Contemporary Simons of Cyrene

Our Christian hope always rests in God — yet as we recall throughout Holy Week, this hope did not arise in the context of comfort and security. It arose from Jesus Christ’s victory over sin and death, purchased for us through the excruciating sufferings of his passion and death on the cross at Golgotha, abandoned and almost entirely alone. But out of that seeming disaster was born the resurrection of Easter, the reason for our hope both here and in the hereafter.

This hope can never be shaken by any physical disease, not even one as serious as the coronavirus. And as believers, it’s our particular responsibility to manifest this hope to the many others in our secularized contemporary society who, lacking faith, might be drawn toward despair by the advance of the coronavirus.

But since hope is only one of the three Christian theological virtues, Catholic clergy and lay faithful are called equally to serve as beacons of charity and faith in the face of the coronavirus crisis. The only antidote to fear is faith, and the surest way to build and strengthen faith is through prayer.

Nearly 2,000 years ago, Jesus entered Jerusalem for the final time during Holy Week, to embrace there his cross on behalf of all humanity. Near the end of his passion, as Our Lord’s earthly strength drained away, Simon of Cyrene stepped forward to help him shoulder the weight of the cross of salvation. Today, as the cross of the coronavirus is weighing down so many in so many different ways, afflicting Christians and non-Christians without distinction, it is now our turn to try to serve as contemporary Simons of Cyrene, by bringing the faith, hope and love of Jesus to others in these most challenging times.

 Prayer of Trust

My Lord God, I have no idea where I am going. I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all I am doing. I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this, you will lead me by the right road, though I may seem to be lost in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me, and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

 

Prayer against Depression

O Christ Jesus
When all is darkness
And we feel our weakness and helplessness, 
Give us the sense of Your Presence, 
Your Love and Your Strength. 
Help us to have perfect trust
In Your protecting love
And strengthening power, 
So that nothing may frighten or worry us, 
For, living close to You, 
We shall see Your Hand, 
Your Purpose, Your Will through all things.

(St. Ignatius of Loyola).

 

A Coronavirus Prayer for Healthcare Workers

O Holy Spirit, we thank you for the advancements that have led to improving the health of so many. We beg you to inspire new breakthroughs in overcoming the coronavirus and all serious flu viruses. Protect, we pray, health care professionals from the illnesses they are treating, and make them instruments of your healing. Amen.

 

A Short Prayer

Lord help me
to remember
that nothing
is going to happen
to me today
that You and I
together can't handle.

Amen.

 Prayer to St. Michael

O glorious prince St. Michael, chief and commander of the heavenly hosts, guardian of souls, vanquisher of rebel spirits, servant in the house of the Divine King and our admirable conductor, you who shine with excellence and superhuman virtue deliver us from all evil, who turn to you with confidence and enable us by your gracious protection to serve God more and more faithfully every day.

Pray for us, O glorious St. Michael, Prince of the Church of Jesus Christ, that we may be made worthy of His promises. Almighty and Everlasting God, Who, by a prodigy of goodness and a merciful desire for the salvation of all men, has appointed the most glorious Archangel St. Michael Prince of Your Church, make us worthy, we ask You, to be delivered from all our enemies, that none of them may harass us at the hour of death, but that we may be conducted by him into Your Presence. This we ask through the merits of Jesus Christ Our Lord. 
Amen.