I hope this will be useful for a Vigil tonight, or sometime on Sunday. Please prepare a table with a candle, and if possible, some fresh flowers from the garden-
Unfortunately, parish life (as we knew it) is not coming back anytime soon. May God bless you & your families here and in your home country.
PRAYERS AT HOME
WHEN GATHERING FOR MASS
IS NOT POSSIBLE
If you love me you will keep my commandments.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
“In truth I tell you once again, if two of you on earth agree to ask anything at all, it will be granted to you by my Father in heaven. For where two or three meet in my name, I am there among them.” Mt: 18:19-20
As you light the candle pray:
Act of Penance
For the times when we have failed to love God and to love each other we ask for God’s forgiveness. May almighty God have mercy on us and forgive us our sins, amen
Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy
We pray (Pause for Silent Prayer)
God of life,
in your risen Son
you reveal your abiding presence among us
and summon those reborn in baptism
to lives of worship and service.
Fill us with reverence
as we come before you in prayer.
Grant us courage and zeal
in bearing witness before the world
to your Son, Jesus Christ, the firstborn from the dead,
who lives and reigns with you now and always
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever.
A Reading from the Gospel According to John 14:15-21
Jesus said to his disciples:
"If you love me you will keep my commandments.
I shall ask the Father,
and he will give you another Advocate
to be with you for ever,
the Spirit of truth
whom the world can never accept
since it neither sees nor knows him;
but you know him,
because he is with you, he is in you.
I shall not leave you orphans;
I shall come to you.
In a short time the world will no longer see me;
but you will see that I live and you also will live.
On that day
you will know that I am in my Father
and you in me and I in you.
Whoever holds to my commandments and keeps them
is the one who loves me;
and whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,
and I shall love him and reveal myself to him.'"
Cry out with Joy to God, all the earth, is the response to the psalm today. There is something quite catchy with this response, but, I do not detect too much Joy these days.
I am not meeting many people who’re crying out to God with Joy. It is a difficult thing to do, to celebrate, and to be joyful.
Joy, love, friendship, what God, wants for us.
Sometimes we think that the very early Christian communities, were good at this, always much better than we are, they were good, holy, joyful people, living together and it has been all downhill ever since……………
It wasn’t quite so.
Usually we find God’s Word to be challenging. Gospel words and the Psalm sentiments of joy, need to be lived, if they are to become alive, active and authentic.
Through the waters of baptism and when we are sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit in Confirmation, we become carriers of that same Spirit. The Holy Spirit demands, that we become a caring community, bringing comfort and consolation and joy to each other.
In the Gospel today, Jesus promises us help.
This helper, the Advocate, the third person of the Trinity, doesn’t give mums and dads to the orphans, but does help them hang in there, in the struggle.
I am sure most would agree that the life of Jesus, was Spirit filled, it was this Spirit filled Jesus, who was familiar with suffering that promised us help.
“I am with you always, until the end of time, He who hears you, hears me.”
We are God’s presence in the world, we are God’s Joy.
Today, we are being challenged and comforted, the challenge can appear overwhelming, but we are being comforted to be helpers to each other.
To the despairing, my message is simply this, hang in there, to those who are smug and comfortable; smell the sheep, wake up and allow the Spirit, to be the helper of the abandoned and helpless.
Christian hope and joy, are fragile virtues, but if Joy and hope is your happy lot, shout it out!
How conscious are we of the Joy of God, as we go about our daily business?
Come Holy Spirit kindle love and Joy within us. Bring forth Hope, Joy and Peace in your Presence.
Because there are so many around us, who desperately need to hear you, and hear us.
Cry out with Joy to God, all the earth.
That in union with Pope Francis,
who seeks the particular help of Mary
during this pandemic,
we may join with him in asking God to deliver the world
from this virus and the anxiety which it is generating. Lord, hear us.
That in his saving Mercy
God will rescue our world from danger again
and restore to the human family
a new experience and sense of unity,
so that we become a gentler and more compassionate people. Lord, hear us.
That all who are sick with the coronavirus
around the world,
that they may receive the gift of healing
and be strengthened in their spirit and in faith. Lord, hear us.
That those who heroically care for people with the coronavirus,
that they may be protected from harm themselves,
and be strengthened by Jesus, the Divine Physician. Lord, hear us.
