For Government Officials

Daily Prayers for an end to the Coronavirus Pandemic

Today we pray for those people who work in government. We pray for all those people who must make difficult decisions during this time of pandemic.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Lord, Have Mercy.       Lord, Have Mercy.

Christ, Have Mercy.    Christ, Have Mercy.

Lord, Have Mercy.       Lord, Have Mercy.

Lord, Hear Us.        Lord, Hear Us.

Lord, Graciously Hear Us.     Lord, Graciously Hear Us.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours, now and forever. Amen.

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

A reading from the gospel of Matthew.

Then the Pharisees went off and plotted how they might entrap him in speech. They sent their disciples to him, with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are a truthful man and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. And you are not concerned with anyone’s opinion, for you do not regard a person’s status. Tell us, then, what is your opinion: Is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” Knowing their malice, Jesus said, “Why are you testing me, you hypocrites? Show me the coin that pays the census tax.” Then they handed him the Roman coin. He said to them, “Whose image is this and whose inscription?” They replied, “Caesar’s.” At that he said to them, “Then repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” When they heard this they were amazed, and leaving him they went away.   

The gospel of the Lord.  Praise to You, Lord Jesus Christ.

Lord, you know we are suffering economically because of the impact of the COVID-19 virus. We pray for all those government officials who must make decisions to keep us all safe. Give them your wisdom, and help them to serve the common good.

Lord, for the president of the United States, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, for other world leaders, that they may know the right decisions to make, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, for governors of states, that they may serve the people, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, for mayors of cities, that they may serve their citizens generously, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, for members of the Senate and the House, that they may keep the needs of the most vulnerable ever before them in their decisions, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, for state legislators, that they may be attentive to the needs of the people they serve, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, for local legislators, that the needs of the citizens of their city, especially the poor and marginalized, may be their utmost concern, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, for those health officials who must make difficult decisions for the safety of all people, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, that nations may put aside their differences to work together to end this pandemic, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, for those responsible for teaching children and supporting teachers, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, that those charged with voting on economic relief will remember the needs of the most vulnerable in their decisions, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, that appropriate funds be allocated by legislators and governments for those who have lost their jobs and need help for food, medicine and other basic needs, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, for government officials who regulate safety in restaurants, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, for those who must enforce laws people choose not to follow, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, that in the midst of this pandemic we may set aside partisan differences to serve the common good, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, for those who have to make decisions about how to allocate scarce supplies of medical equipment, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, for those leaders who must inspire us to bring out the good in each other and in ourselves, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, that leaders may help us to sacrifice in the interest of the common good, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, that the wealthy may set an example of generosity for all of us, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, for those who oversee regulation of day cares and schools, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, for hospital oversight boards, that they may see all are provided with what they need, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, for those who oversee mobile Coronavirus testing centers, for their safety, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, governments that operate ambulance and EMT services, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, for governments who are responsible for caring for the homeless and other vulnerable populations, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, for the gift of balance for all who work in government, that they may serve the common good in the many ways demands are placed upon them, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, for government officials who are faced with no good choices, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, for government officials who are overwhelmed by their responsibilities, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, for government officials who feel unsupported during these times of crisis, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, for government officials who are threatened for making the right decision, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, that citizens may realize the challenges faced by government officials, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, that citizens may be able to consider the needs of others, and not just their own, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, that citizens may not only consider the needs of their own nation, but of all those who are made in the image and likeness of God, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, that citizens may be able to check remotely on their fellow citizens who are poor, elderly or in need, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, that governments may work to make corporations consider first the needs of the poor and vulnerable, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, that governments enact laws that protect the safety of all, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, that governments consider the outcast, the marginalized, the refugee, the person who is most vulnerable, for that person is Christ, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

Lord, that governments may enact laws that are just, Teach your wisdom, O Lord.

A Litany of Saints

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us.

Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.

Our Lady of Perpetual Help, pray for us.

Our Lady of Knock, pray for us.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.

Our Lady of the Annunciation, pray for us.

St. Albert the Great, pray for us.

St. Joseph, pray for us.

St. Sebastian, pray for us.

St. Francis of Assisi, pray for us.

St. Maximilian Kolbe, pray for us.

St. Thomas Aquinas, pray for us.

St. Margaret of Scotland, pray for us.

St. Bonaventure, pray for us.

St. Francis de Sales, pray for us.

St. Scholastica, pray for us.

St. Cosmas, pray for us

St. Gemma Galgani, pray for us.

St. Damian, pray for us.

St. Ursula, pray for us.

St. Aloysius Gonzaga, pray for us.

St. Gregory the Great, pray for us.

St. Giles, pray for us.

St. Jude, pray for us.

St. John Baptist de la Salle, pray for us.

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, pray for us.

St. Martin de Porres, pray for us.

St. Therese of Lisieux, pray for us.

St. Frances Cabrini, pray for us.

From all sickness, deliver us O Lord.

From all suffering, deliver us O Lord.

From all pain, deliver us O Lord.

From all illness, deliver us O Lord.

From all chronic conditions, deliver us O Lord.

From all infections, deliver us O Lord.

From all injuries, deliver us O Lord.

From all struggle, deliver us O Lord.

From all disease, deliver us O Lord.

From all anxiety, deliver us O Lord.

From all fear, deliver us O Lord.

From a feeling of helplessness, deliver us, O Lord.

From all worry, deliver us O Lord.

From all sadness, deliver us O Lord.

From all depression, deliver us O Lord.

From all despair, deliver us O Lord.

From all temptation, deliver us O Lord.

From all sin, deliver us O Lord.

From all oppression, deliver us O Lord.

From all poverty, deliver us O Lord.

From all selfishness, deliver us O Lord.

From all callousness, deliver us O Lord.

From all indifference to those in need, deliver us O Lord.

(Please pause to pray for specific intentions and people.)

Let us pray.

Dear God, You told us to give to Caesar what belonged to Caesar, and to You what belongs to You. We know that we depend upon you for everything, even our very existence. Help us to respond to your grace so that we may elect officials who seek to uphold the natural law in justice. Help government officials to call upon You in their need, when they are overwhelmed by the decisions they must make. In everything, assure them of your faithful presence. Help us all to trust in you more. We ask this prayer in the name of your Son Jesus who lives with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

May almighty God bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us safely to everlasting life. Amen.

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