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.

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.

Prayer at Home

Fourth Sunday of Lent

March 22, 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 through your Word

reconcile the human race to yourself in a wonderful way,

grant, we pray,

that with prompt devotion and eager faith

the Christian people may hasten

toward the solemn celebrations to come.

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 first Book of Samuel.   (1 Samuel 16: 1b, 6-7, 10-13a)

(Samuel anoints David)

 

The LORD said to Samuel:
“Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way.
I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem,
for I have chosen my king from among his sons.”

 

As Jesse and his sons came to the sacrifice,
Samuel looked at Eliab and thought,
“Surely the LORD’s anointed is here before him.”
But the LORD said to Samuel:
“Do not judge from his appearance or from his lofty stature,
because I have rejected him.
Not as man sees does God see,
because man sees the appearance
but the LORD looks into the heart.”
In the same way Jesse presented seven sons before Samuel,
but Samuel said to Jesse,
“The LORD has not chosen any one of these.”
Then Samuel asked Jesse,
“Are these all the sons you have?”
Jesse replied,
“There is still the youngest, who is tending the sheep.”
Samuel said to Jesse,
“Send for him;
we will not begin the sacrificial banquet until he arrives here.”
Jesse sent and had the young man brought to them.
He was ruddy, a youth handsome to behold
and making a splendid appearance.
The LORD said,
“There—anoint him, for this is the one!”
Then Samuel, with the horn of oil in hand,
anointed David in the presence of his brothers;
and from that day on, the spirit of the LORD rushed upon David.

 

The Word of the Lord.

 

Thanks be to God.

 

 

Responsorial Psalm  (Psalm 23: 1-3a, 3b-4, 5, 6)

Our response is: The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

 

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.

 

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
With your rod and your staff
that give me courage.

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

 

Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.

 

The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.

 

 

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

(Ephesians 5: 8-14)

(duty to live in the light)

 

Brothers and sisters:
You were once darkness,
but now you are light in the Lord.
Live as children of light,
for light produces every kind of goodness
and righteousness and truth.
Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord.
Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness;
rather expose them, for it is shameful even to mention
the things done by them in secret;
but everything exposed by the light becomes visible,
for everything that becomes visible is light.
Therefore, it says:

“Awake, O sleeper,
and arise from the dead,
and Christ will give you light.”

 

The Word of the Lord.

 

Thanks be to God.

 

 

Gospel Acclamation: Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory!

 

I am the light of the world, says the Lord;

Whoever follows me will have the light of life.

 

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ, King of endless glory!

 

 

Gospel:  A reading from the holy Gospel according to John.     (John 9: 1, 6-9, 13-17, 34-38)

(the man born blind)

 

As Jesus passed by he saw a man blind from birth.

He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva,

and smeared the clay on his eyes,

and said to him,

“Go wash in the Pool of Siloam” — which means Sent —.

So he went and washed, and came back able to see.

 

His neighbors and those who had seen him earlier as a beggar said,

“Isn’t this the one who used to sit and beg?”

Some said, “It is, “

but others said, “No, he just looks like him.”

He said, “I am.”

 

They brought the one who was once blind to the Pharisees.

Now Jesus had made clay and opened his eyes on a sabbath.

So then the Pharisees also asked him how he was able to see.

He said to them,

“He put clay on my eyes, and I washed, and now I can see.”

So some of the Pharisees said,

“This man is not from God,

because he does not keep the sabbath.”

But others said,

“How can a sinful man do such signs?”

And there was a division among them.

So they said to the blind man again,

“What do you have to say about him,

since he opened your eyes?”

He said, “He is a prophet.”

 

They answered and said to him,

“You were born totally in sin,

and are you trying to teach us?”

Then they threw him out.

 

When Jesus heard that they had thrown him out,

he found him and said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?”

He answered and said,

“Who is he, sir, that I may believe in him?”

Jesus said to him,

“You have seen him, and

the one speaking with you is he.”

He said,

“I do believe, Lord,” and he worshiped him.

 

The Gospel of the Lord.

 

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ.

 


Respond

Key Passage: for once you were in darkness, but now in the Lord you are light. Live as children of light—for the fruit of the light is found in all that is good and right and true. (Ephesians 5: 8-9)

 

Reflection Questions

Adult: What are you doing in your life right now to move toward light rather than darkness?

Child: How can you let the light of your faith in Jesus shine for others to see?

 

 

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:          Look upon those who call to you, O Lord,

                                    And sustain the weak;

                                    Give life by your unfailing light

                                    To those who walk in the shadow of death,

                                    And bring those rescued by your mercy from every evil

                                    To reach the highest good.

                                    Through Christ our Lord.

                                    Amen.

 

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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