Bishop Mark Seitz, of the Catholic Diocese of El Paso, blessed the cities of El Paso, Juarez and Las Cruces, in an appeal to God and the Blessed Mother to help us amid this worsening pandemic.
Our families, friends and community are seeking numbers on the rise. Almost every day for the last two weeks, we have been met with daily numbers of over 1,000 of new COVID-19 cases being announced. Some are lucky and can recover. Others, sadly, lose their lives to this disease.
It is my prayer, and the prayers of millions, that we will see this pandemic, and COVID-19, pass.
Let us pray:
For all who have contracted coronavirus,
We pray for care and healing.
For those who are particularly vulnerable,
We pray for safety and protection.
For all who experience fear or anxiety,
We pray for peace of mind and spirit.
For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety,
We pray for policies that recognize their plight.
For those who do not have adequate health insurance,
We pray that no family will face financial burdens alone.
For those who are afraid to access care due to immigration status,
We pray for recognition of the God-given dignity of all.
For our brothers and sisters around the world,
We pray for shared solidarity.
For public officials and decisionmakers,
We pray for wisdom and guidance.
Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope, comfort and love to all.
Be with us, Lord.
Covid-19: A Prayer of Solidarity: From the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
These are the photos I took while covering the Bishop’s blessing: