Blessings and Prayers during this time of a pandemic

There has been an outpouring of resources for us to absorb including links to Stations of the Cross. Consider ways to bring some of these into our prayer life. This page will include different offerings as we spend our days in lockdown.

Prayers fo the Mass in the time of Pandemic

Prayers of the "Mass in the Time of Pandemic" pleading for God's mercy and the gift of strength at this grave time has been approved by the Congregation of Divine Worship. This special Mass has been sent to all bishops. The Mass opens with this prayer:

Look with compassion on the afflicted, grant eternal rest to the dead, comfort to mourners, healing to the sick, peace to the dying, strength to healthcare workers, wisdom to our leaders and the courage to reach out to all in love.

 More information from Vatican News can be found here

Also background information from the NCR click here 

Prayers for the Mass in English plus Intercessions for Good Friday. Here 

 Home prayers during Holy Week

Suggestions for Prayer at Home over Holy Week are available on the Wellington Archdiocesan website. Click here for the pdf 

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 Stations of the Cross

  • Stations of the Cross with Nicholas King SJ, scripture scholar from Campion Hall, Oxford. Provides the scriptural text for each station and reflective questions. Each Station is approx. (3 mins duration.) Here
  • Pray as you go Stations of the Cross reflections. Take the time to meditate at each station online with classical music, scripture, a short reflection and prayer. Each station is approx. (8.30 mins duration.) Here
  • Several choices are to be found on the Mercy resources for Holy Week site. Here You might like to pray with the video aimed for a youthful audience on Busted Halo. (30 mins duration.)
  • Stations of the Cross for ethnically diverse groups. This presentation was created by a South Wellington parish community for Caritas in 2013. For a pdf click here. A Powerpoint version with notes is available on request.

Prayer during this time of suffering and uncertainty

Pray as you go. From the Home page you can choose Retreat or Prayer tools. Here

In Reverse - prayer in a time of isolation by James Lyons. Here

7 more poems for praying by Anne Powell. Here     Also More poems in the time of COVID Click here

Prayer resources from the Catholic church in Australia. Here

Sunday Prayer in the HomeHere

Prayers during a time of flu and illnessHere

Listen to Mary Oliver's short poem Praying about the need to pay attention to the small hidden things Here