Heal us O Lord – Staring at the Serpent – A prayer against Corona Virus Disease

Christ with Crown of Thorns

Christ Crowned by Carl Heinrich Bloch

They traveled from Mount Hor along the route to the Red Sea, to go around Edom. But the people grew impatient on the way; they spoke against God and against Moses, and said, “Why have you brought us up out of Egypt to die in the wilderness? There is no bread! There is no water! And we detest this miserable food!”Then the Lord sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died.  The people came to Moses and said, “We sinned when we spoke against the Lord and against you. Pray that the Lord will take the snakes away from us.” So Moses prayed for the people.The Lord said to Moses, “Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.”  So Moses made a bronze snake and put it up on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten by a snake and looked at the bronze snake, they lived. Numbers 21:4-9

 

I was pondering the first reading from today March 31, 2020, known as the serpent on the staff.  Of course we all know this is a prefigurement of Christ on the Cross.  And it got me thinking about the situation with the Corona Virus or Covid19 today.  In this story we see the Israelites rebelling against God and it is that rebellion that brings their demise.  The Lord saves them by having them stare at the very thing that bit them.  I believe we are in a similar situation.  Time and again the further we remove ourselves from God, the more we bring down destruction upon ourselves and even the innocent get lost.

As I was pondering this, it occured to me that what saved them can save us too.  An action asked of them by God.  In Moses’ obedience to God the people were saved.  It is in our obedience that Christ saves us too.  In obedience to the will of God, the Saints have always meditated on His Passion and parts of His Passion.  It is in His Passion and death we get drawn into His heart and understand the depths of His love for us.  His love heals.  Perhaps if we meditate on the part of His passion where He endured a crown, like we are now, His Crown of Thorns, and look at it He will draw us closer and we will know who saves us.  I began to search to see if there was a devotion to the Crown of Thorns, a devotion that could perhaps, by our meditating upon it, save us from this wretched disease by drawing us closer to Him.

It turns out there is a devotion to the Crown of Thorns.  A devotion written in 1876 by a Passionist Father.  I decided with the help of my friend Ashley Blackburn to write a prayer in the hopes that the Lord would hear our pleas.

A Prayer against Corona Virus Disease to be said while meditating on the Crown of Thorns.

O Lord Jesus, hear us as we cry out to you. We have turned away from your Holy Face. We have separated ourselves from You by sinning against you.  Just as the Israelites complained against God in the desert and were bitten by the seraph serpents, we ask you save us as they were saved. 

Lord, we are being plagued by the Coronavirus, the “crown” disease that steals our breath; the very breath that you gave us and that sustains our life.  O Lord Jesus Christ, you suffered the Crown of Thorns during your passion and death on the cross, we implore you to protect and heal anyone who looks upon your Crown of Thorns so that they may be made pure of heart.  May your Suffering Crown be lifted up at this time, may your Holy Spirit come into our hearts to convict us of our sins, so that we may, with contrite hearts, seek your forgiveness and mercy.  Restore us to a place of piety.  Hide not your merciful heart from us.

Heavenly Father, renew our spirit and fill us with the breath of your Holy Spirit.  Help us belong to what is above.  We ask that anyone who meditates upon your Crown of Thorns and looks upon the suffering you endured for us be protected and healed from the effects of this disease and be reconciled to your most Sacred Heart.  In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

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11 Responses to Heal us O Lord – Staring at the Serpent – A prayer against Corona Virus Disease

  1. Lucy says:

    Litany to the Sacred Head of Jesus :
    (This was composed in France and has been in widespread use since 1937)

    Lord have mercy on us

    Lord have mercy on us

    Christ have mercy on us

    Christ have mercy on us

    Lord have mercy on us

    Lord have mercy on us

    Christ hear us

    have mercy on us

    God the Father of heaven

    have mercy on us

    God the Son, Redeemer of the world

    have mercy on us

    God the Holy Spirit

    have mercy on us

    Holy Trinity, One God

    have mercy on us

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Formed by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary,

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Substantially united to the Word of God

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Temple of Divine Wisdom

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Hearth of eternal clarities

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Sanctuary of infinite intelligence

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Providence against error

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Sun of heaven and earth

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Treasure of science and pledge of faith

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Beaming with beauty, justice and love

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Full of grace and truth

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Living lesson of humility

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Reflection of God’s infinite majesty

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Object of the delights of the heavenly Father

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Who received the caresses of the Blessed Virgin Mary

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    On whom the Holy Spirit reposed

