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Coronavirus Prayer

Church of England coronavirus prayers

As the world continues to face the challenges and sadness of the coronavirus pandemic and its results, we believe in a God who wants to hear and respond to our prayers.

Here are some topics you may want to consider in your prayers for our community, nation and world. Click on them to find more suggestions of how you may want to pray:

The Diocese of Sheffield has created a webpage here giving ideas specifically on how and what to pray during the pandemic. 

God listens to us when we talk with him, whatever words we use. However, sometimes it is hard to know what to say or how to begin.  At the bottom of this page are a few prayers from the Church of England which may help

God wants to bless us, our city, nation and world. This prayer from the emPower website is a blessing for the city of Sheffield. Written before the pandemic, it is still a powerful prayer over our city and can be used or adapted as part of your own prayers.

These YouTube clips may also help your prayers.


Prayers about the outbreak

Keep us, good Lord,

under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.

In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to tend the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.


God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through him who suffered alone on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.


For those who are ill

Merciful God,
we entrust to your tender care
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold them safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


For hospital staff and medical researchers

Gracious God,
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.

Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.


From one who is ill or isolated

O God,
help me to trust you,
help me to know that you are with me,
help me to believe that nothing can separate me 
from your love
revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord.


For the Christian community

We are not people of fear:
we are people of courage.

We are not people who protect our own safety:
we are people who protect our neighbours’ safety.

We are not people of greed:
we are people of generosity.

We are your people God,
giving and loving,
wherever we are,
whatever it costs

For as long as it takes
wherever you call us.

Barbara Glasson, President of the Methodist Conference