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About this picture …

This painting in the Catacombs of Marcellinus and Peter in Rome dates from the fourth century, and shows the woman with a persistent haemorrhage who was healed by Jesus. See Mark 5:25-34.

In Time of Pestilence

These two prayers, in nicely-turned King James era English, were published by the Russian Church at the onset of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020.

A Prayer During the Spread of Devastating Pestilence

O LORD our God, enter not into judgement with Thy servants, and compass us about with protection from the devastating pestilence stirred up against us. O kind-hearted Lord Who art inclined toward benevolence, have compassion on us, Thy humble and unworthy servants, who fall down before Thee with broken hearts and hope in Thy mercy.

For Thine it is to show mercy and to save us, O our God, and unto Thee do we send up glory: to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.


AGAIN we pray Thee, O Lord our God, that Thou mightest mercifully protect us from the devastating pestilence stirred up against us, and deliver Thy faithful people from spiritual and physical death; grant unto the sick healing and health, and unto all of us Thy divine protection and help; we pray Thee, O kind-hearted Lord, quickly hearken and have mercy.

Again we pray, that Thou mightest pacify the troubles of men and every fearful thing, compass Thy faithful about with firm hope, and instill in our hearts quietude; we pray Thee, O Lord, hearken and have mercy.*

* These prayers were published on March 21st, 2020, on the website of the The Patriarchate of Moscow. The elegant Reformation-era English is the Patriarchate’s work.