Prayers and devotions

WHEN MASS CANNOT BE CELEBRATED PUBLICLY

Let my prayer come before you like incense.”

In this disturbing time for the world and for the Church, we feel the need more than ever to “lift up our hands in prayer.” Even when the Mass is not available or we are confined to home or hospital, we can still bring ourselves, and our hopes and fears, before the Lord, asking for his strength and consolation. We can remain part of the worldwide prayer of the Church, asking the Father to deliver us from our current evils, and through the practice of spiritual communion unite ourselves to the Eucharistic Sacrifice our priests will be offering privately. We can still keep the Lord’s Day holy.

The prayers in this booklet are offered to help us do this.  Surely our voice will be heard.

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With every blessing,

+ Hugh Gilbert OSB,

Bishop of Aberdeen, President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland

Let my prayer come before you like incense.”

In this disturbing time for the world and for the Church, we feel the need more than ever to “lift up our hands in prayer.” Even when the Mass is not available or we are confined to home or hospital, we can still bring ourselves, and our hopes and fears, before the Lord, asking for his strength and consolation. We can remain part of the worldwide prayer of the Church, asking the Father to deliver us from our current evils, and through the practice of spiritual communion unite ourselves to the Eucharistic Sacrifice our priests will be offering privately. We can still keep the Lord’s Day holy.

The prayers in this booklet are offered to help us do this. Surely our voice will be heard.

With every blessing,
+ Hugh Gilbert OSB,
Bishop of Aberdeen, President of the Bishops’ Conference of Scotland

Introduction

Some will find it helpful to have a space as a focus for their prayer. This might include a crucifix, icon or other holy image, and a lighted candle.

Sign of the Cross

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Examen

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 Jesus, you have revealed yourself as the way to the Father:
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

You have poured out on your people the Spirit of truth:
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.

You are the Good Shepherd, leading us to eternal life:
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Additional Prayers

Pope Francis’ prayer to the Virgin Mary for protection

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey
as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.

You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that, as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will and to do what Jesus tells us:

He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.

We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas — we who are put to the test —
and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

Prayer of Protection (St Patrick’s Breastplate)

Christ be with me, Christ within me,

Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.

Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

Prayer for the Household

Hear us, Lord, and send your angel from heaven
to visit and protect, to comfort and defend
all who live in this house. Amen.

This leaflet is produced by the Scottish National Liturgy Commission: liturgycommision@bcos.org.uk. It incorporates material produced by the Liturgy Office of England and Wales, used with permission. It may be reproduced freely for non-commercial use.

Excerpts from the English translation of The Roman Missal © 2010, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved. Text from The Psalms, a new translation © 1963 The Grail (England) administered by HarperCollins. Scripture quotations are from the ESV® Bible (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®), copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

The Word of God

The readings for the Mass of the Day can be found in a People’s Missal or online Universalis [https://universalis.com/mass.htm]. Either read all the texts or choose just to read the Gospel of the Day.

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?’

Silent reflection

Pause for a moment of silent reflection.

Prayers

Intercessions

Pray for family and loved ones so that they may be held in God’s compassionate care. Pray for other countries who are struggling with the effects of the COVID 19 virus. Pray for the protection of medical professionals who care for the sick and for their families. Pray for the sick, departed and bereaved.

If the following intentions are said in a family or other group you may wish to conclude each one with the response:

Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

For those in authority:
may they offer advice with care and integrity,
may they seek to protect the poor and vulnerable.

For all who work in healthcare:
give strength to all who look after sick
so that they may bring comfort and relief to the suffering.

For the Church:
may she offer prayers and consolation for all those affected.

For our local community and all for those in need:
may those who are isolated know the support
and service of their neighbours.

Lord’s Prayer

Our Father…

Spiritual Communion

Prayer of St Alphonsus

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.

Conclusion

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

A Prayer to the God of Life in a Time of Illness:

Almighty Father, Look upon us and all of humanity, in this time of illness, as we are affected by this new epidemic of the coronavirus. We confide to you all those who suffer from illness, those who are dying, and the hearts of so many who are stricken with worry and concern for their loved ones, their friends, and for their own well being. Give us the grace of serenity in the face of fear and suffering, so that we can remember you regularly in times of anxiety. You are the God of life and are our hope. Your Son suffered physically and died, and is raised from the dead in the Resurrection. Trusting in you, then, we pray especially for the vulnerable, and those who are ill: protect them and heal them of their illness. We pray also for the dying that their time of passage to you in death may be blessed and that they may find peace with you through union with Jesus Christ.

