Covid-19 Offerings from Northern Nevada's Interfaith Community

April 11, 2020: Offering from Renown Health Spiritual Center

Blessings for Healthcare Workers and the Nation

Blessed are the ones who cannot be isolated.
Blessed are the doctors, nurses, chaplains, and hospital staff.
Blessed are the hands that are raw from scrubbing and sanitizing.
Blessed are the shoulders that carry the weight of life and death.
Blessed are the feet that are aching from standing at bedside and running between rooms.
Blessed are the hearts that are frightened and breaking.
Blessed are the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers, partners and friends who cannot go home.
Blessed are those who sacrifice their own comfort so that we need not be alone in our suffering.
Blessed are those who look upon this sacred work as gift.
Blessed are those who have had enough.
Blessed are those who are overwhelmed.
Blessed are those who lack the space to process all that lies ahead.
Blessed are those weeping in secret corners of an emergency room so that we might see a strong face to meet our need.
Blessed are those who weep openly with us, so that even our tears have companions.
Blessed are you, O God: quietly holding each one of us along the way.

Adapted from ” A Blessing for Healthcare Workers in a Time of Pandemic”
from St Mary’s College in Indiana

God our Sanctuary, gather us when separated into your presence.
God our Physician, heal those who have contracted the virus.
God our Comforter, embrace all who mourn the dead.
God our Homeland, sustain all who are quarantined.
God our Friend, accompany all who are alone or afraid.
God our Guardian, protect physicians and nurses.
God our Hope, assist researchers searching for a vaccine.
God our Mighty Fortress, preserve our societies from devastation.
God our Governor, guide the leaders of nations toward wise policies.
God of Everlasting Arms, in you we live and move and have our being.
God our Creator, make once again a world of sabbath rest.
God our Savior, redeem the suffering world by your cross.
God our Light, shine your radiant peace into our darkness.

Adapted from “O God in our global distress”
by Gail Ramshaw

Submitted by Chaplain Brent Hoy-Bianchi
Renown Health
Covid-19 Offerings from Northern Nevada's Interfaith Community

April 8, 2020: Offering from Reno Buddhist Center

Buddhist Protection and Healing Blessing

Kannon Bodhisattva, inside your Mothering arms 
We seek protection from destructive forces that surround 
Protect the mind from hurtful thoughts and images 
Protect the mouth from speaking harsh and unnecessary words 
Protect the body from physical harm 
Protect our home from the energy that seeks to destroy 
Protect children and guide them to be of strong heart and mind in the face of adversity 
Protect our spirit and guide us this day 
For strength and power we find in you. 
Deep in our bones Kannon is alive, 
Deep in our cells and blood Life Force is strong, 
Deep in our heart and spirit, 
We believe healing will come. 
Abundant Life Force of the Universe flow in all of us, 
Banish this disease. 
From the blood, bones, and cells of all those afflicted 
We visualize healing now…We are healing now… 
Your Bodhisattva force is strong and healing now … 
A warm blanket of infinite compassion for the world! 

Submitted by the Revs. Matthew and Shelley Fisher
Resident Priests, Reno Buddhist Center