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COVID19 Prayer

With the blessing of His Eminence, the Most Reverend Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, we are providing you with this prayer to print out, post somewhere in your home, and read daily. Normally, this is read by the priest as part of the “Molieben Sung in Time of Devastating Epidemic and Deathbearing Pestilence”. Metropolitan Hilarion has blessed all the laity to read this prayer while we are in the worldwide pandemic of Covid-19.  

You may find the entire service in The Great Book of Needs, Vol. IV, published by St. Tikhon’s Seminary Press, South Canaan, Pennsylvania, 1999. If your Church or priest do not have this 4- volume set, it is a wonderful gift item. There is also a smaller, pocket edition that is very much appreciated as a gift as they can take it to homes, hospitals, etc.

Prayer in Time of Devastating Epidemic & Deathbearing Pestilence

Lord our God, look down from Thy Holy Heaven on the
supplication of us, Thy sinful and unworthy servants, who
have angered Thy graciousness by our transgressions, and have
provoked Thy deep compassion, and enter not into judgement
with Thy servants. But do Thou turn aside Thy fearsome anger
that hath justly seized us, appease the destructive threatening,
avert Thy terrible sword that, although invisible, cutteth us
grievously, and spare Thy poor and needy servants. Enclose not
with death the souls of us who have fallen down in repentance
with broken hearts and tears before Thee, our kindhearted,
condescending, and accommodating God.

For Thine it is to show mercy and to save us, O our God,
and unto Thee do we send up glory: to the Father, and to
the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

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