The early Christians prayed in the church of the home. Once more, in troubled times when public worship has to be restricted, we are called to pray in “the domestic church”, always aware of the promise of Jesus, “Where two or three are gathered in my name, there I am among them.”—Matthew 18:20
Ready, Set, Pray! Children’s Liturgy of the Word at Home
While we are exiled from gathering as parish communities, COVID is offering an opportunity for praying together in our homes.
The Ready, Set, Pray! Children’s Liturgy of the Word @ Home video series provides an engaging space for families to encounter Jesus through the Sunday gospel.
Each week, families are invited to create and gather in their own prayer space, to sing, hear the Gospel, pray and respond creatively through an activity.
The series commences Sunday, 18 October, continuing each Sunday until Christmas. We hope this experience of gathering for prayer will encourage families at a time when they cannot gather for parish celebrations of the Eucharist. The series is produced by Proclaim: The Office for Mission Renewal.
God of all life…
May your love and light shine in and through me today
In a way that no mask can hide.
May my eyes dance with the laughter and joy
Replacing my hidden smile.
May my actions of care and concern
Speak louder than my muffled voice ever could.
And may the generosity of my heart
Radiate out through who I am
And how I respond to the world around me
So that others may not see my mask
But your image shining out
Moving in and through me today.
Br Michael Herry fms
Wishing everyone the best of health from Vancouver, Canada! Stay home, stay safe, and keep singing!
A Prayer During COVID-19
May we, who are experiencing the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia and in our small world, and are coming to terms with the new reality, remember the words of Scripture: “Be still and know that I God”.
May we, who as adults struggling to process what is happening in our world, remember children who are fearful of a reality they cannot comprehend
May we, who complain about the scarcity of commodities, remember those who are working to maintain the supply chain.
May we, who observe the long queues of those seeking support, remember those for whom there is no government assistance or financial aid.
May we, who work to end poverty, promote justice and uphold dignity, remember those living and working in vulnerable communities.
May we, who are working from home, remember those who have no employment or home from which to work.
May we, who have access to medical facilities and services, remember those do not have basic health care.
May we, who are beginning to experience border closures, remember refugees who cannot return home.
May we give thanks for those who are working to help or bring some kindness, joy or humour to others, showing us that the light of Christ shines.
During this time of isolation, as we close our doors, may we continue to keep our hearts open to our families, friends, local and global communities.
We asked this in the name of Jesus. Amen.
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, remembering those that have no options.
May we who have to cancel our trips remember those who have no safe place to go.
May we 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 neighbour.
Written by Cameron Wiggins Bellm
A Reflective Poem for the Current Times
And the people stayed at home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still.
And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced.
Some met their shadows.
And the people began to think differently. And the people healed. And in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and create new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.
Written by Kitty O’Meara
Imagine if Dr Seuss were alive today, he might write something like this:
The buildings were big and people would smile
And travel they would mile by mile
But sick they became, in numbers it grew
Businesses worried, and communities too.
Things stopped for a bit, the world slowed its roll
The virus had certainly taken its toll.
But what they then saw from slowing things down.
Is in fact they now had less reasons to frown.
Families now gathered, what game shall we play?
Pass me the blue crayon, give mummy the grey.
Dad’s home guys! He’ll read us a book.
Then all of us together will cook.
The lungs of the planet caught a small break.
Less travel meant less pollution to make.
People did realise they’d all be ok.
They don’t need much so much to get through the day.
Maybe this virus that caused so much stress
Showed the whole world that more can mean less.
Written by Anonymous, Inspired by Dr Seuss
And now another anonymous reflection on online teaching, again based on Dr Seuss style rhyme!
I will teach you in a room.
I will teach you now on Zoom.
I will teach you when your house.
I will teach you with a mouse.
I will teach you here and there.
I will teach you because I care.
So just do your very best.
And do not worry about the rest.