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Call to Virtual Prayer

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

The Feast of St. John Baptist de La Salle

All Lasallians are invited to join in virtual community through Zoom video conferencing to pray for our brothers and sisters effected by COVID-19 coronavirus.

JOIN THE PRAYER HERE

Here’s some basic instructions:

  1. The day of the prayer group, you will click the Zoom Meeting link above.
  2. A new webpage should open in your web browser, and the Zoom program will ask “Open Zoom Meetings?” Click the Open Zoom Meetings button to confirm.
  3. The Zoom program should access the webcam and its microphone. You will see your video feed pop up, as well as a dialog box asking if you would like to “Join Audio Conference by Computer.” Click this button and the meeting should start, using the audio coming from your camera/computer microphone.
  4. (NOTE: The system may start you off with your audio muted. Check the bottom left hand corner to make sure you microphone is not set to MUTE. Toggle as necessary)
  5. At the top right, there will be a menu on the screen that allows you to “Enter Full Screen” and also toggle between a participant mode, and a speaker mode. Choosing the speaker mode, will only display the video feed that is speaking. The participant mode shows all video feeds, best for the call.

from Faith and Worship

A pandemic is the time the world discovers who its neighbour really is – when we begin to embrace the concerns of others who are suffering with coronavirus, as well as deal with our own fears and anxieties. When we reach out to those whose need is greater than ours, the elderly and vulnerable, and do all that we can to become ‘community’, then we are being true followers of Christ.

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. The second (Commandment) is this: Love your neighbour as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:30,31)

For all whose day starts with anxiety,
as they leave the security of home
worrying about the risk of infection;
particularly those whose health
or age classifies them as vulnerable.
Loving God, be close, keep them safe,
along with all whose tasks today
includes the care of frail and elderly.
And for all of us, grant wisdom
to make sensible choices, not just
for ourselves, but for everybody.

Gracious God, let us never forget,
as daily life becomes more difficult
and restrictions cause annoyance,
that there are many for whom
this has been normality for years;
affected by long-term drought
or destructive storms; struggling
in poverty, or through violence
forced to adopt the life of refugee.
May we remember to be thankful
for what we have, and work together
selflessly for all who need our help.

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A Prayer Amid an Epidemic

by Kerry Weber

Jesus Christ, 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.

Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.

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

Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.

Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.

Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.

Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.

Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace.

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. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.

Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.

Jesus Christ heal us.

(Source: America Today)

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by Kerry Weber

Jesus Christ, 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.

Heal those who are sick with the virus. May they regain their strength and health through quality medical care.

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

Heal us from our pride, which can make us claim invulnerability to a disease that knows no borders.

Jesus Christ, healer of all, stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.

Be with those who have died from the virus. May they be at rest with you in your eternal peace.

Be with the families of those who are sick or have died. As they worry and grieve, defend them from illness and despair. May they know your peace.

Be with the doctors, nurses, researchers and all medical professionals who seek to heal and help those affected and who put themselves at risk in the process. May they know your protection and peace.

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. May they know your peace, as they work together to achieve it on earth.

Whether we are home or abroad, surrounded by many people suffering from this illness or only a few, Jesus Christ, stay with us as we endure and mourn, persist and prepare. In place of our anxiety, give us your peace.

Jesus Christ heal us.

(Source: America Today)

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Prayers & Reflections from Our Lasallian Family