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Prayer Resources

Liturgy and Prayer Resources for Catholic Communities
During Suspension of Liturgical Celebrations
Due to Coronavirus (2020)

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Connected in Christ

Connected in Christ is our weekly resource, allowing generations to remain connected even while physically separate. Grandchildren can share their discoveries with grandparents and vice versa.

We hope that, in some small way, this resource will bring hope, joy and comfort to the people of Broken Bay as, together, we navigate our way through these unprecedented times.

 

Click here to download Connected in Christ - Fifth Sunday of Lent

 

Online Mass

A number of parishes within the Diocese of Broken Bay are live-streaming Mass via Facebook and YouTube.  To find out if your parish is streaming, go to our Mass on Demand page.

Vatican Media Live
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJHI8bI0LWg

Spiritual Communion
While you are praying with the celebration of the Eucharist via online media, it is common to make an act of Spiritual Communion.  We come before God in prayer to express the desire in our hearts to receive the Body and Blood of Christ, to be closely united to Him.
You might use this prayer at the moment of Communion in the Mass.

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.
Amen.


Prayer Resources

Pray as You Go  
Start each day with a reflection on the day's scripture passage, which includes text, music and a guided meditation. Approximately 15 mins. Can be downloaded as an App.
 
Pray with the Taizé Community - live
A reflective way to begin each day during Holy Week - pray live with the Taizé community each morning from 6.30am.
Liturgy of the Hours
Join the Prayer of the Church throughout the day, streamed live from Cairns Cathedral. 
Stream begins with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament followed by Midday Prayer, Office of Readings (3 pm), Evening Prayer (5 pm), Mass of the Day (5:30 pm) Night Prayer (6 pm), ending with Morning Prayer (9 am).
 

Praying with Scripture

Universalis
Find the day’s readings and other resources.
Online: https://universalis.com/1100/mass.htm
App: https://apps.apple.com/au/app/universalis/id284942719 or 
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.universalis.android.universalis&hl=en_AU

Lectio Divina
Immerse yourself in the Sunday scriptures using lectio divina. Take time to listen to God’s word via this video-recorded session, presented by Bishop Emeritus of Broken Bay, Most Rev David Walker, Fr John Frauenfelder and Virginia Ryan from the Centre for Christian Spirituality http://centreforchristianspirituality.com.au/

The Carmelites Lectio Divina
A lectio form the Carmelites for each day of the week. Provided is an opening prayer followed by the reading for the day and a comprehensive reflection. 
https://www.carmelites.org.au/lectiodivina

Daily Gospel Reflections
The My Catholic Life! website offers insightful Daily Gospel reflections via audio and text, as well as other prayer resources.
https://catholic-daily-reflections.com/daily-reflections/

Catholic Productions
A YouTube channel with videos on the weekly scriptures and other content
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCONSMaVH6PuXBKQ00aPANpQ

Sunday Connection
Background and activities on the Sunday Scriptures for all ages and families to connect the Readings to daily life.
https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/sunday-connection

Faith Circles
Weekly Gospel reading with reflection and guided questions. 
https://www.dow.org.au/media-resources/faith-circles/

The Word on the Hill
An app that offers insightful reflections on the upcoming Sunday Readings, presented by a Priest and a biblical scholar.
http://www.lankyguys.org/

Bible in One Year
Take this opportunity to read the Bible. This App is very easy to use, with daily passages from the Psalms, New Testament and Old Testament. Can be read or listened to.
https://www.bibleinoneyear.org/

 The Bible App for Kids (YouVersion) 
A free interactive App for children with animated bible stories, games and activities. 
https://www.bible.com/kids


Catholic Radio

The Journey Catholic Radio
https://www.dow.org.au/media-resources/journey-radio/
Take time to listen to The Journey Catholic Radio this week, a program all about faith, hope, love and life. It includes music, a weekly Gospel reflection, interviews, and weekly input from Australian Catholic presenters, including Mother Hilda Scott osb.


Children's Activities

SDC Children’s Liturgy Worksheets
A worksheet for each Sunday with a puzzle and to colour in
http://www.sdc.me.uk/sundayliturgy/


CatholicMom
Colouring sheets, worksheets and puzzles for each Sunday
http://catholicmom.com/kids/catholic-gospel-coloring-worksheets-sunday-mass/


LiturgyHelp
Currently free access, by making a free account on the website
Puzzles for each Sunday
https://liturgyhelp.com/


Catholic Kids Media
Videos on each Sunday’s Gospel. In particular, see this video on Palm Sunday and the Passion for children
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dzpHkKG3Y2g

Sunday Connection (Loyola Press)
Family and age-appropriate activities for each Sunday.
https://www.loyolapress.com/our-catholic-faith/liturgical-year/sunday-connection

Formed – Kids & Adults
A variety of videos, many for children, including Brother Francis - 11 videos, including ‘Let’s Learn about Lent’.
Currently free access, by making a free account on the website

https://formed.org/


During the period of suspension of public liturgies in response to the Coronavirus crisis, Catholics can take heart from one of the key decrees of the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) on Christ’s presence in the liturgy:

“Christ is always present in his Church, especially in its liturgical celebrations. He is present in the sacrifice of the Mass, not only in the person of his minister, ‘the same now offering, through the ministry of priests, who formerly offered himself on the cross’ but especially under the Eucharistic elements.  By his power he is present in the sacraments, so that when a man baptises it is really Christ himself who baptises. He is present in his word, since it is he himself who speaks when the holy Scriptures are read in the Church.  He is present, lastly when the Church prays and sings, for he promised: ‘Where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them’” (Mt 18:20). 

[Vatican Council II, Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy (1963) art. 7]

If parishioners pray at home at the same time they would normally be together praying at Mass, there is a very real sense in which two or three are gathering in Christ’s name, in the unity of their prayer rather than of their physical person.  Individual and family prayer based on the Liturgy of the Word at Mass, the Liturgy of the Hours and other sources provides members of parishes and families with an opportunity to honour Christ’s presence in the domestic Church as those present pray to God in thanksgiving for gifts received, and for the needs of the Church and the world. 

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