The sudden shift of several areas to enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) due to the COVID-19 Delta variant is tough for Filipinos. We have been facing challenges as we continue to deal with the drastic changes caused by the pandemic.
Many feel worried, anxious, and hopeless in struggling to survive another round of ECQ. It is never easy for everyone, especially healthcare workers, frontliners, and people who need to put food on the table.
With that, Bishop Jesse E. Mercado, D.D encouraged Filipinos and invited all parishes to recite this prayer from August 6 to 20 after the 6 p.m. Angelus. Let us pray for the safety and health of everyone in overcoming all these difficulties during the ECQ. (Read: Catholic Diocese Launches Prayer Platform for COVID-19 Patients)
Prayer of Hope in Time of COVID-19 Lockdown
Merciful God, we place our trust in You as we battle the threat of the COVID-19 virus, especially of the new Delta variant. We pray that You protect us from hopelessness and helplessness.
Grant us wisdom to work towards effective solutions. Wipe our tears and allay our fears. Help us brave the uncertainties that come our way.
Grace our health workers, doctors, and nurses with your loving embrace so that they may find strength and meaning in their noble vocation.
Enlighten the minds of our government officials so that they may prioritize the essentials, and steer our country to safety and security.
May these weeks of lockdown teach us to be more prudent and to be more responsible in following protocols for the safety of our family and country, which are blessings you have entrusted to our care.
This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer from the Diocese of Parañaque.