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.
I must say this prayer just doesn’t comfort me, it doesn’t enter my heart as total surrender love and trust to our blessed lady and her beloved son jesus Christ especially from the chair of Peter. I just think a call for worldwide prayer especially the rosary would have been more pleasing to our heavenly mother. We’re now having church lockdown once again and holy mass forbidden by our governments worldwide and as our shepherd he needs to speak up clearly and loudly to gather his flock and encourage us to be strong, courageous and never lose faith. Yes he issued this pandemic prayer and so he should! He should have organised several Novenas since lockdown began in March and encouraging his cardinals to inform the many archbishops and bishops to encourage their dioceses to prompt our parish priests to remind us to turn to prayer in these troubling times, speak up Francis and defend our right to attend the holy table on the Lords day. We seem rudderless in a stormy sea. God help us.
Thank you Martin, Pope Francis has begged us to pray the Rosary for the Pandemic on more than one occasion. He has also given many words of encouragement to spur us on in faith and be courageous, but I agree with you that he has not been forceful enough on trying to keep the churches open and allowing us to go to Mass. However, I expect he is taking advice on this matter from health professionals and is himself trying to keep us all safe from the pandemic. I am one who thinks that we should be able to attend Mass, it seems madness that we can que for earthly food in the shops with hundreds of people passing through each day and yet we cannot receive Jesus, our Heavenly food, the Bread of Life, with only a small number of others in the Church. God bless Geoff