Resources for Prayer When Public Worship is not Possible

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19 March 2020 Update 5 – Prayer Spaces At Home

18 March 2020 Update 4 Blessing of Daffodils in a Time of Pandemic for Mother’s Day

And here is the text of the above prayer:

Blessing for daffodils

– A Mother’s Day Prayer in a Time of Pandemic

Daffodils are placed in a vase in front of those praying:

Lord of the dance,

as we wander on our earthly pilgrimage

we know moments when we float like clouds

not knowing the way ahead.

You remind us by simple signs that you are beauty.

In all that is simple and beautiful

we see that you are as a mother to us, 

continuous as the stars that shine.

We praise you for these golden daffodils,

that they may be signs 

of  gratitude to all who are mothers in your world:

our mothers and those who show a mother’s love.

Fill our hearts with pleasure,

that in the breezes and winds of life we may dance with the daffodils

and bring a mother’s love to all we meet.

We make our prayer 

through Jesus, who loved moments of solitude,

and who lives and reigns with you, 

God for ever and ever.  Amen.

18 March 2020 Update 3:

A list of online prayer resources from Fr John-Francis Friendship:

ONLINE PRAYER RESOURCES

Churches TV

www.churchservices.tv/

A range of daily services and other resources from around the UK.

Coptic Church in Britain

birminghamcopts.org/

The Egyptian Orthodox offer some excellent resources via this website.

Daily Meditations – Richard Rohr

cac.org/category/daily-meditations/

Developed by this well-known Franciscan this site is well-stocked with useful information including a Daily Meditation for active contemplatives

Daily Prayer – Church of England

www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer

Available in both contemporary and traditional forms for all times of day.

Daily Prayer – Universalis (Roman Catholic)

universalis.com/

Mobile phone app. Offering Morning, Midday and Evening Prayer together with information about the day.

Diocese of London

www.london.anglican.org/articles/author/communications/

Offers resources for those unable to attend church (see 12.03.20)

Sacred Space

www.sacredspace.ie/content/about-sacred-space

A ministry of the Irish Jesuits.  The pages guide you through sessions of prayer in six stages culminating in reflection on a scripture passage for the day.

The Ordinary Office – alone together

anordinaryoffice.org.uk/

Designed to be as accessible for the disabled and able-bodied. 

World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM)

wccm.org/

A global and inclusive contemplative family founded by Dom John Main offers resources for meditation

Fr John-Francis Friendship has produced this helpful booklet on ways of praying:

Finally, from Fr John-Francis an alternative (to the one below) Act of Spiritual Communion, using some imaginative, Ignatian type elements:

Update 2: A simple form of prayer for making a Spiritual Communion at home when the Eucharist can’t be received:

Update 1: Thank you to Mary Hawes for this set of resources for worship at home: here.

17 March 2020 Thank you to Facebook friends for providing links to some of these. This is not a polished response but a quick list, please send me any other links to add or resources you have made. I will keep updating at the top of this post. Our Archbishops urge us to maintain the disciple of daily prayer and Eucharist. This is more important than ever. Reducing stress and anxiety will come when we have solid patterns of praying in our lives and model that for others. For all of us this is an opportunity to deepen our prayer and pray in new and old ways. As the Bishop of Liverpool writes to the diocese:

You will see that [the Archbishops] encourage us all to find new ways of being the Church in these days. As they say: “Public worship will have to stop for a season. Our usual pattern of Sunday services and other mid week gatherings must be put on hold. But this does not mean that the Church of England has shut up shop. Far from it.” Church is changing, and we all need to be part of that change.

I particularly urge us to explore the serious Christian tradition of praying 7 times a day; even if only briefly. The use of Psalm 119 divided over the day is very powerful with its gentle rhythm and constancy. Nothing dramatic just the simple love of the Lord who is the Way, the Truth and the Life.

