Official Prayers For Use During the Coronavirus Epidemic

April 01, 2020

The Moscow Patriarchate (Russian Orthodox Church) recently announced the adoption of official prayers for use by clergy and the faithful during this time of the global COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. These prayers have been approved by His Holiness, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia.

Although we are a parish of the Serbian Orthodox Church, may we nevertheless join our Orthodox brothers and sisters throughout the world in interceding for salvation and mercy before our compassionate God!

Prayer to be read in a time of the spread of the harmful epidemic:

O Lord our God, enter not into judgment with Thy servants and save us from the disastrous epidemic coming upon us. Have mercy on us, Thy lowly and unworthy servants, who in repentance, with fervent faith and broken heart, prostrate ourselves before Thee, O God, merciful and ordaining every good change, trusting in Thy mercy.

For Thy property 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. 

Supplications to be read out during the Litany of Fervent Supplication at the Divine Liturgy in a time of the spread of the harmful epidemic:

Again we pray unto Thee, O Lord our God, for mercy and salvation from the disastrous epidemic coming upon us, for the deliverance of Thy faithful people from spiritual and bodily death, for the healing and health of the diseased, and for Thy divine protection and help, we pray unto Thee, O merciful Lord, hearken soon and have mercy.

Again we pray for the pacification of confusion and every fear among people, for the protection of Thy faithful by firm faith, for the fulfillment of our hearts with peace and quietness, we pray unto Thee, O Lord, hearken and have mercy.


These prayers are compliments of the Press Service of the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia / DECR Communication Service. The prayers above were slightly edited for readability.