COVID-19, Hand Washing and Prayer


With the threat of COVID-19 in the air, anxieties are running high. Everyone’s anxious for themselves, for loved ones, and for the toll it will take on the economy and the world. Since we’re all supposed to be washing our hands more often and more vigorously, why not use the time for prayer and give over some anxieties and concerns to the Lord? It’s better than endlessly singing “Happy Birthday.”


Many religious traditions, among others, have ceremonial hand-washing prayers, and it’s a practice we can all adopt in our homes and at work. Here are some starters:

  • praise for the grace of clean water, soap, and the modern miracle of access to good hygiene
  • confession of our anxieties about sickness, the economy, our own income, and our world
  • intercession on behalf of those who are sick or in quarantine as well as those who are at risk or in danger
  • petition for the safety and health of family, friends, coworkers, and others in our community
  • blessing on doctors, nurses, emergency responders, and others on the front line of health care.

In this way, we must “bear with one another” (Col 3:13) and let the peace of Christ into our hearts.


Excerpt from: Dr. Adam C. English