To pray the STATIONS OF THE CROSS the online link is : https://www.rcda.scot/stations-of-the-cross/?fbclid=IwAR2GGMVtB3yRaTaHTgTecRROr5VKQqza9xlQasngQ_t6FsKgNsYR_2uidYo

Saint Roch of Montpellier   Feast Day – August 17

Saint Roch was the only son of a wealthy nobleman in France, who seems to have been governor of the town of Montpellier. In answer to the persevering prayers of the parents, this child was granted to them. His future career was indicated by a birthmark in the form of a red cross that was deeply marked on his breast.

The parents raised St Roch in a devout manner. Proof was given when, at the age of 20, he lost both parents. He did not use the immense fortune he inherited for his personal benefit, but he sold all the personal property and distributed the proceeds among the poor while he transferred the ownership of the real estate to his uncle. This done, he joined the Third Order of St Francis, put on a pilgrim’s garb, and journeyed to Rome to visit the tombs of the Apostles.

When he arrived at Acquapendente in northern Italy about the year 1315, he found that an epidemic had broken out there and was making fearful ravages. Saint Roch did not hasten on, as many another person, fearful for his life, would have done, but according to the example of Christ and the admonition of the beloved disciple (1 John 3:16), he offered his life in the service of his brethren in Christ.

Saint Roch went to the hospital of St John, which was filled with the plague stricken, and offered his services to the brothers there. He also went to individual homes and sought out the sick, serving them without rest by day and by night. God rewarded his heroic charity by causing many to be cured at the mere Sign of the Cross which Saint Roch made over them. When the plague abated, Roch proceeded on his journey to Rome.

In Rome, too, an epidemic had broken out. Besides visiting the holy places, Saint Roch again devoted himself to the care of the sick, many of whom were miraculously cured by him. He performed the same services in many other towns of Italy until he arrived in Piacenza and was himself stricken with the dread disease. In the very hospital where he had cured so many sick, he was now looked upon as an intruder, who as an outsider had no right to claim a place there.

https://www.roman-catholic-saints.com/saint-roch.html

Prayer to St. Roch

O Blessed Saint Roch,
Patron of the sick,
Have pity on those
Who lie upon a bed of suffering.

Your power was so great
When you were in this world,
That by the sign of the Cross,
Many were healed of their diseases.

Now that you are in heaven,
Your power is not less.
Offer, then, to God
Our sighs and tears
And obtain for us that health we seek
Through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

(Repeat the following 3 times)

Saint Roch, pray for us,
That we may be preserved
From all diseases of body and soul.

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Spiritual Communion

The Catholic Church encourages the faithful to make frequent, even daily, Communion. Today, the normal opportunity to receive the Eucharist comes at daily Mass. If for some reason we are unable to receive Communion, we can still make an Act of Spiritual Communion, in which we express our faith in Christ and in His Presence in the Eucharist, and we ask Him to unite us to Himself. The basic elements of an Act of Spiritual Communion are an Act of Faith; an Act of Love; a desire to receive Christ; and an invitation to Him to come into your heart.

The following is a form of an Act of Spiritual Communion written by St. Alphonsus de Liguori. (You can memorize the words or use them as a guide to offering your own Act of Spiritual Communion in your own words.)

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

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 Psalm 91 is the prayer of Assurance of God’s Protection. Pray it often. Pray it daily. Not just during this coronavirus time. Pay careful attention to verse 6.

1He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High,
who abides in the shadow of the Almighty,
2will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress;

my God, in whom I trust.”
3For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence;
4he will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
5 You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
6nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.

7A thousand may fall at your side,

ten thousand at your right hand;
but it will not come near you.
8You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.

9Because you have made the Lord your refuge,[a]
the Most High your habitation,
10no evil shall befall you,
no scourge come near your tent.

11For he will give his angels charge of you
to guard you in all your ways.
12On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you dash your foot against a stone.
13You will tread on the lion and the adder,
the young lion and the serpent you will trample under foot.

14Because he cleaves to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
15When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will rescue him and hono
ur him.
16With long life I will satisfy him,
and show him my salvation.

Pray Psalm 91 as all prayers should be prayed — with trust. What Jesus told St. Faustina (Diary 578) can apply here too: The graces of My mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is — trust. The more a soul trusts, the more it will receive.