Create a shrine in your home
A spiritual devotional practice that has long been a part of our wonderful Catholic heritage is forming an area of our homes as a special place to pray. It could include the Bible, a crucifix, statues of Mary and other saints, a candle that we might use when we're at prayer (electric is ok too!). We all need a daily spot for solitude to reflect and listen to our Lord. We read in the Gospels how often Jesus went up the mountain to prayer with his Father, our Father who longs to be with us especially during these days.
Saints for Intercession
Here is a list of saints to whom we can go, asking for their intercession with God during this time of concern over the coronavirus. For various reasons, as indicated in this list, these patron saints have been witnesses for us of God‘s goodness in times of illness or possible illness.
St. Anthony the Great, patron of those affected by infectious diseases. Pray for us.
St. Edmund, patron of victims of pandemics. Pray for us.
The Fourteen Holy Helpers, those who lived during the time of the plague. Pray for us.
St. Damien of Molokai, who put himself at risk to minister to those with leprosy. Pray for us.
St. Rocco, who is venerated for his prayers for those suffering from infectious diseases. Pray for us.
St. Joseph, patron of the dying. Pray for us.
St. Jude and St. Rita, patrons of impossible causes. Pray for us.
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, who founded hospitals dedicated to caring for the sick. Pray for us.
Mary, Undoer of Knots. Pray for us.
Stations of the Cross
Pope Francis' Special Prayer to the Virgin Mary
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
A prayer for others
May we who are merely inconvenienced... remember those whose lives are at stake. May we who have no risk factors, remember those who are most vulnerable. May we who have the luxury of working from home remember those who must choose between preserving their health or making their rent.
May we who have the flexibility to care for our children when their schools close, remember those who have no options. May we who have to cancel our trips, remember those who have no safe place to go. May we who are losing our margin money in the tumult of the economic market, remember those who have no margin at all. May we who settle in for a quarantine at home, remember those who have no home. As fear grips our country, let us choose love. During this time when we cannot physically wrap our arms around each other, let us find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors, families, colleagues, students, friends. Amen. – Prayer by Cameron Bellm.