Prayer and Worship

 

During this time of social isolation – we join together in prayer and worship, united as a family of God.  I have put together a number of resources, from the Birmingham Diocese to support prayerful reflection at this time.

The following information comes from https://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/parishes-online

Bishop Patrick McKinney invites you all to join him in praying for each other and praying especially for those affected by Covid-19.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaf7upUMsn3Kl8GD79FotjQ

You can also register your children, for a Children’s ‘Liturgy of the Word’, which takes place live every Sunday at 10am

https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5095942131288155403

Today at 3pm, (27.3.30) there will be a live ‘Stations of the Cross’ video for you to watch and follow (27.3.30):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEHRXaqS6kc 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaf7upUMsn3Kl8GD79FotjQ 

When ‘Mass’ cannot be celebrated publicly on Sunday, you may wish to use the Readings and Prayers below:

https://www.birminghamdiocese.org.uk/Handlers/Download.ashx?IDMF=ec5d0efd-fc2f-426a-b5af-4924f0eb7369

You may also want to take the opportunity to do a ‘virtual pilgrimage’ at this time, using the link here:

https://aleteia.org/2020/03/25/take-a-virtual-pilgrimage-in-the-time-of-coronavirus/

Which will take you and your families to many of the world famous pilgrimage sites

 

 

I leave you with the encouraging words of St. John Henry Newman

Lead kindly light, amidst encircling gloom,
Lead thou me on.
The night is dark, and I am far from home,
Lead thou me on.
Keep though my feet, I do not ask to see,
The distant scene.
One step enough for me.

Newman entitled this poem The Pillar of Cloud. It is a reference from the Old Testament to describe God’s presence, in the midst of major difficulties, by day. At night, this is referred to as: The Pillar of Fire.

Our local Saint’s prayer is very apt for our present troubled circumstances.

God is travelling with us, wherever we are, whatever we are doing.

Newman, on board a ship around Italy, had just recovered from a life threatening illness. His words remind us that Jesus said “I am with you till the end of time.”
God bless you all
Mrs Stephanie Cottriall