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:

  • Palm Sunday - this video can be viewed HERE

  • Maundy Thursday at 3pm.

  • Good Friday at 12pm.

  • Easter Day at 8am.

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.

They can be downloaded HERE and there is a larger print version (which has the scripture references but not full text of scriptures) HERE.

 

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

The Guild of All Souls has resources available for those who watch with the dying, these are available HERE There are other prayers for those who have died available HERE

 

Live Streaming 

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 

CLICKING HERE

 

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 

 

Other resources

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

The Vatican has released the texts of a special Mass to be used in times of pandemic.  You can find the propers of the Mass HERE and the readings HERE

 

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

 

#LiveLent – The Church of England’s daily reflections for Lent.  Download for Android.
                                                                                                     Download For IOS

 

Universalis  - The Divine Office, with Morning and Evening Prayer as well as Midday Prayer, Compline and the Office of Reading.            Download for Android.      Download for IOS



Church of England Daily Prayer – The Daily Office from Common Worship.  Download for Android.   Download for IOS

 

Daily Examen – An app that guides you through the Ignatian spirituality practice of having a review of the day and how God has been active in your life.  Download for Android.     Download for IOS

 

Sacred Space – An app that takes you through a time of prayer in six steps.  Download for Android.               Download for IOS

 

Pray as you go – This is a useful app to help you pray wherever you may be.   Download for Android.            Download for IOS

 

Jesuit Prayer – This app provides daily reflections and scripture readings as well as prayer resources             Download for Android.   Download for IOS

 

 

Please be assured of the prayers of all of us at The Church Union at this time.