How do we witness to our faith when we cannot gather to celebrate Mass or the Sacraments? The following prayer is a wonderful reminder that even the simple act of wearing a facemask can be a powerful witness of Christian love and our commitment to protect others and to safeguard God’s most precious gift, the gift of life. It was written by the Right Rev Richard Bott, current Moderator of the United Church of Canada.
as I prepare to go into the world,
help me to see the sacrament in the wearing of this mask -
let it be "an outward sign of an inward grace" -
a tangible and visible way
of living love for my neighbours,
as I love myself.
since my lips will be covered,
uncover my heart,
that people will see my smile
in the crinkles around my eyes.
Since my voice may be muffled,
help me to speak clearly,
not only with my words,
but with my actions.
as the elastic touches my ears,
remind me to listen carefully -
and full of care -
to all those I meet.
May this simple piece of cloth
be a shield and banner,
and may each breath that it holds,
be filled with your love.
In your Name and in that love,
May it be so. Amen.