Praying for an end to the Pandemic

Bookmark this page for the latest links to the Rosary every day in May 2021 as we heed the invitation of Pope Francis to pray for the end to the global Pandemic. The Sunday Family Rosary, sponsored by The Leadership Institute every Sunday at 7:30, will continue throughout May as well.

Watch the Vatican's Live stream every day at Noon. 


If you miss the livestream, please use the handouts below to pray on your own. The individual shrines are live-streaming, but do not always record their streams.

Special Prayers for May

Pope Francis has asked that these two prayers be added to the end of the Rosary every day in May 2021. The prayers are below. Plus, you can download a pdf and print it for easy posting on your refrigerator or next to your computer!

First Prayer

O Mary,
You shine continuously on our journey
as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who, at the Cross,
united with Jesus’ pain,
keeping your faith firm.

You, Salvation of the Roman people,
know what we need,
and we trust that you will provide for those needs so that,
as at Cana of Galilee,
joy and celebration may return
after this moment of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the will of the Father
and to do what Jesus tells us.
He who took our suffering upon Himself,
and burdened Himself with our sorrows
to bring us, through the Cross,
to the joy of Resurrection. Amen.

We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas — we who are put to the test —
and deliver us from every danger. O glorious and blessed Virgin.

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Second Prayer

“We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God”.

In the present tragic situation, when the whole world is prey to suffering and anxiety, we fly to you, Mother of God and our Mother, and seek refuge under your protection.

Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic. Comfort those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are buried in a way that grieves them deeply. Be close to those who are concerned for their loved ones who are sick and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot be close to them. Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future and the consequences for the economy and employment.

Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the Father of mercies, that this great suffering may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew. Plead with your divine Son, as you did at Cana, so that the families of the sick and the victims be comforted, and their hearts be opened to confidence and trust.

Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the frontline of this emergency, and are risking their lives to save others. Support their heroic effort and grant them strength, generosity and continued health.

Be close to those who assist the sick night and day, and to priests who, in their pastoral concern and fidelity to the Gospel, are trying to help and support everyone.

Blessed Virgin, illumine the minds of men and women engaged in scientific research, that they may find effective solutions to overcome this virus.

Support national leaders, that with wisdom, solicitude and generosity they may come to the aid of those lacking the basic necessities of life and may devise social and economic solutions inspired by farsightedness and solidarity.

Mary Most Holy, stir our consciences, so that the enormous funds invested in developing and stockpiling arms will instead be spent on promoting effective research on how to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.

Beloved Mother, help us realize that we are all members of one great family and to recognize the bond that unites us, so that, in a spirit of fraternity and solidarity, we can help to alleviate countless situations of poverty and need. Make us strong in faith, persevering in service, constant in prayer.

Mary, Consolation of the afflicted, embrace all your children in distress and pray that God will stretch out his all-powerful hand and free us from this terrible pandemic, so that life can serenely resume its normal course.

To you, who shine on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope, do we entrust ourselves, O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.

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Praying the Rosary

We have included instructions and even a downloadable resource.

How to Pray the Rosary

1. While holding the crucifix, make the Sign of the Cross and say the Apostles’ Creed.

2. On the first bead and all the single beads, say an Our Father.

3. Pray one Hail Mary on each of the next three beads for an increase in faith, hope, and charity.

4. On the next single bead, pray the Glory Be.

5. Before praying the next set of ten beads (called a decade), first meditate on the first mystery. Announce the mystery, imagine the event, and begin to meditate on it by itself or in association with whatever matter the mystery brings to your heart.

6. Pray an Our Father.

7. Pray a Hail Mary on the first bead of the decade, and on each following bead.

8. After praying the decade, pray the Glory Be. You may also want to add the Fatima invocation.

9. Reflect on the second mystery, then pray an Our Father on the next single bead.

10. Pray the Hail Mary on the next ten beads. Repeat the sequence around the rosary.

11. At the end of the last decade, pray the Hail Holy Queen. [During the month of May, the Holy Father has asked the faithful to also pray the two prayers found above.]

12. Make the Sign of the Cross.

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Sunday Family Rosary

Join us every Sunday night at 7:30 pm (even during May) to pray the Rosary together. All are welcome and families of all shapes and sizes are encouraged to take turns leading us in prayer.

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