His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, approved the text of a special prayer in connection with the threat of the spread of coronavirus.
With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Kirill, special prayers will be offered during the Divine Liturgy at all of the churches of the Russian Orthodox Church. Today, March 22, Third Sunday of Great Lent, the approved prayers will be read for the first time during the Patriarchal service.
Prayers during the Litany of Fervent Supplication of the Divine Liturgy, offered during the spread of the malicious plague:
“Again we pray to You, Lord Our God, for mercifully releasing us from the destructive contagion that has fallen upon us and free Your faithful people from spiritual and bodily death, give health to those who are suffering, give all of us Your divine protection and intercession, we pray to You, merciful Lord, hear us soon and have mercy.
Again we pray for easing the turmoil and fear of people, protect Your faithful people with firm hope, fill our hearts with peace and quiet, we pray to You, Lord, hear us and have mercy.”
Prayer during the spread of the malicious plague, is as follows:
O Lord Our God, do not judge Your servants, protect us from the destructive contagion that has fallen upon us. Have mercy on us, Your humble and unworthy servants, who are praying to You, Our merciful and good God, with heartily repentance and warm faith hoping for Your mercy.
It is You, Who has mercy on us and saves us, Our God, we glorify You, the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.