Further advice of the Irish Bishops in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus
The motivation for these new restrictive measures is a sense of care for the common
good and especially for those most vulnerable. Each Christian community should be
acutely aware of the responsibility to care for those who are most at risk. For
example, even where it may not be appropriate to visit the elderly, a simple telephone
call to enquire about their needs could mean so much to them.
CARE FOR ONE ANOTHER DURING THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC
In these difficult and uncertain times, people find strength, consolation and hope
This is an occasion for all of us – especially in families - to pray more intensely
for each other and especially for those who have been directly affected by the illness.
We should pray also for those in frontline services – especially doctors, nurses
and medical staff and other carers, including clergy – that the Lord will protect
them as they serve their communities.
Christ with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ in me, Christ beneath
me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down, Christ when I arise, Christ in the heart of everyone who
thinks of me, Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me, Christ in every eye
that sees me, Christ in every ear that hears me.
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled
to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To
you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer. Amen.