Some prayers to use when we cannot always meet together
Even when we are not meeting together, we should all maintain our individual or family prayer life as a way of being church. You will all have your own ways of praying, but you may find some of the prayers below helpful.
Prayer List for 29th January & the week following
The parish, especially those living in … South Road, Connolly House, Bewley Street, East Road and the staff and pupils of All Saints’ School
Those in hospital ….Joanna Hardy.
Those in special need ….Axavier, Joe Adams, Sue Byng, Julia, Auriel, Gill, Jenny, Peter, June Lemon, Julianna, Marjorie, Olive, Carol & Barry Roberts, James Shrimpton, Ivan, Stephen, Philip & Angela Beardsworth.
Those in long-standing illness / need …Elizabeth Hayter, Christine Highmore, Sean Holt, Ayse Hur, Carole James, Mrs. Keegan, Dominic, Kate, Kim, Jason, May Lennon, Pauline Lewis, Barbara McCleod.
R.I.P.……Selwyn Diffintala, Joyce Dillion.
Years Mind……..Gordon Alexander, Reina Clarke, Jim Bracken, Kenneth Hardy, Jack Wheatley, Myrtle Hue-Sang
Please also pray for the parish of Christ the King, Sizinda – our link parish in the Anglican Diocese of Matabeleland, Zimbabwe.
The Angelus celebrates the incarnation of Christ and is traditionally recited in the early morning, at midday and at 6pm, though it may of course be said at any time. The Bishop of Fulham is encouraging us all to recite it at midday.
The angel of the Lord brought tidings to Mary. And she conceived by the Holy Ghost.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.
Blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death.
Behold the handmaid of the Lord. Be it unto me according to thy word.
And the Word was made flesh. And dwelt among us.
Pray for us, O holy Mother of God. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
We beseech thee, O Lord, pour thy grace into our hearts; that as we have known the incarnation of thy Son Jesus Christ, by the message of an angel, so by his ✠ cross and passion we may be brought to the glory of his resurrection. Through the same Christ, our Lord. Amen.
When Mass cannot be celebrated publicly
Gathering together to celebrate Mass is central to our lives as Christians. In these difficult times when our regular pattern of worship is disrupted, we turn to God and rely on his mercy and loving compassion for us all.
The material below is to help you join with each other in prayer as the Mass is being offered on your behalf. We can unite ourselves to this celebration by joining in prayer and making an act of Spiritual Communion, uniting your heart to the heart of Jesus in the Eucharist.
I will continue to pray for the parish as I offer Mass on Sundays and during the week, and if you have any specific prayer requests please email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sign of the Cross
✠ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Before listening to the Word of God take a moment to reflect. For what am I grateful to God for today? Where did I stray from God: through words, actions or things I did not do. How might I do better tomorrow? What grace do I ask from God in order to live more closely in his love. You may wish to conclude by saying:
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
The Word of God
The readings for the Mass of the Day can be found online at Universalis https://universalis.com/mass.htm either read all the texts or choose just to read the Gospel of the Day. If you can’t access these, you could use these readings:
Psalm 85 (1-6, 11, 15-16)
Turn your ear, O Lord, and give answer for I am poor and needy. Preserve my life, for I am faithful: save the servant who trusts in you. You are my God, have mercy on me, Lord, for I cry to you all the day long. Give joy to your servant, O Lord, for to you I lift up my soul. O Lord, you are good and forgiving, full of love to all who call. Give heed, O Lord, to my prayer and attend to the sound of my voice. Show me, Lord, your way so that I may walk in your truth. Guide my heart to fear your name. You, God of mercy and compassion, slow to anger, O Lord, abounding in love and truth, turn and take pity on me.
Gospel, Mark 4:35–41
On that day, when evening had come, Jesus said to them, ‘Let us go across to the other side.’ And leaving the crowd, they took him with them in the boat, just as he was. And other boats were with him. And a great windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking into the boat, so that the boat was already filling. But he was in the stern, asleep on the cushion. And they woke him and said to him, ‘Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?’ And he awoke and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, ‘Peace! Be still!’ And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. He said to them, ‘Why are you so afraid? Have you still no faith?’ And they were filled with great fear and said to one another, ‘Who then is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?’
Pause for a moment of silent reflection.
For all who are affected by coronavirus, through illness or isolation or anxiety,
that they may find relief and recovery:
For those who are guiding our nation at this time, and shaping national policies,
that they may make wise decisions:
For doctors, nurses and medical researchers, that through their skill and insights
many will be restored to health:
For the vulnerable and the fearful, for the gravely ill and the dying,
that they may know your comfort and peace:
We commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray, to the mercy and protection of God.
An Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever. Amen.
✠ In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Stations of the cross at home
During Lent it is traditional to walk the Stations of the Cross in church. When as now this is not possible, you may wish to pray the stations at home. One website you may find helpful in doing this can be found here where you will find pictures of the stations together with prayers and meditations.
Prayer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
O most holy heart of Jesus, fountain of every blessing, I adore you, I love you, and with lively sorrow for my sins I offer you this poor heart of mine. Make me humble, patient, pure and wholly obedient to your will. Grant, Good Jesus, that I may live in you and for you. Protect me in the midst of danger. Comfort me in my afflictions. Give me health of body, assistance in my temporal needs, your blessing on all that I do, and the grace of a holy death. Amen.
Prayer composed by Samuel Johnson
Almighty and most merciful Father, Creator and Preserver of mankind, look down with pity upon my troubles and maladies. Heal my body, strengthen my mind, compose my distraction, calm my inquietude, and relieve my terrors, that if it please thee, I may run the race that is set before me with peace patience constancy and confidence. Grant this O Lord, and take not from me thy Holy Spirit, but pardon and bless me for the sake of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayers to Our Lady
O Mary, you always brighten 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 while remaining steadfast in faith. O loving Mother, you know what we need, and we are confident you will provide for us as at Cana in Galilee. Intercede for us with your Son Jesus, the Divine Physician, for those who have fallen ill, for those who are vulnerable, and for those who have died. Intercede also for those charged with protecting the health and safety of others and for those who are tending to the sick and seeking a cure. Help us, O Mother of Divine Love, to conform to the will of the Father and to do as we are told by Jesus, who took upon himself our sufferings and carried our sorrows, so as to lead us, through the Cross, to the glory of the Resurrection. Amen.
Under thy protection we seek refuge, O Holy Mother of God. In our needs, despise not our petitions, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.
(Adapted from a prayer of Pope Francis by the Knights of Columbus)
Remember, O most loving Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, we turn to you, O Virgins of virgins, our Mother. To you we come, before you we stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, do not despise our petitions, but in your mercy hear us and answer us. Amen.
Prayer for England
O Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God, and our most gentle Queen and Mother, look down in mercy upon England, thy Dowry, and upon us all who greatly hope and trust in thee. By thee it was that Jesus, our Saviour and our hope, was given unto the world; and he has given thee to us that we might hope still more. Plead for us thy children, whom thou didst receive and accept at the foot of the cross, O sorrowful Mother, intercede for our separated brethren, that with us in the one true fold they may be united to the Chief Shepherd. Pray for us all, dear Mother, that by faith, fruitful in good works, we may all deserve to see and praise God, together with thee in our heavenly home. Amen.
The Divine Praises
Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy.
Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her Glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints. Amen.