Short Prayers for Tough Times
This entry does not need a lot of explaining, as we know many people are getting stressed out over the coronovirus crisis. Here are a few short prayers you might find helpful. Ask God to protect you and all your loved ones!
A very short prayer, but powerful because it is invoking the Holy Name—say it often: Jesus, I trust in you!
A similar prayer from the Divine Mercy chaplet: O Blood and Water, which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus as a font of mercy for us, I trust in You!
Another prayer from the Divine Mercy chaplet: Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself.
A prayer we say as a community, whenever there is an urgent need: Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, and sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen. O Mary, in thee we trust. O Mary, in thee we trust. O Mary, in thee we trust.
A prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours: Lord, we beg You to visit this house and banish from it all the deadly power of the enemy. May Your holy angels dwell here to keep us in peace, and may Your blessing be upon us always. Amen.
Don’t forget your Guardian Angel! He has been assigned by God to help you in all your needs. If you don’t pray to him daily, now is a good time to start: Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God’s love entrusts me here, ever this day be at my side, to light and guide, to rule and guard. Amen.
And there is Saint Michael, the guardian of the whole Church: Saint Michael, our holy protector, pray for us.
And don’t forget Saint Joseph, head of the Holy Family, who is likewise another special protector of Holy Church; some invocations from his Litany: Saint Joseph, solace of the afflicted, pray for us. Saint Joseph, hope of the sick, pray for us. Saint Joseph, patron of the dying, pray for us. Saint Joseph, terror of demons, pray for us. Saint Joseph, protector of Holy Church, pray for us.
There are many, many other wonderful prayers that you can find on the internet. The important thing is to turn to God, to speak to Him from your heart, and to trust that He is there, and wants to use this crisis to draw you to Himself, and to help you realize what is really important in life. May God bless you!