Pope Francis invites pastors and faithful of all Christian communities and denominations to “gather spiritually” to pray for an end to the coronavirus pandemic.
Pope Francis on Wednesday renewed his invitation to the faithful following his General Audience to “gather spiritually to invoke God with the Lord’s Prayer” for an end to the coronavirus pandemic.
The announcement, first made after his Sunday Angelus, invites “Pastors of the various Christian Communities, together with the faithful of the various denominations” to unite their “voices of supplication to the Lord in these days of suffering.”
“Shortly, at midday, we Pastors of the various Christian communities, together with the faithful of the various denominations, will gather spiritually to invoke God with the recitation of the Our Father. Let us unite our voices to beseech the Lord in these days of suffering, as the world is sorely tried by the pandemic. May the Lord, good and merciful, grant the concerted prayer of His children who, with trustful hope, turn to His omnipotence.”
“Dear brothers and sisters,” Pope Francis said, “today we have gathered together, all the Christians of the world, to pray together the Our Father, the prayer that Jesus taught us.”
The Pope’s invitation to join him in prayer was livestreamed at midday, Rome time, from the Library of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican.
This is his prayer:
“As trustful children we turn to the Father. We do it every day, several times a day; but right now we wish to beg mercy for mankind, so sorely tried by the coronavirus pandemic. And we do this together, Christians of every Church and Community, of every tradition, of every age, language and nation.
We pray for the sick and their families; for health workers and those who help them; for the authorities, law enforcement agencies and volunteers; for the ministers of our communities.
Today many of us celebrate the Incarnation of the Word in the womb of the Virgin Mary, when her humble and total “Behold” reflected the “Behold” of the Son of God. We too entrust ourselves, with full confidence, to the hands of God, and with one heart and one soul we pray:
Prayer on Friday
The Pope also reiterated his invitation to participate spiritually, through the media, in the moment of prayer at which he will preside the day after tomorrow, Friday, at 6 pm Rome time, in front of Saint Peter’s Basilica.
The Word of God and the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be followed by the Pope’s “Urbi et Orbi” blessing, associated with the plenary indulgence.
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