Church Bells Call Us To Prayer Five Times Daily!
Cardinal Cupich is asking Catholic parishes to ring their church bells five times a day, as a means of calling all to unite in prayer during the COVID-19 pandemic. The prayer times will begin at 9 a.m. on March 21, and continue every three hours each day, with the last bells rung at 9 p.m. Each of the five prayer times will be dedicated to a specific group particularly affected by the pandemic.
“Our hope is that people will have the experience of being united in prayer, especially at a time when we are isolated,” said Cardinal Cupich. “We invite our neighbors throughout the archdiocese to join in pausing and lifting up in prayer all affected, so they will know of our support. And if a parish does not have bells, we encourage parishioners to set their alarms to remind them to stop for a moment and unite in prayer,” the cardinal added.
The archdiocese will provide short prayer intentions on its website and social media pages in three languages — English, Spanish and Polish — with a special intention of the day announced at the daily Mass aired on the archdiocesan website and on its Twitter account.
Prayers and intentions can be found here.
For more information, please visit archchicago.org.
9 a.m. – Prayer for those infected with the virus and all who are ill
Lord, place your healing hand on those who suffer illness. Bring them to full health and ease their anxious
hearts. May our prayer and the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary encourage them that they are not
alone. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN
12 p.m. – Prayer for health care workers and those attending to the sick
Lord, we are ennobled by those who put their lives at risk in caring for the sick. Keep them safe and embolden
them when they are weary. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN
3 p.m. – Prayer for first responders and essential workers
Lord, we pray for those who run to danger to keep us safe and those who serve the common good. Embrace
them with your mantle of protection and comfort the fears of their families. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN
6 p.m. – Prayer for people of every nation and their leaders
Lord, the pandemic opens our eyes to see each other as brothers and sisters in one human family. We pray for
people of every nation and their leaders, asking that they be inspired to seek the good of all and quell the
voices of division. We ask this in Jesus’ Name. AMEN
9 p.m. – Prayer for those who have died today
Lord, we grieve the passing of our sisters and brothers who have died this day. We commend them to your
tender mercy, confident that nothing, not even death, will separate us from your love. We ask this in Jesus’