During his General Audience on Wednesday 18 March, Pope Francis put his support behind the Italian Bishops’ call for prayers in the face of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. Pope Francis affirmed that he would be praying for and with the country in these trying times.
Pope Francis said, “I join in the appeal of the Italian bishops who in this health emergency have promoted a moment of prayer for the whole country. Every family, every faithful, every religious community: all united spiritually tomorrow [Thursday] at 9 p.m. in the recitation of the Rosary, with the Mysteries of Light. I will accompany you from here. We are led to the luminous and transfigured face of Jesus Christ and His Heart by Mary, Mother of God, health of the sick, to whom we turn with the prayer of the Rosary, under the loving gaze of Saint Joseph, Guardian of the Holy Family and of our families. And we ask him to take special care of our family, our families, especially the sick and the people who are taking care of them: doctors, nurses, and volunteers, who risk their lives in this service.”
The website Where Peter Is has put together a printable help sheet for praying the Rosary during the Coronavirus pandemic.
The print sheet includes Pope Francis’s Prayer to Mary during the Coronavirus Pandemic, which he offered during Mass at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Divine Love near Rome, a prayer to St Michael and a prayer to St Joseph.
You can find the resource here and below:
With thanks to Where Peter Is.