Diocese of Derry


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Prayer resources for use during the Coronavirus pandemic

The following prayers and resources have been made available by the Irish Catholic Bishops Conference. They are offered to assist us all during the threat of the coronavirus.

Prayer message from Irish Catholic Bishops' Conference 

This is an occasion for all of us – especially in families – to pray more intensely for each other and especially for those who have succumbed to the illness. We should pray also for those at the frontlines – especially doctors, nurses and medical staff and other carers, including clergy – that the Lord will protect them as they place their own wellbeing at risk in the service of all. 

Prayers during the coronavirus pandemic

Pope Francis' Prayer to Mary during the coronavirus pandemic

O Mary,
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus' pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the Roman People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.

Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

Extract from Saint Patrick's Breastplate

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.


Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary,
that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection,
implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided.
Inspired with this confidence,
I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother.
To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful.
O Mother of the Word Incarnate,
despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer. Amen.


a Mhaighdean Mhuire róghrámhar,
nár chualathas trácht ar éinne
riamh a chuir é féin
faoi do choimirce
ná a d'iarr cabhair ort
ná a d'impigh d'idirghuí
is gur theip tú air.

Lán de mhuinín asat, dá bhrí sin,
rithimse chugat, a Mhaighdean
na maighdean is a Mháthair.
Is chugatsa a thagaim,
is os do chomhair a sheasaim,
i mo pheacach bocht atuirseach.
Ó a Mháthair an Aonmhic,
ná diúltaigh do m'urnaithe
ach éist leo go trócaireach agus
freagair iad. Ámén.

Prayers at home when gathering for Mass on St Patrick's Day is not possible

The following resource Praying at Home With Saint Patrick is offered to you so that, even in the absence of public Mass, you can celebrate Saint Patrick's Day prayerfully, with your family, wherever you are.

If possible, prepare a suitable prayer space with a crucifix, holy picture or even a simple candle.

We hope that, if possible, you might also participate in one of the many Masses being celebrated all over Ireland on webcam, or parish radio.

Mass services on Radio

Radio Maria

Radio Maria are broadcasting 24hours a day, with daily Mass at 10am. Radio Maria is available on: Saorview channel 210 online Radio Maria.
Radio Maria Ireland mobile app
Radio Maria-Ireland Facebook page.

Mass services on Television 


Please check the RTÉ website for details of Television Mass broadcasts:
Click: www.rte.ie

Vatican Television

During these days, Pope Francis has arranged for his celebration of daily Mass to be televised from the Vatican. The broadcast is simultaneously translated into the English language.
Click: vaticannews

Here also is the Vatican YouTube channel
Click: Vatican YouTube


Eternal Word Television Network is a Catholic television station which broadcasts from the USA programmes some of which are produced or presented by Irish priests and religious, including daily Mass. EWTN is available on Sky TV (Channel 588) and free to view online:
Click: ewtnireland.com/
Click: ewtnireland.com/television/
Click: ewtnireland.com

Shalom TV

Is a Catholic television station which broadcasts live from Rome including daily Mass celebrated by Pope Francis. It is available free to view on some digital television networks and via the internet. It’s also accessible via on the Shalom World TV mobile app
Click: shalomworld.ie

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Contact Info

Diocesan Offices
St Eugene’s Cathedral
Francis Street, Derry
BT48 9AP | Tel: 028 7126 2302

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