Stella Coeli (“Star of Heaven”)

A traditional Portuguese prayer for times of pestilence, which became popular once again in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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A prayer against sickness

The Star of Heaven that nourished the Lord drove away the plague of death which the first parents of man brought into the world. May this bright Star now vouchsafe to extinguish that foul constellation whose battles have slain the people with the wound of death. O most pious Star of the Sea, preserve us from pestilence; Hear us, O Lady, for Thy Son honours Thee by denying Thee nothing. Save us, O Jesus, for whom Thy Virgin Mother supplicates Thee.