As we face difficult and challenging times during the global outbreak of the Coronavirus we need to support each other – especially the elderly and the vulnerable – through a deepening of our prayer and worship. Below are some online resources for keeping spiritually connected. Please get in touch with me with your own suggestions for resources which you are finding helpful at firstname.lastname@example.org
Alone together: a guide to isolation and social distancing from those who know by Abbot Christopher.
The Tablet: the International Catholic News Weekly has published a comprehensive list of resources in “Isolated but not alone – resources for Catholics”.
The Catholic Truth Society has resources to support your prayer life in isolation.
Sign up to CAFOD’s weekly reflections on the Sunday Gospel
Visit Jesuits in Britain’s Corona One Stop Shop for a comprehensive list of resources including Zoom events, livestreamed Masses, Mass sheets, online retreats and prayer links.
The Corrymeela Community has Prayers for community in a time of pandemic
The World Community for Christian Meditation is providing a contemplative path through crisis.
For people working at home, take a break from your computer and make a 3-minute retreat.
Lectio Divina as a Spiritual Practice: the forced isolation that comes with the coronavirus pandemic can be viewed as a gift when seen as an unprecedented opportunity for engaging in a variety of spiritual practices that require solitude, silence and stillness. Lectio Divina is such a practice. An ancient Christian form of meditative prayer, it is a way of listening to Scripture as if we were in a conversation with Christ. Follow the Word of God on the Order of Carmelites website.
24-7 Prayer is an international, interdenominational movement of prayer, mission and justice. Join their virtual prayer room to pray for the coronavirus pandemic.
Church At Home: receive small group Bible studies to share with family and friends.
Hallow: a meditation app to help you find peace and grow in your spiritual journey. The app has several sections, such as “lectio divina,” which is a meditative way of reading the Bible; a daily “examen”; traditional prayers like the rosary and stations of the cross; and “praylists.” It also has a 15-session “stuck at home” playlist with sessions focused on the power of prayer and finding peace in trusting God.
Pray as you go is a daily prayer session, designed for use on portable devices, to help you pray whenever you find time, but particularly whilst travelling to and from work, study, etc.
iPray the Gospel is an application that will help you to pray with the Gospel of each day. It provides the Gospel of the day and commentary on it. The app contains some common prayers, prayers for after Mass, prayer cards, novenas and a guide and examination of conscience to help you prepare your Confession.
Reimagining the Examen offers a modern take on St. Ignatius’s 500-year-old prayer. Its Examens can be adapted to users’ particular needs and situations. With thoughtful reflections on relationships, pending decisions, times of transition, or gratitude, users can review their day with God wherever they are.
One Minute Pause is a simple way to connect with God in the midst of your busy day.
Listen to the Chants for St Benedict sung by the Worth Abbey monks on Spotify (a free service available on the internet).
Listen to Taize chants recorded by Mandy, Nick, Abigail and Rebecca Horton.
Bless the Lord My Soul
O Lord, Hear My Prayer
Evening prayer live from Taize at 7.30pm.
A Spiritual Exercise
Sit in stillness for ten to fifteen minutes and open your heart to receive God’s gift of the Holy Spirit. This spiritual exercise will deepen your awareness of the presence of the Holy Spirit in your heart and give you confidence that the Spirit will be with you in everything you do to make Christ known. Continue reading
CAFOD has lots of ideas for keeping us together as a community
Books to provide entertainment and hope in a time of uncertainty: suggested reading from the Church House Bookshop
Theology in Isolation from the SCM Press
St Mary’s Press has online readings, reflections and questions, suitable for young people and children, updated daily.
In the light of school closures CAFOD has resources for primary school children and young people.
Pope Francis’ Prayer for Protection from Coronavirus
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign
of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself,
and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.
We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test
– and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
During these challenging times of living with coronavirus, it is more important than ever that we take steps to protect our mental health. The Church of England has produced Supporting Good Mental Health, a mental health reflections booklet to provide, hope, reassurance and comfort.