all.
While uncertain as to what
the future may bring
we find comfort in knowing
You hold all things in Your hand.

Mat this be a time of purification
and penance that we might
number our days aright and
find wisdom to walk in Your ways.
Grant that we never again take
our life, health, breath, food or freedom for granted.
Bless us through our friends and families
and may this food and Your grace give us
strength and courage to follow
You more faithfully through Christ Our Lord. Amen

(Written by Fr. Joseph Veneroso, M.M.)