African Catholic Bishops have composed a prayer to be recited by Catholics against the dreaded Coronavirus continue to pose enormous threat globally.
With no fewer than 3,000 people dead and no fewer than 100,000 others infected in no less than 75 countries across the world, the African Catholic Bishops said they have composed prayer for faithfuls against the raging Coronavirus.
The bishops who spoke under the aegis of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar (SECAM) urged faithful to pray against the virus.
The bishops in the statement also advised the public to adhere strictly to the instructions being given by both the civil and ecclesiastical authorities regarding the novel coronavirus.
The statement said, “We express our sympathy for and solidarity with those who are infected and affected by this strange epidemic and pray that an effective and affordable treatment of this disease may soon be found.
“In the meantime, we strongly urge our people to adopt the highest level of preventive measures to curb the spread of this disease.
“We also ask that they pray for those infected and affected by this disease and for a quick end to the scourge of the coronavirus,” the statement said.
The bishops also suggested prayers that their faithful could say for a quick end to the virus thus:
“Almighty and merciful Father, who shows your love to all creation, we come before you asking for a quick control of the Coronavirus currently ravaging our world.
“Hear graciously the prayers we make for those affected by the virus in various parts of the world.
“Grant healing to the sick, eternal life to the dead and consolation to the bereaved families.
“We pray that an effective medicine to combat the sickness be speedily found.
“We pray for the relevant Governments and Health Authorities that they take appropriate steps for the good of the people.
“Look upon us in your mercy and forgive us our fallings.
“We ask this through our Lord Jesus. Amen’’