Prayers of Protection

The monks of Mount Athos have asked us join in common prayer from home 10 - 10:15 pm local time (families with small children can offer at an earlier time) every evening, praying "Lord, Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy upon your world."

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Thank you to Fr. Theodore Paraskevopoulos for posting these prayers of protection.

Included are prayers for individuals and community. We encourage you to add them to your prayer time!

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Another prayer from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of America:

O Lord Jesus Christ, in Your loving care, You traveled through towns and villages "curing every disease and illness." At Your command, the sick were made well. Come to our aid now, in the midst of the global spread of the coronavirus, that we may experience your healing love.

Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair.

Heal us from our fear, which prevents nations from working together and neighbors from helping one another.

Be with the doctors, nurses, researches and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process.

Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders. Be with the leaders of all nations. Give them the foresight to act with charity and true concern for the well-being of the people they are meant to serve. Give them the wisdom to invest in long-term solutions that will help prepare for or prevent future outbreaks.

O Master and Lord, our Savior, Healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty an sorrow.

Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare.

For You are a Merciful and Loving God, and to You we give glory, to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever and to the ages of ages. Amen.