The COVID-19 pandemic has been exhausting—physically, mentally, and even spiritually. But we know that God told us to bring all our cares to Him so that He can carry our burdens and restore peace to our hearts. Paul reminded the Christians at Philippi of that directive, writing, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6). Peter offered similar advice to believers: “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). So for those days when worry and fear are overwhelming and we just can’t find the right words, PETA LAMBS has compiled a list of prayers of hope and healing for all sentient beings.

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‘A Prayer for Those Who Are Ill With Coronavirus’

Father God, You are the ultimate Healer. Father, we come before You to pray for those infected with this virus. We pray for not only their healing but for them to be comforted while they heal. Lord, please eradicate every ounce of this virus from their bodies. Please heal every cell in their bodies, every infected part of their being. We pray for no lasting effects in their bodies from this illness. Father, please heal them inside and out and provide them with the medical care they need, with the medications they need, and with the healing not only physically but spiritually so that they may live life and life abundantly ahead. In Jesus’ name, Amen

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Prayers for Animals

Heavenly Father, our human ties with our friends of other species is wonderful and special gift from You. We now ask You to grant our special animal companions your Fatherly care and healing power to take away any suffering they have. Give us, their human friends, new understanding of our responsibilities to these creatures of Yours. They have trust in us as we have in You; our souls and theirs are on this earth together to give one another friendship, affection, and caring. Take our heartfelt prayers and fill Your ill or suffering animals with healing Light and strength to overcome whatever weakness of body they have.

(Here mention the names of the animals needing prayer.)

Your goodness is turned upon every living thing and Your grace flows to all Your creatures. From our souls to theirs goodness flows, touching each of us with the reflection of Your love. Grant to our special animal companions long and healthy lives. Give them good relationships with us, and if You see fit to take them from us, help us to understand that they are not gone from us, but only drawing closer to You. Grant our prayer through the intercession of good St. Francis of Assisi, who honored You through all Your creatures. Give him the power to watch over our animal friends until they are safely with You in eternity, where we someday hope to join them in giving You honor forever. Amen.

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Merciful Lord, touch (animal’s name) with Your gentle hand of healing and comfort. We pray that You would supernaturally deliver her of her symptoms and heal the underlying cause. We also pray that You would use veterinarians, medicines, and natural means to bring her once more to good health. Grant us wisdom and compassion as we care for her as Your stewards. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Heavenly Father,

You created all things for your glory

And made us stewards of this creature.

If it is your will,

restore (animal’s name)

to health and strength.

Blessed are you, Lord God,

And holy is your name for ever and ever.

Amen.

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Prayers to Care for the Earth and Nature

Lord, grant us the wisdom to care for the earth and till it.

Help us to act now for the good of future generations and all your creatures.

Help us to become instruments of a new creation,

Founded on the covenant of your love.

Courtesy of Jesuit Resource
Two white lambs lying on grass looking back at camera

O Lord, grant us the grace to grow deeper in our respect of

And care for your Creation.

Lord, hear our prayer.

O Lord, help us to recognize the sacredness of all of your

Creatures as signs of your wondrous love.

Lord, hear our prayer.

O Lord, help us turn from the selfish consumption of

Resources meant for all and to see the impacts of our

choices on the poor and vulnerable.

Lord, hear our prayer.

Courtesy of Jesuit Resource

Follow this link for helpful information on caring for animal companions during the pandemic.

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