Psalm 119 arranged to be prayed in a day:

Prime – before the day gets going – verses 1 – 32

Terce – about 9am – verses 33 – 80

Sext – about noon – verses 81 – 128

None – about 3pm – verses 129 – end

Here are some old posts of mine on this subject:

Serious Christianity (2): The Little Hours, a gift for the forgetful

On praying the Little Hours: New Wine and 1 Thessalonians (5:17)

Serious Christianity (4): Psalm 119

The following booklet by Fr Dominic Cawdell OGS of the Diocese of St Asaph in Wales is very good:

It contains:

  • Simple Orders for Morning and Night Prayer, which you can use at home;
  • The special readings and prayers for each Sunday
  • Some sermons for between now and Pentecost
  • A way of reflecting on Jesus’ journey to the Cross, using poems from Malcolm Guite
  • Information about further resources that may be helpful

The Methodist Church is providing a sheet each week:

https://www.methodist.org.uk/our-faith/worship/singing-the-faith-plus/seasons-and-themes/worship-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/

This form of worship is particularly suitable for families:

Fr Alexander Crawford has produced these excellent materials:

https://aigc88.wixsite.com/beautyofholiness/post/prayer-resources-for-use-in-isolation?fbclid=IwAR1dlucFoCvOPdfxz7LXKdnk-9S-T42V1PuhevqIwfn-dQncFucviX-2C18

Some popular hymns are available on YouTube here assembled by Father Angela:

A form of Morning Prayer for Sundays here from Mother Nicol:

http://westhoathly.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/How-to-Worship-when-you-cant-get-to-church.pdf?fbclid=IwAR2isOuIsCNaP-X-YDXrFiio9rKlLaTBjJeTHZso6qPwjFK614NsJ9aoj0U

Some more varied ways of praying here from Mother Jo:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ZGrALL8wTwlsvJEUhFD2B35KH8pN0K4roAbCjE_rnz4/edit?fbclid=IwAR0QWA1cN4rRFtip-NiLrXYQzzKBEEh7RL6Ty-DWoWgPA5pefBfIQzLFytw

As well as the usual Church of England apps these are good resources:

Reimagining the Examen

Examen Prayer

JesuitPrayer

Pray As You Go

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Litany in a Time of Pandemic Fr Rick Morley

God the Father,

Have mercy upon us.

God the Son,

Have mercy upon us.

God the Holy Spirit,

Have mercy upon us.

Holy Trinity, One God,

Have mercy upon us.

Spare us, good Lord, spare your people, who you have redeemed with your most precious blood, and by your mercy preserve us through this crisis, and for ever.

Spare us, good Lord.

From all evil and wickedness, from disease and illness, especially this coronavirus,

Good Lord, deliver us.

From all ignorance and apathy, and from all willingness to engage in activities that could harm others,

Good Lord, deliver us.

From all refusal to understand, from pride and a sense of invincibility,

Good Lord, deliver us.

We your children beseech you to hear us, O Lord God, to look upon this world struck by pandemic, and drive from us this disease,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to strengthen the weak, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That is may please you to give health and comfort to all who are already stricken with illness,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to give patience and grace to all those who are in quarantine or who fear that they have already contracted the virus,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to surround those who are scared and fearful, those who are overcome with anxiety and worry,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to give wisdom and stamina to all scientists, biologists, doctors, and all who are working on tests, vaccines, and treatments,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to uphold all those who are treating and ministering to the sick,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to give to your people a heart to love their neighbour through this time, and to look after those who are most vulnerable.

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to support, help, and comfort those who are worried about getting through this time financially, and whether they will have employment when this passes,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to help our young people grow in wisdom and knowledge even as schools and universities are closed,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to heal the sick, lift up the stricken, and open the airways of those who have difficulty breathing,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

That it may please you to receive into your bosom those who have died from this disease, and to gather into your arms those who grieve,

We beseech you to hear us, good Lord.

Son of God, we beseech you to hear us.

Son of God, we beseech you to hear us.

O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world,

Have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world,

Have mercy upon us.

O Lamb of God, that takes away the sins of the world,

Grant us your peace.

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