Prayer at Home

Resources for Prayer at Home

Although we cannot 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 on this page. The full text of the service will be on the page (scroll down to the bottom), and you may also download it as a pdf file.

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.

 

Easter at Home

Easter Season 

 Easter Sunday Video for Children  

Easter Video Reflection for Adults   

Celebrating Easter Ideas for Busy Parents

50 Ways to Celebrate the 50 Days of Easter

Sixth Week of Easter

Instead of an idea for every day, we’re posting three ideas for this week.

1. Pope Francis declared May 16-24 Laudato Si (Care for God’s Creation) Week. Do something in your yard or neighborhood to care for creation. Weed, plant, rake, or pick up garbage along your street. More ideas and our Holy Father’s video message may be found on this website:  https://laudatosiweek.org/

2.  As the month of May draws to a close have a May Crowning in your home. May a crown of flowers for your Mary statue. If you do not have a Mary statue, print out a picture of Mary to post in your home. You may find one with a crown already on. Below are two websites with ideas for May crownings at home.
https://www.catholicicing.com/may-crowning-ideas-for-home/
https://catholicblogger1.blogspot.com/2010/04/crowning-of-mary.html

3. Watch this video:  https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OQadHRfum28
Then consider the following questions. You may want to journal your answers to them. If you are parents of chidren who are still at home, you may also want to discuss them as a family.
a. What parts of my/our life during this stay-at-home time do I/we want to keep?
b. What parts of my/our current life do I not want to keep?
c. What will be a permanent part of my/our “new normal” after this stay-at-home time?

 

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

As we get closer to Holy Week and Easter you may want to create a Prayer Space in your home. 
A cross with a Bible or candle are enough to make a Prayer Space. 
As we journey through Holy Week you may choose to add items 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.

Prayer at Home

Pentecost Sunday

May 31, 2020

 

Notes/Instructions

  • This may be prayed alone or as a family depending on how many people are in your

home.

  • You may gather at your kitchen table or at a prayer space in your home.
  • Individuals may take turns proclaiming the readings.
  • If you have a candle, family Bible, crucifix, etc., you may place them in the middle of your table/prayer space.
  • If you have never led prayer before, do not worry. God always appreciates our efforts.
  • You may remain seated for the entire prayer, but if you have children it may be helpful to stand for the Gather, Gospel Reading, and Sending Forth. If you are able, you may wish to kneel to pray the Spiritual Communion together. 

Make Today Special!

Pentecost is the birthday of the Church, so it is an opportunity to celebrate a bit differently. Here are some ideas for how to put a bit more joy into your day:

  • The color for today is RED (the color of the Holy Spirit). Wear red, use a red table cloth, and decorate with that color however you can.
  • Since today is the Church’s birthday, you might serve a birthday cake or put candles in cupcakes. You could even sing “Happy Birthday” to the Church!
  • Today we hear about how the Holy Spirit came in the form of flames above the disciples’ heads. Gather all the candles you can find in your house for your altar and light them before today’s service.

 

Gather

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

Almighty ever-living God,

who willed the Paschal Mystery to be encompassed

as a sign in fifty days,

grant that from out of the scattered nations

the confusion of many tongues

may be gathered by heavenly grace

into one great confession of your name.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you

in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever.

Amen.

 

 

Listen

First Reading:  A reading from the Acts of the Apostles.            (Acts of the Apostles 2: 1-11)

(descent of the Holy Spirit)

 

When the time for Pentecost was fulfilled,

they were all in one place together.

And suddenly there came from the sky

a noise like a strong driving wind,

and it filled the entire house in which they were.

Then there appeared to them tongues as of fire,

which parted and came to rest on each one of them.

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit

and began to speak in different tongues,

as the Spirit enabled them to proclaim.

 

Now there were devout Jews from every nation under heaven staying in Jerusalem.

At this sound, they gathered in a large crowd,

but they were confused

because each one heard them speaking in his own language.

They were astounded, and in amazement they asked,

“Are not all these people who are speaking Galileans?

Then how does each of us hear them in his native language?

We are Parthians, Medes, and Elamites,

inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia,

Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia,

Egypt and the districts of Libya near Cyrene,

as well as travelers from Rome,

both Jews and converts to Judaism, Cretans and Arabs,

yet we hear them speaking in our own tongues

of the mighty acts of God.”

 

The Word of the Lord.

 

Thanks be to God.

 

 

Responsorial Psalm                                                                     (Psalm 104: 1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34)

Our response is:  Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD, my God, you are great indeed!
How manifold are your works, O Lord!
the earth is full of your creatures;

Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

May the glory of the LORD endure forever;
may the LORD be glad in his works!
Pleasing to him be my theme;
I will be glad in the LORD.

Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

If you take away their breath, they perish
and return to their dust.
When you send forth your spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the earth.

Lord, send out your Spirit, and renew the face of the earth.

 

 

Second Reading: A reading from the first Letter of Saint Paul to the Corinthians.      

(1 Corinthians 12: 3b-7, 12-13)

(many gifts, one Spirit, and the analogy of the body)

 

Brothers and sisters:

No one can say, “Jesus is Lord,” except by the Holy Spirit.

 

There are different kinds of spiritual gifts but the same Spirit;

there are different forms of service but the same Lord;

there are different workings but the same God

who produces all of them in everyone.

To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit

is given for some benefit.

 

As a body is one though it has many parts,

and all the parts of the body, though many, are one body,

so also Christ.

For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body,

whether Jews or Greeks, slaves or free persons,

and we were all given to drink of one Spirit.

The Word of the Lord.

 

Thanks be to God.

 

 

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia.

 

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful

and kindle in them the fire of your love.

 

Alleluia, alleluia.

 

Video of the Gospel for Children:  https://youtu.be/OMQKy1Mx49M

 

Gospel:  A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.                                (John 20: 19-23)

(appearance to the disciples)

 

On the evening of that first day of the week,

when the doors were locked, where the disciples were,

for fear of the Jews,

Jesus came and stood in their midst

and said to them, “Peace be with you.”

When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side.

The disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord.

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you.

As the Father has sent me, so I send you.”

And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them,

“Receive the Holy Spirit.

Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them,

and whose sins you retain are retained.”

The Gospel of the Lord.

 

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

Respond

Key Passage: Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20: 21-22)

 

Reflection Questions

Adult: What important work does Jesus ask of you at this time in your life?

Child: How would Jesus want you to treat your friends and family this week?

 

 

Prayer Leader: Uniting our prayers as one we pray together the words Jesus gave us:

Our Father . . .

 

Spiritual Communion

(Pray this prayer together)

 

Prayer Leader:  Let us pray.

 

All:      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.

 

Sending Forth

Prayer Leader:          May God, the Father of lights,

                                    who was pleased to enlighten the disciples’ minds

                                    by the outpouring of the Spirit, the Paraclete,

                                    grant us gladness by his blessing

                                    and make us always abound with the gifts of the same Spirit.

 

                                    Amen.

 

                                    May the wondrous flame that appeared above the disciples,

                                    powerfully cleanse our hearts from every evil

                                    and pervade them with its purifying light.

 

                                    Amen.

 

                                    And may God, who has been pleased to unite many tongues

                                    in the profession of one faith,

                                    give us perseverance in that same faith

                                    and, by believing, may we journey from hope to clear vision.

 

                                    Amen.

 

Prayer Leader:  And may the blessing of almighty God, the Father, and the Son, and the Holy

Spirit come down on us and remain on us forever. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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