By paul, Mar 28 2020 07:09PM
The Archbishops have issued the following instructions to all Parish Priests, "our church buildings must now be closed not only to public worship, but for private parayer as well and this includes priest or lay person offering prayer in church on their own".
It is good to remember that the CHURCH AS THE PEOPLE OF GOD IS ALIVE AND WELL. This period of isolation is a timely reminder of our brethren in such places as North Korea where worship is punishable by being sent to a Concentration Camp or execution.
I sent out a collection of prayers entitled Praying at Home published by the Church Union earlier this week which I hope you will use and find helpful.
I will be saying Mass at home at 10am every Sunday and though you can't be with me why not join in. Beforehand I would suggest you read the Introduction and page 8 of the Praying from Home Booklet.
Gareth has set us all a challenge, as he says, I lit my candle in my window last Sunday - along with thousands of others - and intend doing so each evening at 7pm until Covid-19 has been eradicated. Who's with me, please? Well, I am.
We have now circulated Number Two Issue of our weekly Newsletter, please feel free to share it with neighbours, friends and family.
If you know someone who needs contacting please tell me or the person who is allocated to phone you.
As Christians we have an obligation to love our neighbour. So in these strange times it is our job to contact our neighbours, friends and relatives.
When we are on our daily walk why not pause in a few streets and pray for the people who live there.
And one more thing ...
Prayer for those in isolation
God of compassion,
Be close to those who are ill,
afraid or in isolation,
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
In their anxiety be their hope;
In their darkness, be their light:
Through him who suffered alone
on the cross,
but reigns with you in glory,
Jesus Christ our Lord.