Day of Prayer, and Works of Charity

Posted on May 12, 2020

The Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue has invited believers of all religions and all people of goodwill to observe a Day of Prayer, Fasting, and Works of Charity on Thursday, May 14th to implore divine help in overcoming the coronavirus pandemic.  Please see suggestions for prayers and practices below.


–        May 14th is the Feast of St. Matthias. For Mass and Liturgy of the Hours, the readings and prayers of the feast are to be used.

–        You may include a petition for this day in the Prayer of the Faithful. A sample petition, adapted from the Pontifical Council’s letter, follows: That through today’s works of prayer, fasting, and charity, all believers may be fruitful witnesses of the greatness of faith in God that unites divided hearts and elevates the human soul.

–        For the concluding prayer of the Prayer of the Faithful, you could use the Collect of the Mass in Time of Pandemic: 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.


–        Resources on fasting can be found here and also shared with parishioners.

Works of Charity

–        Encourage parishioners to engage in works of charity that respect the shelter-at-home and social distancing requirements. Some examples are below:

o   Make a phone call or a video call to someone you know who lives alone.

o   Give alms in the form of an online monetary donation to some charity, parish, or the Diocese.


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