As the pope said John Paul II : Do not be afraid. Let your faith be your guide and have peace knowing that this earth is passing away and our real life begins in Heaven. We join with you in asking God to alleviate the suffering caused by the coronavirus and to help our struggling world.
In our Catholic guide to the coronavirus pandemic , we will share some of our favorite devotions, patron saints, prayers, links and news related to the current global health situation. Our mission, in doing so, is to help you and your loved ones persevere and trust in the will of God.
Although these elements are not necessarily intended to ward off disease or protect against disease, we present them here as reminders to pray for the intercession of the saints they represent, or to have faith in the promises attributed to certain devotions.
Pope blesses Urbi et Orbi amid coronavirus pandemic
The March 27, 2020, the Pope Francis' Urbi et Orbi blessing in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic was all the more striking as Pope Francis walked alone in the empty St. Peter's Square.
In his prayer he said, “You call us to take this time of trial as a time of choice. This is not the time for your judgment, but the time for our judgment: a time to choose what matters and what to pass, a time to separate what is necessary from what is not. It's time to get our lives back on track as far as you, Lord, and others are concerned… ”
Among other touching statements by Pope Francis was his allusion to the story of Jesus and the disciples in a boat during a storm. “We realized that we are in the same boat, we are all fragile and disoriented, but at the same time important and necessary, we are all called to row together, each of us needing to comfort the other.
SAINTS AND PRAYERS
Saint Edmond the Martyr
Saint Edmund the Martyr , also known as Saint Edmond , was the king of East Anglia from about 855 until his death in 869.
He is known as the patron saint of protection against pandemics, plague and disease. People around the world are now calling for Saint-Edmond's intercession against the coronavirus pandemic.
Like Saint-Roch, Saint-Edmond became associated with pandemics after his death, when it was believed that his intercession had saved people from the plague.
Prayer of St Edmond the Martyr
In your hands, Lord, and in the hands of your holy angels, today I commit and entrust my soul, my parents, my benefactors, my friends and enemies, and all your Catholic people.
Keep us, Lord, throughout the day, through the merits and intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary and all your saints, from all vicious and unruly desires, from all sins and temptations of the devil, and from sudden and unsuccessful death and pain. from hell.
Illuminate my heart with the grace of your Holy Spirit; grant that I may always obey your commandments; suffer that I am not separated from you, O God, who lives and reigns with God the Father and the same Holy Spirit forever and ever. Amen.
Saint Corona the Martyr
Saint Corona, who lived in the 2nd century in Syria, was only 15 years old when she professed her Christian faith and was martyred during the reign of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius.
Corona was reportedly tied by the feet to the top of two palm trees, which were then bent to the ground and released, killing her instantly.
Saint Corona would have been worshiped as patroness against epidemics and the pandemics in Austria and Bavaria, and she is known in the Church as the patroness of hardships, superstitions and treasure hunters.
Corona's feast day is May 14. His remains are housed in a church in northern Italy, the same part of Europe that has become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak. We invite you to join us in prayer for Corona's intercession.
Pope Francis' prayer on the coronavirus
O Mary, you continually shine on our path 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 the pain of Jesus, with unwavering faith.
You, salvation of the Roman people, know what we need. We are sure that you will provide, so that, as you did in Cana in Galilee, joy and feast may return after this time of testing.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do what Jesus tells us: He who took our sufferings upon himself, and carried 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 calls - we who are put to the test - and deliver us from all danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
According to Catholic tradition, Saint Roch was born miraculously with a red cross on his chest. He grew up to be a man of great faith. After the death of his parents, Saint Roch has gave his inheritance to the poor.
In 1315, he miraculously cured the plague victims in Italy with the sign of the cross, but his ministry led him to contract the disease himself. He later recovered but spent the rest of his life in prison after being mistaken for a spy.
After the death of Saint Roch in prison, an angel appeared in his cell and said that those who invoked the intercession of Roch would be healed. Today, Saint-Roch is called to intercede against disease, including the coronavirus pandemic .
Prayer to Saint Roch
O Blessed Saint Roch, Patron of the sick, have mercy on those who are lying on a bed of suffering.
Your power was so great when you were in this world, that by the sign of the cross many were healed of their diseases.
Now that you are in Heaven, your power is not less.
So offer our sighs and tears to God and obtain for us the health we seek.
through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Repeat the following 3 times: Saint Roch, pray for us, so that we are preserved from all illnesses of body and soul.
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