Prayer During a Pandemic

Written on: March 19, 2020


The Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) is providing us with a weekly prayer resource that we will share here. For advocacy efforts, please click here.

Click on the Date to view, download or print the reflection

June 1– “So Many Names, There is Barely Room on the Walls of the Heart”

May 25– “To Live with the Spirit”

May 18“This Earth the Beloved Left and, Leaving, Left to Us”

May 11– “The Mystery Continues to Dwell, Glimmering in Fugitive Light”

May 4“No, No, There is No Going Back”

April 27Not Without Cost, This Going Deep

April 20To Make Us What We Otherwise Would Never Be

April 13- Every Breath is a Resurrection

April 6Waiting Together in Holy Darkness

March 30– Go to the Limits of Your Longing

March 23Welcome all that arrives

During these challenging times, we want to assure you that our Sisters are being extremely careful and most are fully able to shelter safely where they are. We also have plans in place to attend to any pressing needs of our most vulnerable members. While we are all being cautious, please know that one of our main activities is to pray for each and everyone of you. We urge you to also be safe and take proper precautions for yourself and your loved ones.

Just as we began to consider what type of prayer we would offer you, our good friends, the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary sent this prayer out publicly. We are grateful to be able to share it with you here. We hope you will pray it along with us.

Prayer during a Pandemic by Sr. Chris Koellhoffer, IHM

Loving God, Holy One,
Your desire is for our wholeness and well-being.

We hold in tenderness and prayer
the collective suffering of our world at this time.

We grieve precious lives lost and vulnerable lives threatened.

We ache for ourselves and our neighbors,
standing before an uncertain future.

We pray: may love, not fear, go viral.
Inspire our leaders to discern and choose wisely,
aligned with the common good.

Help us to practice social distancing
and reveal to us new and creative ways
to come together in spirit and in solidarity.

Call us to profound trust in your faithful presence,

You, the God who does not abandon,

You, the Holy One,
breathing within us, breathing among us,
breathing around us, in our beautiful yet wounded world.


4 thoughts on “Prayer During a Pandemic

  1. Kathy Diina says:

    This prayer is perfect always, but especially now. It is calming, peaceful and hopefull.
    Thank you Sr. Chris for this lovely and unifying prayer.

  2. Terry Beam says:

    Thank you for giving us this peaceful prayer and for encouraging us to join together to pray for each other. In these uncertain times we need to lean on each other and hold our hand in God’s so that we can feel his love and care for each of us.
    God bless all of you and our entire world as we continue to pray and hold on to our hope and love for God and our fellow man.

  3. Sr. Maria Christi Drysdale says:

    I certainly am witnessing to the variety of creative responses that our human family is extending to one another at this time of crisis. By God’s Grace and the continued support for one another, we will see an end to this PANDEMIC!
    Thank you, SR.Chris and IHM community for your prayerful Inspiration.

  4. Barbara Schiavoni says:

    This lovely prayer captures the reality that we are one human family, held in God’s loving embrace through this challenging time. Thank you Sr. Chris and IHM community.

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