English Texts for Mass in the Time of Pandemic

Released 2nd April 2020

This Mass can be celebrated, according to the rubrics given for Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions, on any day except Solemnities, the Sundays of Advent, Lent, and Easter, days within the Octave of Easter, the Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls’ Day), Ash Wednesday and the days of Holy Week.

Entrance Antiphon  Is 53:4

Truly the Lord has borne our infirmities, and he has carried our sorrows.


Almighty and eternal God, our refuge in every danger,
to whom we turn in our distress;
in faith we pray
look with compassion on the afflicted,
grant eternal rest to the dead, comfort to mourners,
healing to the sick, peace to the dying,
strength to healthcare workers, wisdom to our leaders
and the courage to reach out to all in love,
so that together we may give glory to your holy name.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, for ever and ever. Amen

Prayer over the Gifts

Accept, O Lord, the gifts we offer in this time of peril.
May they become for us, by your power, a source of healing and peace.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen

Communion Antiphon

Come to me, all who labour and are burdened, and I will refresh you, says the Lord. (Mt 11:28)

Prayer After Communion

O God, from whose hand we have received the medicine of eternal life,
grant that through this sacrament
we may glory in the fullness of heavenly healing.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen

Prayer over the People

O God, protector of all who hope in you,
bless your people, keep them safe, defend them,
prepare them, that, free from sin and safe from the enemy,
they may persevere always in your love. Through Christ our Lord. Anen

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