Prayers for a Pandemic

Below you'll find a collection of  prayer resources.  Credit  is given when known. 

Prayer for peace and solidarity in a time of pandemic

Creator God,

We look to you during this time of illness, uncertainty, and physical distancing from others.

Be with us as we place our anxieties and fears in your hands.

Free us from the illusion of invincibility, so that we might remember our actions affect others, especially the most vulnerable.

Free us from the fear of scarcity, which leads to competition and hoarding. Free us from painful anxiety, so that it can be transformed into caring actions for ourselves and others.


Jesus, our brother,

As your ministry of healing brought physical wellness and connection and restored community, help us remember that we are not alone.

As you mourned the death of your friend Lazarus, be with those who grieve the loss of loved ones. May they feel your presence and peace.

As you experienced death, be with those who have died from the coronavirus. May they be in your eternal embrace.

As you challenged your disciples to act for the common good, be with national and local leaders who have the power to ensure that the “least of these” have their basic needs met. Inspire them to have a global vision of solidarity, a consciousness and priority to provide healthcare to all.


Spirit of God, breath of life,

Thank you for the countless nurses, custodial staff, doctors, receptionists, therapists, healthcare providers, and all others who are working to care for those who are sick and suffering. As they live their vocations, may they be sustained by your Spirit.

Open our eyes to see the devastating implications of economic and racial injustice during this crisis. Be with vulnerable populations who are unable to have “social distance” from others, thereby increasing their likelihood of contagion.1

Inspire our actions for equitable access to testing, treatment, and financial support for all affected by coronavirus.

We pray during this Lenten season and current pandemic, we can turn away from fear and be faithful to our sacred and civic responsibility for others. AMEN.


This prayer was written by Michelle Sherman, Pax Christi USA National Council member


What if you thought of it

as the Jews consider the Sabbath—

the most sacred of times?

Cease from travel.

Cease from buying and selling.

Give up, just for now,

on trying to make the world

different than it is.

Sing. Pray. Touch only those

to whom you commit your life.

Center down.

And when your body has become still,

reach out with your heart.

Know that we are connected

in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.

(You could hardly deny it now.)

Know that our lives

are in one another’s hands.

(Surely, that has come clear.)

Do not reach out your hands.

Reach out your heart.

Reach out your words.

Reach out all the tendrils

of compassion that move, invisibly,

where we cannot touch.

Promise this world your love--

for better or for worse,

in sickness and in health,

so long as we all shall live.

--Lynn Ungar 3/11/20

A Coronavirus Prayer

by Kerry Weber

Jesus Christ, you traveled through towns and villages “curing every disease and 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 love.

Heal those who are sick with the virus. 

May they regain their strength and health 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 invulnerability 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 eternal peace.

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 affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. 

May they know your protection and peace.

Be with the leaders of all 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 of our anxiety, give us your peace.

Jesus Christ, heal us.

In this time of COVID-19, we pray:
When we aren't sure, God,
help us be calm;
when information comes
from all sides, correct and not,
help us to discern;
when fear makes it hard to breathe,
and anxiety seems to be the order of the day,
slow us down, God;
help us to reach out with our hearts,
when we can't touch with our hands;
help us to be socially connected,
when we have to be socially distant;
help us to love as perfectly as we can,
knowing that "perfect love casts out all fear."

For the doctors, we pray,
for the nurses, we pray,
for the technicians and the janitors and the
aides and the caregivers, we pray,
for the researchers and theorists,
the epidemiologists and investigators,
for those who are sick,
and those who are grieving, we pray,
for all who are affected,
all around the world...
we pray
for safety,
for health,
for wholeness.

May we feed the hungry,
give drink to the thirsty,
clothe the naked and house those without homes;
may we walk with those who feel they are alone,
and may we do all that we can to heal
the sick—
in spite of the epidemic,
in spite of the fear.

Help us, O God,
that we might help each other.

In the love of the Creator,
in the name of the Healer,
in the life of the Holy Spirit that is in all and with all,
we pray.

May it be so.

—A prayer during times of COVID-19 by the Right Rev. Richard Bott, originally posted on Facebook. Moderator Bott encourages the sharing of prayers he posts throughout his term.