Families live out their vocation as the domestic Church. Nourish your family spiritually during the pandemic. Let us make our homes a sacred space, where God dwells. Find resources for prayers, devotions and liturgies that you can use at home during this pandemic here.
Let us take advantage of this somewhat strange time to welcome and live the Spirit in our homes and rediscover the wealth and the gift of our domestic Churches together with Jesus, who lives with us. (Card. Farrell, March 19, 2020).
This global pandemic has disrupted our usual Sunday observances from gathering for the celebration of the eucharist and visiting loved ones, to sharing meals and playing games together. Creating a domestic horarium can help you and your family mark the Lord's day and stay grounded in your Christian identity in this time of flux. (S. Brosig, March 2020).
Petition regarding COVID 19
Petition for the Prayer of the Faithful
For all those suffering worldwide from the coronavirus whether in sickness or from loss,
for frontline medical professionals treating those who are ill,
for all leaders advising, devising, and implementing measures to slow the spread of infection and keep people safe,
and for the comfort of all who are isolated, lonely, and fearful,
let us pray to the Lord:
God our Father
We come to You in our need
to ask Your protection against COVID-19
that has claimed lives
and has affected many
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Spiritual Communion Prayer
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
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Prayer to Our Lady, Health of the Sick
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.
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The Seven Sorrows of Mary
The Sign of the Cross
The Act of Contrition –
O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because of Thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, Who art all-good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasions of sin.
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Prayer for a Safe Environment
Let us pray
Good and Gracious God
Hear the humble prayer of your people as we implore your mercy for the wrong that has been committed and the harm that has been done.
Bring healing to all who have suffered abuse and restore them to fullness of life.
Grant the spirit of repentance and penitence to all who have broken sacred trust and abused your beloved children. Reconcile us to one another and never allow us to be parted from you.
We ask this through our Lord, Jesus Christ, your son, who has freed us from sin and death, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Prayer adopted from the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference
Prayer for our Church in these Difficult Times
In every age, you have been our refuge.
Yet again and still, we stand before you
asking for your protection on your holy Church.
For the victims of abuse and their families,
pour out your healing and your peace.
For the Bishops of this country,
continue to inspire their decisions,
and guide them with your Spirit.
For the thousands of good and faithful priests,
who have followed your call to serve you and your people in holiness,
sustain them by your grace.
For the faithful who are angry, confused, and searching for answers,
embrace them with your love,
restore their trust,
console them with your clear Gospel message,
and renew them with your sacraments.
We place our Church in your hands,
for without you we can do nothing.
May Jesus, our High Priest and true compass,
continue to lead her in every thought and action –
to be an instrument of justice,
a source of consolation,
a sacrament of unity,
and a manifestation of your faithful covenant.
Grant this through that same Jesus Christ, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
From the National CWL Website
Used with permission from the author Rita Thiron, Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commission