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.

 

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

Fourteenth Sunday of Ordinary Time

July 5, 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.

 

Gather

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

O God, who in the abasement of your Son

have raised up a fallen world,

fill your faithful with holy joy,

for on those you have rescued from slavery to sin

you bestow eternal gladness.

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 Book of the Prophet Zechariah.                (Zechariah 9: 9-10)

(restoration under the Messiah)

 

Thus says the LORD:

Rejoice heartily, O daughter Zion,

shout for joy, O daughter Jerusalem!

See, your king shall come to you;

a just savior is he,

meek, and riding on an ass,

on a colt, the foal of an ass.

He shall banish the chariot from Ephraim,

and the horse from Jerusalem;

the warrior’s bow shall be banished,

and he shall proclaim peace to the nations.

 

His dominion shall be from sea to sea,

and from the River to the ends of the earth.

 

The Word of the Lord.

 

Thanks be to God.

 

 

Responsorial Psalm                                                                 (Psalm 145: 1-2, 8-9, 10-11, 13-14)

Our response is: I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

 

I will extol you, O my God and King,

and I will bless your name forever and ever.

Every day will I bless you,

and I will praise your name forever and ever.

 

I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

 

The LORD is gracious and merciful,

slow to anger and of great kindness.

The LORD is good to all

and compassionate toward all his works.

 

I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

 

Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,

and let your faithful ones bless you.

Let them discourse of the glory of your kingdom

and speak of your might.

 

I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

 

The LORD is faithful in all his words

and holy in all his works.

The LORD lifts up all who are falling

and raises up all who are bowed down.

 

I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.

 

 

Second Reading: A reading from the Letter of Saint Paul to the Romans.  (Romans 8: 9, 11-13)

(indwelling of the Spirit)

 

Brothers and sisters:

You are not in the flesh;

on the contrary, you are in the spirit,

 

if only the Spirit of God dwells in you.

Whoever does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.

If the Spirit of the one who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you,

the one who raised Christ from the dead

will give life to your mortal bodies also,

through his Spirit that dwells in you.

Consequently, brothers and sisters,

we are not debtors to the flesh,

to live according to the flesh.

For if you live according to the flesh, you will die,

but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body,

you will live.

 

The Word of the Lord.

 

Thanks be to God.

 

 

Gospel Acclamation: Alleluia, alleluia.

 

Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth;

you have revealed to little ones the mysteries of the kingdom.

 

Alleluia, alleluia.

 

 

Gospel:  A reading from the holy Gospel according to Matthew.                   (Matthew 11: 25-30)

(Jesus and his Father)

 

At that time Jesus exclaimed:

“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,

for although you have hidden these things

from the wise and the learned

you have revealed them to little ones.

Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.

All things have been handed over to me by my Father.

No one knows the Son except the Father,

and no one knows the Father except the Son

and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

 

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,

and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,

for I am meek and humble of heart;

and you will find rest for yourselves.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

 

The Gospel of the Lord.

 

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Respond

Key Passage: Jesus said, “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11: 28-29)

 

Reflection Questions

Adult: When has Jesus refreshed you when you felt burdened by problems?

Child: What burdens do you need Jesus to help you carry?

 

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 almighty God bless us in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

 

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