Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera, Archbishop of Mexico City, asked his city to begin a Novena to the Mother of God for an end to the swine flu and for wisdom for leaders who must make decisions for prevention and assistance in the spread of disease. The Novena began on Sunday. He also asked people to observe the guidelines to prevent the illness from spreading. Catholic News Service has an article in English.
Catholic News Agency published an English translation of the prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe:
Holy Mary of Guadalupe:
You love us with special tenderness,
You watch over us with maternal intercession
And you always grant us your efficacious help.
We implore your protection and aid
To quickly overcome this epidemic
That has affected our nation.
Shelter us under your mantle,
Deliver us from this illness.
Intercede for all leaders
And those who must make decisions,
That they may have the wisdom to establish measures and priorities
For prevention and the assistance of the entire nation
And especially for those who are most vulnerable.
Grant us prudence and serenity
In order to act responsibly
And thus avoid being infected or infecting others.
Come to the aid of health care workers
Watch over the recovery of the infirm
And give comfort to those who are in mourning.
Mother of the True God for whom we live,
You who have rescued us from other plagues,
Commend us to the mercy of the One who healed us by his wounds
And freed us from death by his Resurrection.
Teach us to unite our suffering to his
In order to find its redemptive meaning
And to come out of this adversity
Strengthened in faith, hope and love. Amen.