Prayer at Home

Resources for Prayer at Home

Although all of us may not be able to  physically gather for Mass as a community, we are still one body in Christ.
This page provides resources to pray at home either as an individual or as a family. Each week a Prayer Service for the coming Sunday will be posted too.

If you would like more prayers or ideas for practicing the faith at home, please email Denise York at youth@icchurchea.org

Additional resources for families may be found on the Parent Resources page of the Youth Ministry website.

 

Grace Before and After Meals

Grace Before Meals
Bless us, O Lord, and these your gifts that we are about to receive from your bounty, through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Grace After Meals
We give you thanks almighty God, for all your gifts, who live and reign, now and forever.  Amen.

Prayer Space at Home

A cross with a Bible or candle are enough to make a Prayer Space.
As we journey through Advent you may want to add your Advent Wreath to it. 
You may also want to include a bowl/container to place written prayer intentions at this time. This practice may be especially helpful for children at this time.

Prayer for a Pandemic

May we who are merely inconvenienced
Remember those whose lives are at stake.
May we who have no risk factors
Remember those most vulnerable.

May we who have the luxury of working from home
Remember those who must choose between
Preserving their health or making their rent.

May we who have the flexibility to care for
Our children when their schools close
Remember those who have no options.

May we who have to cancel our trips
Remember those that have no safe place to go.
May we who are losing our margin money
In the tumult of the economic market
Remember those who have no margin at all.

May we who settle in for a quarantine at home
Remember those who have no home.
As fear grips our country,
Let us choose love.

During this time when we cannot physically
Wrap our arms around each other,
Let us yet find ways to be the loving embrace of God to our neighbors. 

Amen.

Pause for Prayer

This season of stay-at-home and quarantine,
of social distancing and face masks,
seems to dull my senses, Lord,
so I pray that in the days ahead you’ll:

help me see the world with your eyes, Lord:
clearly, with wisdom and insight,
neither ignoring nor fixating
on whatever I’d rather not see…

help me hear with your open ears, Lord:
listening carefully, with true compassion,
especially to those with whom I’m living…

help me touch others’ hearts with your hands, Lord:
gently and firmly, with healing
– even from six feet away…

help me taste of life as you made it, Lord,
savoring the salty, relishing the sweet,
learning to accept the sour:
make me mindful of those who are hungry these days
and generous when I reach out to help…

help me breathe in all you’ve inspired, Lord
sniffing the scent of the fresh and fragrant
especially outdoors on these early spring days…

In this pandemic season, Lord,
help me to see, hear, touch, taste and smell
your glory in the world around me:
help me use all my senses to come to know you,
to love you and to serve you in any way I can…

Amen.

This prayer came from a ministry blog that Fr. Bob follows. 

Morning and Evening Prayers

Morning Offering
The marking of the time of day with prayer is another ancient tradition in the Church.  This prayer is a wonderful opening prayer for a school day.
O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You all my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world, in reparation for all my sins, and in particular, for the intentions of our Holy Father for this month.  Amen

Prayer to the Guardian Angel (at bedtime)
According to Catholic belief, each person has a special angel who watches over him or her.  A liturgical observance in honor of Guardian Angels is celebrated on October 2.
Angel of God, my guardian dear,
To whom God’s love commits me here,
Ever this day be at my side,
To light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.

Pope Francis' Prayers for the Rosary

Our Holy Father Pope Francis asks that we add these two prayers at the end of our Rosary for the month of May. He encourages the faithful to pray the Rosary individually or in groups during this time of pandemic.

FIRST PRAYER

O Mary,
You shine continuously on our journey
as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who, at the foot of the cross,
were united with Jesus’ suffering,
and persevered in your faith.

“Protectress of the Roman people”,
you know our needs,
and we know that you will provide,
so that, as at Cana in Galilee,
joy and celebration may return
after this time of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the will of the Father
and to do what Jesus tells us.
For he took upon himself our suffering,
and burdened himself with our sorrows
to bring us, through the cross,
to the joy of the Resurrection.

Amen.

We fly to your protection,
O Holy Mother of God;
Do not despise our petitions
in our necessities,
but deliver us always
from every danger,
O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.

SECOND 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 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 realize that we are all members of one great family and to recognize 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.