National Prayer during COVID-19

This prayer was written by Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast and Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka, former co-president of the Canadian Jewish Congress. May it unite us in prayer against this virus which affects us all.

O God,

We gather together separated by life-saving distancing,
but united more than ever in spirit;
We know we are in a war against COVID – 19 together,
and the more together we are, the better and stronger we will emerge:
We know the challenges are enormous, yet so are the opportunities;
That whether we are in isolation with loved ones, or alone,
we will have abundance of time;

We commit to using that time to the max,
to help those in greater need in whatever way we can;
We know we all have the opportunity, and time, to be life savers and life enhancers;

We give thanks for those who are on the front line taking care of those who are not well;
We give thanks for the researchers who are working at breakneck speed
to find a cure and vaccine;
We give thanks for our leaders, federal, provincial and local,
for their dedication to all of us;
We give thanks for the providers of our daily needs who go to work in spite of the risk;
We give thanks for those who have ramped up their ability
to produce life-saving supplies.

We pray for the well-being of all our life savers;
For those who are not well, that they recover fully;
For those enduring difficulty, that they may overcome their challenges.

We pray that a cure and vaccine will soon be available,
And that we all – family, friends, all Canadians,
the entire world may be healed in body and spirit.

We ask you, O God, to bless our leaders, our front line care givers,
our life savers and life enhancers.
We ask you, O God, to bless Canada, to bless the world, to bless everyone.

Amen.