Praying to Saint Corona to help Cure Covid 19, Corona Virus
‘St Corona, save us from COVID-19’: Kerala Catholics pray to little-known saint reports ‘This week India’
The Indian news outlet has reported that in the midst of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, pandemic, that some Catholics in Kerala, a state on the southwestern Malabar Coast of India are seeking the help of St Corona. Many consider Saint Corona to be the patron saint of epidemics and pandemics.
The word corona actually means ‘crown’ in latin and may depict the spikey form of the virus when observed under a microscope.
Depictions of St Corona, along with a prayer to her in the local language of Malayalam, have been shared widely on WhatsApp groups and other forms of social media. Physical boards have been built with prayers written on.
According to This week India’, Antony Nariculam, rector at the Pontifical Seminary at Mangalapuzha in Ernakulam district, too, has not heard about St Corona’s ordination as the patron saint of pandemics. “Usually, a saint is considered as the patron of something if his or her life is connected to that particular matter. In case of St Corona, there seems to be nothing more than the namesake,” he said.
Over the centuries, St Corona was often prayed to by people seeking her help in times of trouble, be it heavy storms or livestock diseases.
People believed she had a positive influence regarding money matters, with ‘coronae’ (crowns) being the name given to coins. As a result, treasure-hunters often invoked her name. In view of how Covid-19 has triggered an economic crisis, with many people fearful about money matters looming ahead, it might not be at all far-fetched for them to call on the saint for support.
Saint Sabastian, Saint Rocco and Saint Edmund are saints more commonly prayed to for intervention in epidemics.
Meanwhile health professionals around the world continue to urge everyone to wash hands frequently, socially distance and stay at home, to slow the spread of virus.
In the Catholic Church’s calendar of saints, her holiday is 14th May. KNA reports some experts say it just might be by then that the light at the end of the pandemic tunnel will be in sight.