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A Prayer for the Global Health Crisis

God is our refuge and strength; A very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1

Our God who is with us, Emmanuel, we come to you asking you for your assistance, and to lend your ear in this time of distress.

Hear, our prayer O Lord.

As you lifted once a paralyzed man from his bed, we ask you to come and visit us, and raise our bodies and spirits.

Hear, our prayer O Lord.

Grant to us the gift of your Holy Spirit, that our bodies and souls may be protected from infirmity.

Lord, Have mercy.

And we pray for those who are now suffering from this disease: we beseech you, O Lord, to visit them, encourage them, and heal them according to your great lovingkindness.

Lord, Have mercy.

As you once listened to the cry of the Canaanite woman, we beseech you to hear our voice, for every country hit hard by this disease, and specially: China, Iran, Italy, South Korea, and many other places in Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Americas.

Lord, Have mercy.

And we pray Lord for the families, friends, and medical personnel who care for the sick, and for those who are being monitored.

Be their Rock of Ages.

Please bless all scientists, researchers, public health officials and governments who seek and prescribe treatments, and for those who are working toward a vaccine.

Be their wisdom!

 And for all of us, Lord, guide us so that this may be a time of reflection and good will to work to eradicate the diseases that threaten our bodies, and the hate that threatens our souls.

Lord, Have mercy.

O God our help in ages past, the God who heals and comforts; our Maker, and the Maker of wonders; the one who alone is worthy to be praised: incline your ear to us, and grant, in your mercy, the prayers of your people.

Amen.

 

I was Glad / Me Alegré Carlos Colón

I had the joy of leading a Vespers service with Mariachi Ágape of San Antonio at the Calvin Symposium of Worship. We opened with this musical setting inspired by Psalm 122. You can find the music in GIA’s bilingual hymnal, Santo/Santo/Santo. Thank you to Maestros Juan Bautista Ortiz and Isaac Ortiz for their gracious leadership. And also to Brian Hehn for the video.