Oratio Imperata [Mandated Prayer]
The oratio imperata, which means obligatory prayer for a special intention, is an old Catholic tradition. The Pope or the Bishop of a diocese may require this prayer to be said during Masses in all parishes. Common reasons for the religious invocation of the prayer are natural calamities such as storms, snow, and drought, while other more rare circumstances which call for the prayer are war, plague, and the disruption of public peace in society. This prayer is preferably recited kneeling and can also be prayed individually.
ORATIO IMPERATA for COVID 19 (To be prayed every day at 12 noon & 8 pm)
God our Father, we come to you in our need to ask your protection against the COVID 19 that has disturbed and even claimed lives. We pray that you guide the people tasked to find cures for this disease and to stem its transmission. Protect the medical experts that they may minister to the sick with competence and compassion. We pray for those afflicted. May they be restored to health soon. Protect those who care for them. Grant eternal rest to those who have died. Give us the grace in this trying time to work for the good of all and to help those in need. We implore you to stop the spread of this virus and to save us from our fears. Grant all these through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever. Amen.
We fly to Your protection, O Holy Mother of God. Do not despise our petition in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen. Our Lady, health of the sick, pray for us. St. Raphael the Archangel, pray for us. St. Rock, pray for us... (One might implore his/her favorite saint/s)