We invite you to pray with us for frontline caregivers.

The 2020 coronavirus pandemic has brought into stark relief the courageous, ongoing, and whole-self sacrifice of frontline caregivers, those who care for the sick and their families in hospitals and the community.

The pandemic has multiplied the physical, mental, emotional and spiritual risks and stressors and is jeopardizing the health, and often the very lives of these dedicated caregivers.

The Diocese of Pennsylvania lay and clergy members have come together to address these realities. Our mission is to provide prayer and support for Frontline Caregivers.

 

Office of the Night Watch

Based off “The Night Offices” by Phyllis Tickle

 

The Call to Prayer

 

Behold now, bless the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, *

         You that stand by night in the house of the Lord.

Lift up your hands in the holy place and bless the Lord;*

         The Lord who made heaven and earth bless you out of Zion.

                                                                                 -Psalm 134

 

O God make speed to save us,

O Lord make haste to help us.

 

Greeting

 

You are my God, and I will thank you*

         You are my God, and I will exalt you    -Psalm 118:28

 

Psalm

 

You shall not be afraid of any terror by night,*

         Nor of the arrow that flies by day

 

To you I lift up my eyes,*

         To you enthroned in the heavens.

As the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters,*

         And the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,

So our eyes look to the Lord our God,*

         Until he shows us his mercy.

Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy, *

         For we have had more than enough of contempt,

Too much of the scorn of the indolent rich,*

         And of the derision of the proud.     -Psalm 123

 

You shall not be afraid of any terror by night,*

         Nor of the arrow that flies by day

 

A Reading from Genesis

 

Then Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day.  Now when He saw that He did not prevail against him, He touched the socket of his hip; and the socket of Jacob’s hip was out of joint as He wrestled with him. And He said, “Let Me go, for the day breaks.”

But he said, “I will not let You go unless You bless me!”

 So He said to him, “What is your name?”

He said, “Jacob.”

 And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.”

Then Jacob asked, saying, “Tell me Your name, I pray.”

And He said, “Why is it that you ask about My name?” And He blessed him there.

So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: “For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.” Just as he crossed over Penuel the sun rose on him, and he limped on his hip.

 

The Word of the Lord

Thanks be to God

 

<silence for reflection>

 

The Litany

 

For the peace from above, for the loving-kindness of God, and for the salvation of our souls, we pray to the Lord

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

For the peace of the world, for the welfare of the Holy Church of God, and for the unity of all peoples, we pray to you, O Lord.

 

Lord, in your mercy hear our prayer.

 

For the leaders of the nations and for all in authority, we pray to the Lord.

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

For the aged and infirm, for the widowed and orphans, and for the sick and the suffering, we pray to you, O Lord.

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

For the poor and the oppressed, for the unemployed and the destitute, for prisoners and captives, and for all who remember and care for them. We pray to the Lord.

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer.

 

 

At this time, in the night watches, we pray for all first responders, all healthcare workers, all patients suffering from Covid, for all social workers, and for all teachers.  We especially pray for

 

-Martha, caregiver in a North Carolina nursing home

-Ed, hospitalized patient whose roommate has been diagnosed with coronavirus

-Janelle, in-person teacher and family member of quarantined patient

-Ann, nursing home patient exposed to coronavirus

-Billy, nurse on Covid floor in Manhattan

-Ann, nursing home patient diagnosed with C/virus moved to unfamiliar facility to quarantine

-Donald, Melania and company

-Brian T. in his battle with brain cancer and for his loved ones and caregivers.

-Arlene

-The nurses on 5 Lenfest

-For all patients with Covid, especially those who are alone in isolation and for the caregivers. 

-For all who have died from Covid-19 and for the loved ones they leave behind in grief

 

<silence>

 

For all who have commended themselves to our prayers, for our families, our friends, our neighbors, for else should we pray <silence>; that being freed from anxiety, they may live in joy, peace, and health, we pray to you, O Lord.

 

Lord in your mercy, hear our prayer. 

 

For all who have died in the hope of the resurrection, and for all the departed. We pray to the Lord.

 

Lord, in your mercy, hear our prayer

 

Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or

weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who

sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless

the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the

joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.

 

Now guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep, we may rest in peace.

 

Lord, you now have set your servant free to go in peace as you have promised; for these eyes of mine have seen the Savior whom you have prepared for all the world to see:  A Light to enlighten the nations, and the glory of your people Israel.  Amen

 

Now guide us waking, O Lord, and guard us sleeping; that awake we may watch with Christ, and asleep, we may rest in peace. Amen.

 

+The almighty and merciful Lord, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,

bless us and keep us.+ Amen.