That all who face financial stress at this time,
those who have lost employment, or have no money for food and shelter, and for charities which seek to give them support,
that governments and communities will work together to relieve
this suffering. Lord, hear us.
For those who are now vulnerable to the pandemic:
those in refugee camps, those in close living in
poor districts of cities in South America, Asia and Africa,
those in crowded prisons, in migrant worker housing,
and those on ships and liners,
that they will not be forgotten by the rest of the world. Lord, hear us.
For those who have died of the coronavirus
in hospitals and in nursing homes,
among health care workers, priests, religious and care givers,
those who have died at home,
and those who died longing to receive the Sacraments
that eternal life will be theirs. Lord, hear us.
We pray for Christians everywhere, loved by the Father
and the Son and the Holy Spirit,
that they will keep the commandment of love. Lord, hear us.
We pray for each other living in these difficult times,
that we will witness to our hope with courtesy and respect
and a clear conscience. Lord, hear us.
We pray for the Government Switzerland,
that in these months of hardship
they will extend financial assistance to those in Switzerland
who have no source of income. Lord, hear us
Father, we ask you to hear these our prayers and if it be your will to answer them for we make them in faith and love and trust thorough Christ our Lord, Amen.
As God’s family we pray as Jesus himself taught us:
While we cannot receive communion at this time we can still make an act of Spiritual Communion in which we express our faith in Jesus and in his presence in the Eucharist and invite him to unite himself with us.
Act of Spiritual Communion
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. (St Alphonsus de Liguori)
Pope Francis’ Prayer to Our Lady during the Coronavirus Pandemic
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. Amen.
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.
Deep peace of the running waves to you
Deep peace of the flowing air to you
Deep peace of the smiling stars to you
Deep peace of the quiet earth to you
Deep peace of the watching shepherds to you
Deep peace of the Son of Peace to you
Prayer of Blessing
May the Blessings of each day, Be the Blessings you need most.
St Michael, the Archangel, Protect and Pray for us. Amen.
The Lord bless us and keep us; The Lord make his face shine on us and be gracious to us; The Lord turn his face toward us and give us his peace both now and forever. Amen.
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
when you walked with us on earth
you spread your healing power.
We place in your loving care
all who are affected by Coronavirus.
Keep us strong in faith, hope and love.
Bring relief to our sick,
console our bereaved,
protect those who care for us.
We lift our prayer to you Lord,
and trust in your infinite mercy,
as we wait for the daybreak.
Prayers in times of Challenge
God of Love, we turn to you with prayerful hearts and with confidence in your loving presence among us now and in every moment of our lives. We stand before you as a people of hope, trusting in your care and protection. May we be comforted by your love in these anxious times.
Generous and Merciful God, fill us with compassion and concern for others, young and old; that we may look after each other in these challenging times, especially those among us who are vulnerable. May your example give us the courage we need to go to the margins, wherever they may be? Heal us of our fear.
Healing God, bring healing to those who are sick with the Coronavirus and be with their families and neighbours. We pray especially who those who are isolated, that they may know your love. Stay by our side in this time of uncertainty and sorrow.
God of Strength, accompany all those who serve us with such love and generosity in the medical profession and in all our healthcare facilities. We give thanks for their continued work in the service of people. We ask you to bless them, strengthen them and guide them with your abundant goodness.
God of Wisdom, we ask you to guide the leaders in healthcare and governance; that they may make the right decisions for the wellbeing of people
O God of creation and God of life, we place ourselves and our world in your protection and love. May your peace be with us and enfold us today, tomorrow and during the time ahead.
We make our prayer through the intercession of Mary our Mother, and all the saints.
St Joseph, pray for us.
St Patrick, pray for us.
St Nicolas de Flue, pray for us,
St Denis, pray for us.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.
May all the saints of God, pray for us, Amen!
Prayer of St John Henry Newman
Peace At Last:
O Lord, support us all day long,
until the shadows lengthen,
and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over,
and our work is done.
Then in your mercy,
grant us a safe lodging and a holy rest,
and peace at last. Amen
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Fr Paul C Friel
St John XXIII Parish
Rue de Montbrillant, 57
Tel No: 0227330483 www.johnxxiii.ch