Prayers & Reflections

From Pope Francis

Vatican News

Pope Francis’ special Urbi et Orbi blessing โ€” On March 27, 2020, Pope Francis gave an extraordinary blessing “to the City and to the World” to pray for an end to the pandemic. ๐ŸŒŽ News story / Homily full text: English ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ and Spanish ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ

Litany of Supplication from the Extraordinary Urbi et Orbi blessing โ€” During his March 2020 “Urbi et Orbi” blessing, Pope Francis prayed a newly composed “Litany of Supplication” that can be used during and after the pandemic. English ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ / Spanish ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ

Prayer to Mary During the Pandemic โ€” On March 11, 2020, Pope Francis celebrated a special Mass and act of prayer asking Mary to protect Italy and the world during the pandemic. Prayer text: English ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

Resource Collections

Resources for Prayer and Engagement during Coronavirus โ€” Many people are understandably experiencing uncertainty and anxiety due to the spread of COVID-19. Recognizing these changes likely leave us even more in need of Godโ€™s grace, The USCCB and other Catholic partners have generously made their resources available to support prayer during these difficult days. From Catholic Current and the USCCB. ๐ŸŒŽ Visit website

Prayer and Connection in Times of Crisis โ€” As events continue to evolve, so do our efforts to bring prayer and spiritual resources that will help you stay connected to each other and to God. We’re hopeful that the free resources and virtual offerings on this page help maintain community and bring hope to the Church during this time. From LTP. ๐ŸŒŽ Visit website

Prayer Services

Prayer Service for Protection from Illness โ€” courtesy of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. ๐Ÿ“„ Download PDF

A New Birth to a Living Hope: Praying through the COVID-19 Pandemic โ€” This simple, three-part format for prayer is offered for individuals, families, and online groups who wish to pray aboutโ€”and throughโ€”the COVID-19 pandemic. During this time of distancing and separation, it is important to remember that we are always united as members of the Body of Christ, especially when we pray, and in communion with the saints, who continue to intercede on our behalf. Courtesy of Steve Janco of Alverno College. ๐Ÿ“„ Download PDF in English ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ / ๐Ÿ“„ Download PDF in Spanish ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ๐Ÿ‡ฒ๐Ÿ‡ฝ

Penance & Reconciliation

Pope Francis on what to do when you can’t confess to a priest โ€” In an Instagram post, Pope Francis explains what one can do when, because of pandemic restrictions, confessing to a priest is not possible. โ–ถ๏ธ Instagram video in Portuguese ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท with English ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ subtitles

Video: Forgiveness of Sins โ€” An overview of forgiveness by the Rev. Christopher Seibt of the Diocese of Syracuse. โ–ถ๏ธ YouTube video

Prayer Cards

Prayer to Our Lady of Prompt Succor โ€” courtesy of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. ๐Ÿ“„ Download PDF

Prayer of Perfect Contrition, Act of Contrition, Pledge of Future Reconciliation and Prayer of Spiritual Communion Card โ€” courtesy of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. ๐Ÿ“„ Download PDF

Hospital Prayer Card for Priests โ€” courtesy of the Archdiocese of New Orleans. ๐Ÿ“„ Download PDF

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