Resources for use by people and parishes during this time
Posted on the 2nd Apr 2020 in the category Statements
During the current situation with Coronavirus, whilst churches are closed, we are working with The Society to provide a range of resources for use by people that will help them to pray at home.
Praying At Home Booklet
We have produced a booklet of prayers and devotions that people can use to aid their prayer life at home during the current situation when we are not able to pray together physically. This resource can be downloaded and printed as a booklet, and we encourage people to use these prayers during this time. The booklet can be downloaded HERE.
Holy Week and Easter
This Holy Week and Easter are going to feel very different, but we hope that the following resources will help you to join in with the Church's celebration of these Holy days.
Devotional videos produced by The Church Union and The Society
The Church Union and The Society have worked together to produce a series of short videos to aid devotion and prayer at home during Holy Week. They have been professionally produced and, we hope, will be attractive to a wide audience. The videos will be made available at the following times:
These videos will be available on the Church Union Facebook page and can also be viewed afterwards on The Society's YouTube channel.
Stations of the Cross
This resource will help us to meditate and pray the Stations of the Cross at home. We are grateful to the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham for allowing us to reproduce these meditations from the Pilgrim Manual and Fr Philip Barnes for writing the introduction.
An Act of Contrition
Many of us will normally want to meet Jesus in the Sacrament of Reconcilation at this time of year, and to leave our sins at the foot of the cross and hear the comforting words of absolution from a priest. This will not be possible this Holy Week and Easter, so we recommend that during Holy Week you make an 'Act of Contrition'. There is a booklet for this HERE
Keeping Holy Week and Easter at Home
Father Philip Barnes of St Stephen's Gloucester Road, has produced an excellent resource with prayers, readings and reflections for keping Holy Week at home. You can download it HERE
Livestreaming by Bishops of The Society
The Bishop of Fulham will be live steaming the liturgies of Holy Week on his Facebook page at the following times:
Maundy Thursday 6:00pm
Good Friday 3:00pm
Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday 8:30pm
The Bishop of Chichester will be streaming the following liturgies on the Diocese of Chichester Facebook page:
Maundy Thursday 7:30pm
Good Friday 3:00pm
Easter Day 10:30am
Meditations in words and music
There are meditations in words and music by Dan Schutte HERE
Praying the Rosary
The Bishop of Fulham has produced some excellent resources to help us in praying the Rosary. You can watch Bishop Jonathan explaining how to pray the Rosary by clicking here
There are also some downloadable resources HERE
Guild of All Souls
We know that many parishes are investigating live streaming of Mass and the offices during this time. There is some excellent guidance from the Church of England website on how to do this. You can find this guidance by
Worship with children
Clare Williams is offering weekly emails to support parents with activities for Faith at home during the next few weeks - links to resources, specific and seasonal resources all available. Please sign up by emailing Clare by CLICKING HERE
Clare has also set up a blog which gives suggestions for worship as a family and some further resources. You can access the blog HERE.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham’s schools resources page also has some good resources for use at home during this time. You can find them by clicking HERE there are some more suggestions of resources from the Shrine HERE
The Church Union’s ‘Foundations’ resource has material for use on Sundays which you might also find helpful. You can find the free download HERE
Resources from the Church of England
There are lots of resources available from the Church of England and these are being updated regularly. You can find the link HERE
The Church of England has also produced a guide for maintaining good mental health during this period. You can click HERE for this resource
The Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales has produced some other resources to help us pray at home during this time. Click here for more details.
Mass in a time of pandemic
Good Friday Solemn Prayers
The Vatican has also authorised a new prayer to be included in this year's Solemn Prayers on Good Friday. The text is below:
For the afflicted in time of pandemic.
Let us pray also for all those who suffer the consequences of the current pandemic, that God the Father may grant health to the sick, strength to those who care for them, comfort to families and salvation to all the victims who have died.
After a moment of silent prayer, the priest continues: Almighty ever-living God, only support of our human weakness, look with compassion upon the sorrowful condition of your children who suffer because of this pandemic; relieve the pain of the sick, give strength to those who care for them, welcome into your peace those who have died and, throughout this time of tribulation, grant that we may all find comfort in your merciful love. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Apps you might find helpful
For those who have a smart phone or tablet, the following list of apps (available for download from your App Store) might be helpful in your daily prayer life. This list is not exhaustive and if you have come across any other good resources, please email Fr Adam by CLICKING HERE
Please be assured of the prayers of all of us at The Church Union at this time.