SMO/SMP Faith Community,
On Sunday 3 May the Vatican’s Higher Committee of Human Fraternity supporting Pope Francis’ prayer appeal put forth a prayer initiative appealing to all religious people and all of good will to participate on Thursday 14 May in a Day of prayer, fasting, and works of charity to implore God to aid humanity in overcoming the coronavirus pandemic. On Thursday 7 May the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops called for Catholics throughout the United States to observe this Thursday 14 May, Day of Prayer for Humanity.
Day of Prayer for Humanity
Dear fellow believers and brothers and sisters in humanity, Our world is facing at the moment a great danger that threatens the lives of millions of people around the world due to the growing spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. While we reaffirm the role of medicine and scientific research in fighting this pandemic, we should not forget to seek refuge in God, as we face this severe crisis. Therefore, we call upon all peoples around the world to pray according to each one’s respective religious convictions, to observe fast, and to do good deeds to end this pandemic. May each of us, wherever we are, and according to the teachings of our own respective faith traditions and philosophies, seek divine help to rescue ourselves and the entire world from this adversity, to inspire scientists to find a cure for the virus and to save the whole world from the health, economic, and human repercussions of this serious pandemic. As part of its efforts to realize the objectives of the Document on Human Fraternity, the Higher Committee of Human Fraternity proposes Thursday, 14 May 2020 as a Day of prayers, fasting and works of charity for the good of all humanity. In this regard, the Committee invites all religious leaders and peoples around the world to respond to this call together; to beseech God, the Almighty to safeguard the entire world, to help us overcome this pandemic, to restore security, stability, health, and prosperity, so that, once this pandemic-crisis is over, our world may become a better place for humanity and for human fraternity than ever before.
Below is the Collect Prayer of the Mass in Time of Pandemic
(All are welcome to include this prayer in their daily devotions on May 14)
Almighty and eternal God, our refuge in every danger, to whom we turn in our distress; in faith we pray look with compassion on the afflicted, grant eternal rest to the dead, comfort to mourners, healing to the sick, peace to the dying, strength to healthcare workers, wisdom to our leaders and the courage to reach out to all in love, so that together we may give glory to your holy name. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.