Collect for the Third Sunday in Lent
Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves
to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and
inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all
adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil
thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus
Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy
Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
For Those Sick with COVID-10
Father, we pray for those areas hardest hit by this virus. We pray for the health workers and home caregivers, especially those who tirelessly continue long past their shifts and their tolerance. We pray for relief for them to come soon that they may REST. Give them the wisdom to care for others and also for themselves. We pray for protection for them from serious illness and for healing. Thank you for their hearts and hands of service. May they see and know the results of their labor is the healing of those in their care.
For those already infected or already sick with COVID-19, Lord, we pray for healing and protection from the worst of the viral symptoms. For those who are frightened of being infected, frightened of severe illness, frightened of dying, O Father, we pray for peace and trust in You.
For those anxious, depressed, addicted or in recovery, or recovering from the virus itself or something else, we pray for grace.
Those in a Hospital or Nursing Facility, those at Home recovering, those wondering if they should be tested for COVID-19, those who tested positive, those whose condition warrants medical intervention.
O Lord, Hear Our Prayer!
Prayers for the Sick, BCP p.458
For a Sick Person
O Father of mercies and God of all comfort, our only help in
time of need: We humbly beseech thee to behold, visit, and
relieve thy sick servant N. for whom our prayers are desired.
Look upon him with the eyes of thy mercy; comfort him with
a sense of thy goodness; preserve him from the temptations
of the enemy; and give him patience under his affliction. In
thy good time, restore him to health, and enable him to lead
the residue of his life in thy fear, and to thy glory; and grant
that finally he may dwell with thee in life everlasting; through
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Recovery from Sickness
O God, the strength of the weak and the comfort of sufferers:
Mercifully accept our prayers, and grant to your servant N.
the help of your power, that his sickness may be turned into
health, and our sorrow into joy; through Jesus Christ our
Prayers for use by a Sick Person, BCP p. 460-61
For Trust in God
O God, the source of all health: So fill my heart with faith in
your love, that with calm expectancy I may make room for
your power to possess me, and gracefully accept your
healing; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Lord Jesus Christ, by your patience in suffering you hallowed
earthly pain and gave us the example of obedience to your
Father’s will: Be near me in my time of weakness and pain;
sustain me by your grace, that my strength and courage may
not fail; heal me according to your will; and help me always
to believe that what happens to me here is of little account if
you hold me in eternal life, my Lord and my God. Amen.
O heavenly Father, you give your children sleep for the
refreshing of soul and body: Grant me this gift, I pray; keep
me in that perfect peace which you have promised to those
whose minds are fixed on you; and give me such a sense of
your presence, that in the hours of silence I may enjoy the
blessed assurance of your love; through Jesus Christ our
In the Morning
This is another day, O Lord. I know not what it will bring
forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be. If I
am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. If I am to sit still,
help me to sit quietly. If I am to lie low, help me to do it
patiently. And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly.
Make these words more than words, and give me the Spirit
Thanksgiving for a Beginning of Recovery BCP p.460
O Lord, your compassions never fail and your mercies are
new every morning: We give you thanks for giving our
brother (sister) N. both relief from pain and hope of health
renewed. Continue in him, we pray, the good work you have
begun; that he, daily increasing in bodily strength, and
rejoicing in your goodness, may so order his life and conduct
that he may always think and do those things that please
you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Poor and Neglected, BCP p.826
Almighty and most merciful God, we remember before you
all poor and neglected persons whom it would be easy for us
to forget: the homeless and the destitute, the old and the sick,
and all who have none to care for them. Help us to heal those
who are broken in body or spirit, and to turn their sorrow
into joy. Grant this, Father, for the love of your Son, who for
our sake became poor, Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For Those Who Live Alone, BCP p.829
Almighty God, whose Son had nowhere to lay his head:
Grant that those who live alone may not be lonely in their
solitude, but that, following in his steps, they may find
fulfillment in loving you and their neighbors; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.
For the Aged, BCP p.830
Look with mercy, O God our Father, on all whose increasing
years bring them weakness, distress, or isolation. Provide for
them homes of dignity and peace; give them understanding
helpers, and the willingness to accept help; and, as their
strength diminishes, increase their faith and their assurance
of your love. This we ask in the name of Jesus Christ our
Lord. Amen. Prayers
For Doctors and Nurses BCP p.460
Sanctify, O Lord, those whom you have called to the study
and practice of the arts of healing, and to the prevention of
disease and pain. Strengthen them by your life-giving Spirit,
that by their ministries the health of the community may be
promoted and your creation glorified; through Jesus Christ
our Lord. Amen.
Assist us mercifully, O Lord, in these our supplications and
prayers, and dispose the way of thy servants towards the
attainment of everlasting salvation; that, among all the
changes and chances of this mortal life, they may ever be
defended by thy gracious and ready help; through Jesus
Christ our Lord. Amen.