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A Prayer for Protection from COVID-19

Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale in the barrack hospital at Scutari, c. 1880. Artist: Unknown.

O God of compassion, giver of life and health: We pray thy healing mercies upon all who are in any way affected by the outbreak of COVID-19. Comfort and sustain those who have been stricken; relieve their pain, and restore to them thy gifts of gladness and strength. Grant to all in authority the courage to make wise decisions that are essential for the common good, and strengthen them to lead the institutions that care for those whom they serve. Watch over all first responders and those in the medical professions whose duty it is to care for the sick; guard them from all danger, and keep them safe in the knowledge that, through their sacrifice and service, the health of the whole community is promoted. Mercifully accept these our prayers, O God of all comfort, and our only help in time of need. Amen.

Lightly adapted from a prayer in a letter from The Right Rev. Eugene Taylor Sutton, Bishop of Maryland (TEC).

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