Prayers at Home is a small booklet which you can print off for use at home during these times.
Thank You to the Diocese of Ardagh and Clonmacnoise and Elphin.
Prayer for Good Humour,
By St Thomas More.
Grant me O lord, good digestion,
And also, something to digest.
Grant me, a healthy body,
And the necessary good humour to maintain it.
Grant me a simple soul,
That knows to treasure all the good things,
And doesn’t frighten easily at the sight of evil.
Give me a soul that knows no boredom,
Grumblings, sighs and laments,
Nor excess of stress,
Because of that obstructing thing called ‘I’.
Grant me, O Lord, a sense of good humour,
Allow me the grace to be able to take a joke,
To discover in life a bit of joy,
And to be able to share it with others.
Thank you to Fr Damien Mc Neice for the Prayer below
A rough translation of a prayer issued recently by the Italian Bishops Conference:
O almighty and eternal God,
refreshment in our weariness, support in weakness:
from you all creatures receive energy, existence and life.
We come to you to invoke your mercy because
today we know deeply the fragility of our human condition
as we live in the midst of a new viral epidemic.
We entrust the sick and their families to you:
bring healing to their body, their mind and their spirit.
Help all members of society to carry out their tasks well
and strengthen the spirit of solidarity among them.
Support and comfort the doctors and health professionals
on the front line and all the carers in carrying out their service.
You, who are the source of all good,
bless the entire human family abundantly,
remove all evil from us and grant us firm faith, hope and love.
Free us from the epidemic that is affecting us
so that we can return to our usual occupations calmly
and praise you and thank you with a renewed heart.
In you we trust and raise our plea to you because you, Father, are the author of life, and with your Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ, in unity with the Holy Spirit,
live and reign forever and ever. Amen.
Mary, our Mother, health of the sick, pray for us!
Pope Francis has asked us to pray the Rosary during May and to add the following Prayer
We fly to your protection, O Holy Mother of God”.
In the present tragic situation, when the whole world is prey to suffering and anxiety, we fly to you, Mother of God and our Mother and seek refuge under your protection.
Virgin Mary, turn your merciful eyes towards us amid this coronavirus pandemic. Comfort those who are distraught and mourn their loved ones who have died, and at times are buried in a way that grieves them deeply. Be close to those who are concerned for their loved ones who are sick and who, in order to prevent the spread of the disease, cannot be close to them. Fill with hope those who are troubled by the uncertainty of the future and the consequences for the economy and employment.
Mother of God and our Mother, pray for us to God, the Father of mercies, that this great suffering may end and that hope and peace may dawn anew. Plead with your divine Son, as you did at Cana, so that the families of the sick and the victims be comforted, and their hearts be opened to confidence and trust.
Protect those doctors, nurses, health workers and volunteers who are on the frontline of this emergency, and are risking their lives to save others. Support their heroic effort and grant them strength, generosity and continued health.
Be close to those who assist the sick night and day, and to priests who, in their pastoral concern and fidelity to the Gospel, are trying to help and support everyone.
Blessed Virgin, illumine the minds of men and women engaged in scientific research, that they may find effective solutions to overcome this virus.
Support national leaders, that with wisdom, solicitude and generosity, that they may come to the aid of those lacking the basic necessities of life and may devise social and economic solutions inspired by farsightedness and solidarity.
Mary Most Holy, stir our consciences, so that the enormous funds invested in developing and stockpiling arms will instead be spent on promoting effective research on how to prevent similar tragedies from occurring in the future.
Beloved Mother, help us realise that we are all members of one great family and to recognise the bond that unites us, so that, in a spirit of fraternity and solidarity, we can help to alleviate countless situations of poverty and need. Make us strong in faith, persevering in service, constant in prayer.
Mary, Consolation of the afflicted, embrace all your children in distress and pray that God will stretch out his all-powerful hand and free us from this terrible pandemic, so that life can serenely resume its normal course.
To you, who shine on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope do we entrust ourselves, O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary. Amen.
PRAYER FOR SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
(A reminder to us that we have a Spiritual Communion with the Lord 24 hours a day)
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,
let me be more aware of the Spiritual communion that I already have,
I embrace you knowing you are there with me
And unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
Extract from Saint Patrick’s Breastplate
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
Healing God, bring healing to those who are sick with the Coronavirus and be with their families and neighbours. We pray especially who those who are isolated, that they may know your love. Stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.
Let us pray to the Lord
Lord hear our Prayer
God of Strength, accompany all those who serve us with such love and generosity in the medical profession and in all our healthcare facilities. We give thanks for their continued work in the service of people. We ask you to bless them, strengthen them and guide them with your abundant goodness.
Let us pray to the Lord
Lord hear our Prayer
A Prayer for Healthcare Workers
during this time of the Coronavirus COVID-19
we place into your care
all our doctors, nurses and healthcare workers.
Give them courage of heart
and strength of mind and body.
Keep them safe from harm.
May they know our deep gratitude
for all they are doing
to heal and help those affected by
God of all consolation
may they know your protection and peace.
Bless them in these challenging days
and bless their families.
Thank You to the Cabinteely Gospel Choir for their version of “We Shall Overcome”, very appropriate in these challenging times. Have a listen and pray…