This time of pandemic can be very stressful and leave us filled with worry and anxiety. In the midst of this uncertainty, the Lord comes to offer us His peace (John 20:19). And in offering us His Peace, He invites us to walk with and accompany each other.
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May the Peace of Christ be with you.
Liturgy of the Hours Office of the Dead
The Spiritual Works of Mercy direct us to pray for the living and the dead. During these uncertain days, we pray for all those affected by this pandemic, but in a certain way, have the responsibility of praying for those who have died from complications of coronavirus and for those who mourn for them. We pray especially for those who have no one to pray for them. The Liturgy of the Hours is prayed throughout the day, marking the hours of the day and seasons of the year as sacred. Ordained ministers make promises to pray the Liturgy of the Hours faithfully each day, but the prayer is open to all the faithful. Provided for our common prayer during this time is Morning Prayer (Lauds) upon waking, Evening Prayer (Vespers) late afternoon until evening, and Night Prayer (Compline) upon retiring for the night. The Office of the Dead can be prayed any day of the week. Please pray along with the videos below.
KEEPING SUNDAY SACRED
Although public Masses have been suspended in our diocese, there are still many ways we can give ourselves and our families to the Lord on Sunday.
If you are living on your own, please remember that your prayers are joined with the mystical Body of Christ, on heaven and on earth — prayer is always an invitation to enter into community.
Watch Sunday Mass at home and make an act of spiritual communion (below). Masses will be live-streamed on our diocesan website.
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most holy Eucharist. 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. Amen.
Pray the Rosary. It is traditional to pray the Sorrowful Mysteries on Sundays in Lent.
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 the prayer of Pope Francis
Click on the titles or graphics below to watch the recorded events.