There are three new prayers, written this past week, as we face the unknowns and perils of coronavirus. One is for medical science. One is for safe travel. One is for healing.
Healing from Coronavirus is for people whove contracted or have been exposed to the coronavirus, including those who might contract the disease in the future.
Source of healing,
Cast the light of health and well-being
On those whove been exposed to coronavirus,
Those who have contracted the disease,
And those G-d forbid who contract the disease in the future.
Bless them, protect them and bring them speedily to full recovery.
Bless all who are ill
With healing of body
Healing of soul
And healing of spirit.
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Baruch atah Adonai, mkor chayim.
Blessed are You Adonai, Source of life.
Travelers Prayer in a Time of Pandemic incorporates the perils of modern life with the dangers listed in the classic formulation of tfilat haderech, the travelers prayer.
May it be Your will,
G-d of our fathers and mothers,
That we journey in peace
And return in peace,
Safe from the ancient hazards of travel
Enemies, thieves, ambushes and wild beasts
And safe from modern perils
Plane crashes and traffic wrecks,
Scammers and con artists,
Infectious disease and quarantine
So that our travel serves it highest purpose,
And we reach our destination and return home
In joy, life and health.
Grant us grace in Your eyes
And in the eyes of all whom we meet.
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Baruch atah Adonai, shomea tfila.
Blessed are You Adonai, Who hears prayer.
Coronavirus: A Prayer for Medical Scientists is for the wisdom and skill of medical scientists, researchers and public health officials around the world fighting the disease and all diseases plaguing the planet.
G-d of wisdom,
Bless medical scientists and researchers around the world
With insight and skill, dedication and fortitude,
As they combat coronavirus,
So that their work yields knowledge and understanding,
Speedily finding a vaccine, treatments and deterrents to its spread.
Source of life,
Grant public health and government officials
The strength to act swiftly and decisively,
With compassion and understanding,
In service to humankind,
Fighting this outbreak
And the other diseases that still plague the planet,
Diseases threatening the lives of our brothers and sisters,
Nations and communities,
Young and old.
Rock of Ages,
Bring an end to disease and suffering,
So that all may know
Your compassion and Your grace.
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Praised are You G-d, healer of flesh, maker of wonders.
About the Author
Alden Solovy is the Liturgist-in-Residence at the Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. A liturgist, poet, and educator, his teaching spans from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem to Limmud UK and synagogues throughout North America. He's the author of This Grateful Heart: Psalms and Prayers for a New Day and has written more than 750 pieces of new liturgy. His new book, "This Joyous Soul: A New Voice for Ancient Yearnings," was published in 2019. He made aliyah in 2012.
Healing from Coronavirus, Travelers Prayer in a Time of Pandemic, and Coronavirus: A Prayer for Medical Scientists are © 2020 Alden Solovy and tobnedlight.com.