OPENING PRAYER (COLLECT) and the PRAYER OF BLESSING OVER THE PEOPLE said during special Masses celebrated during times of pandemics.
COLLECT: Almighty and eternal God, our refuge in every danger, to whom we turn in our distress; in faith we pray look with compassion on the afflicted, grant eternal rest to the dead, comfort to mourners, healing to the sick, peace to the dying, strength to healthcare workers, wisdom to our leaders and the courage to reach out to all in love,... so that together we may give glory to Your Holy Name. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever.
PRAYER OF BLESSING OVER THE PEOPLE: O God, protector of all who hope in You, bless Your people, keep them safe, defend them, prepare the, that, free from sin and safe from the enemy, they may persevere always in Your love. Through Christ our Lord.