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Who allowed a reflection of Thy Glory to shine on Tabor

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Who had no place on earth to lay

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    To whom the perfumed ointment of Magdalen was pleasing

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Who deigned to tell Simon that he did not anoint Thy Head when Thou entered his house

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Bathed in a sweat of blood in Gethsemane

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Who wept over our sins

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Crowned with thorns

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Disgracefully outraged during the passion

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Consoled by the loving gesture of Veronica

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Which thou inclined towards the earth at the moment Thou saved us by the separation of Thy Soul from Thy Body on the cross

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Light of every man coming into this world

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Our Guide and our Hope

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Who knows all our needs

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Who dispenses all graces

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Who directs the movements of the Divine Heart

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Who governs the world

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Who will judge all our actions

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Who knows the secrets of our hearts

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    That we want to make known and adored by the whole world

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    Who ravishes the angels and the saints

    Guide me in all my ways

    Sacred Head of Jesus

    That we hope to contemplate one day, unveiled

    Guide me in all my ways

    – I adore Thy Sacred Head , oh Jesus,

    – And I submit myself to all the decrees of Thine infinite Wisdom.

    Let us pray

    Oh Jesus, Who deigned to reveal to Thy servant Teresa Higginson Thine immense desire to see Thy Sacred Head adored, grant me the joy to make it known and honoured; let fall on my soul a ray of Thy light, in order that I may advance from clarity to clarity, conducted by Thine adorable Wisdom to the recompense promised to Thine elect. Amen.

  2. Lucy says:

    When He is lifted up….He will draw all things unto Himself !
    Lord Jesus … draw us into Your Glorious Cross ! Hold us ! Heal us ! Seal us !
    By the Sign of His Cross He has conquered death and all illness, including this Corona Virus !
    Christus Vincit ! Christus Regnat ! Christus, Christus Imperat !
    Behold the Cross of Jesus Christ ! Be gone you enemy powers because the Lion of the Tribe of Judah has conquered !
    FYI : a priest in France sent me this news item today. Belong is the link. We are being asked by Our Lady to place the Sign of the Cross upon our homes and upon ourselves with holy oil. This is per the apparition of Our Lady last Sunday at a convent in Syria :
    https://dimpenews.com/2020/03/30/thus-you-will-be-saved-by-the-pandemic-the-orders-of-the-virgin-for-the-elimination-of-the-covid-19-her-miraculous-appearance-to-a-nun-of-lady-saidnayas-covent-in-syria/

    • We were asked to place the Image of Divine Mercy on our doors. I did that and when I did I blessed the doorpost with Holy Oil. I will take a look at your article. Hope you’re well Lucy. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ot3tVMXnOzI&feature=share

      • joyfulhope20 says:

        I also put the Image of Divine Mercy on my front door and then was “inspired” to add the Image of the Holy Face from the Shroud of Turin right under it. Since the stay-at-home, more people are out walking so more people can gaze at them. “In contemplating Christ’s face we become open to receiving the mystery of Trinitarian life, experiencing ever anew the love of the Father and delighting in the joy of the Holy Spirit.” (Rosarium Virginis Mariae
        Since the churches are closed, the Good Shepherd must go out looking for His lost sheep (children). May none be lost.

  3. Fr. Joel Rogers, CPM says:

    BEAUTIFUL, SUSAN AND ASHLEY!!

  4. Lucy says:

    By His Wounds…. ours are healed….by Her sorrows ….they are revealed !

    Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us and help us to meditate deeply on the Fourth Sorrow today, using the words given to Luisa Piccarretta:

    “Oh, pang of your two Hearts! The soldiers notice it, and with blows and shoving prevent Mama and Son from exchanging the last good-bye. The torment of both is such that your Mama remains petrified by the pain, and is about to die. Faithful John and the pious women sustain Her, while You fall again under the Cross. Then, your sorrowful Mama does with Her soul that which She cannot do with Her Body, because She is prevented: She enters into You, makes the Will of the Eternal One Her own, and associating Herself in all your pains, performs the office of your Mother, kisses You, repairs You, soothes You, and pours the balm of Her sorrowful love into all your wounds!”

    Pere Eternel, par les larmes et les douleurs de la Vierge Marie, unis a la Passion de Jesus Christ, prends pitie de nous et du monde entier.

    Amen.

    • Jackie S K says:

      Thank you so much for this blog. It is a wonderful companion during the lockdown. It lifts me and I have shared it with family & friends. Your thoughts & prayer for the corona virus are powerful. May God bless and keep you all

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