PANDEMIC

LITANY TO THE SACRED HEART

Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father,
Formed in the womb of the Virgin Mother by the Holy Spirit,
United substantially to the Word of God …
Inspire our care for each other.
Fill our children and youth with understanding,
Pregnant mothers with hope and vision,
Families with courage and gentleness.

Heart of Jesus, of infinite majesty.
Holy temple of God.
Tabernacle of the Most High.
House of God and gate of heaven …
Nourish our growth in faith
In this time of seclusion.
Dispel our discouragement and fear.
Strengthen our hope.

Heart of Jesus, glowing furnace of charity.
Vessel of justice and love.
Full of goodness and love.
Inspire all actions that further world peace
And that endeavor to end abuse, prejudice and judgment.
Make us seekers of truth
So that our world may be aglow with the fire of love.

Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues.
Most worthy of all praise.
King and center of all hearts …
In whom we find the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
In whom dwells all the fullness of God …
Inspire world leaders and decision makers
during this pandemic
To respect the common good,
To strengthen health and safety
To encourage understanding and trust.
Guide research, science and art to uncover healing
That will bring safety and freedom.

Heart of Jesus, in whom the Father was well pleased.
Of whose fullness we have all received.
Tenderly hold doctors, nurses and health care personnel.
Calm the fears of essential workers,
The worries of those burdened with job or business loss.
May we know the joy of your delight and faith in us.

Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills.
Patient and rich in mercy.
Rich to all who call upon Thee.
Bless our planet and every form of life.
Help us discover better ways to sustain all life,
To seek knowledge and unity in global concern
To bring balance to our needs
with those of all living creatures.

Heart of Jesus, fount of life and holiness,
Expiation for our offenses,
Overwhelmed with reproaches,
Bruised for our iniquities,
Obedient even unto death,
Pierced with a lance,
Source of all consolation …
Inspire our willingness to forgive.
Give us patience to endure suffering,
Optimism to see a new beginning,
Imagination to envision a better way.

Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection,
Our peace and reconciliation,
Victim for our sins,
Salvation of those who hope in You.
Hope of those who die in You
Delight of all …
Console our grieving.
Lovingly hold our beloved deceased in eternal peace.
Inflame our faith, our dreams and our living
With deep and abiding joy. Amen.