The Congregation for Divine Worship is asking priests to say a special prayer during this years Good Friday liturgy, adding a new intention to the Solemn Intercessions during the Celebration of the Lord’s Passion. In a decree dated March 30th, the CDW says:
“The Celebration of the Passion of the Lord on Good Friday this year has a particular significance because of the terrible pandemic that has stricken the whole world.”
Entitled “for the afflicted in time of pandemic,” the new prayer is below for all who wish to implore God to end the pandemic and care for all affected by COVID-19.
“Let us pray also for all those who suffer the consequences of the current pandemic, that God the Father may grant health to the sick, strength to those who care for them, comfort to families and salvation to all the victims who have died.
[Continues after a moment of silent prayer]
Almighty ever-living God, only support of our human weakness, look with compassion upon the sorrowful condition of your children who suffer because of this pandemic; relieve the pain of the sick, give strength to those who care for them, welcome into your peace those who have died and, throughout this time of tribulation, grant that we may all find comfort in your merciful love. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
A separate decree also proposed a new votive Mass with a special intention to “specifically to implore God to end this pandemic,” to be celebrated daily except on solemnities, Advent Sundays, Lent and Eastertide, Holy Week, the Octave of Easter, Ash Wednesday, and All Souls’ Day.
The Collect of the new votive Mass, the Opening Prayer, is below:
“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.”
You can read the full rubric for the new votive Mass here.