Pray as You Go Jesuit Missionaries
www.prayasyougo.org.uk App available for smart phones
Pray As You Go is a short daily prayer session lasting approximately ten to twelve minutes. The format includes a piece of music, a reading from the readings of the day and a short prayerful reflection based on the chosen reading.
It particularly appeals to me because it’s related to one of the readings of the day, it allows me to experience different types of spiritual music and I like the idea that I’m connected to others who are meditating on the same reflection. However, the Jesuit site also offers a number of other resources including reflections on the rosary, lectio divina and personal retreats.
In response to our current period of uncertainty Pray as You Stay was launched on Monday 23rd March as a prayer support for us during these very difficult and challenging times.
To access other Jesuit resources including ‘United in prayer – be near Jesus at home,’ copy this link into your search engine: https://www.pathwaystogod.org/
Lenten Reflections from John’s gospel Redemptorist Publications
Father Denis McBride is described as ‘a renowned priest, lecturer and author.’ You may be familiar with his books already as we have a number of them in the prayer group library. We also used pictures from his book ‘Stations of the Cross then and now,’ for our Lenten Reflection Evening in 2018.
The Lenten reflections include an introductory video which compares John’s narrative to the other three gospels. The three Lenten Narratives reflect on:
- The Woman of Samaria
- The Man Born Blind
- The Raising of Lazarus
How to access: www.rpbooks.co.uk or google: Redemptorist Publications
Click on the red rectangle which says
Scroll down to the heading: Three Lenten Narratives from the Gospel of John. Clicking on the picture of Father Denis will take you to all of the videos or click on the ‘watch now’ box to watch straight away.
Mass on line
I know many of you have already accessed mass and other online services via the Archdiocese of Glasgow website: www.rcag.org.uk
Vatican Services can be accessed via Vatican’s YouTube channel
I chose to watch Sunday mass and exposition there this week. I found the service very intimate and was left with the feeling that I personally had attended mass with Pope Francis and a very small group of others. The translator was excellent and led exposition beautifully, in my opinion.
Redemptorist Publications are also providing access to Father Denis McBride’s Sunday mass from Saturday noon. www.rpbooks.co.uk
National Novena to Our Lady of Knock www.knockshrine.ie or google Knock
Parish Church Live Stream
Knock is conducting a National Novena to Our Lady of Knock from 17-25 March. Novena intentions: Praying for a swift end to the Coronavirus, the protection of all people against it, all who are ill at this time and all medical and civil authorities.
Two sessions daily: 12 noon: Angelus, Mass and
7.30pm: Mass and Novena prayers followed by Eucharistic blessing
Apparition Chapel Live Stream
The Apparition Chapel, the site of the apparition at Knock in 1879 is also accessible on livestream and provides access to the ‘sacred silence of the site.’ It creates a still, tranquil and prayerful atmosphere.
Light a Candle
Candles can be purchased online (suggested donation 2 Euros). Candles will be lighted and placed at the apparition site on your behalf.
—————————————————————————————————————-Resources for Catholics
The Tablet Catholic Newsweekly
The Tablet has constructed a very long list of resources which are available on line at this time. www.thetablet.co.uk/ or google: The Tablet
Scroll down and click on the heading under the picture of Pope Francis. ‘Isolated but not alone: resources for Catholics.’
Pray as You Go provides artist and album information for all of their music. I’ve found it a good resource for exploring new music. While I’ve downloaded the specific songs and tunes I’ve wanted from iTunes, I’d assume they’ll also be available through Spotify or the details provided should help you to purchase an album.
Artists whose music I’ve shared at our prayer ministry and reflection evenings include:
Eric Nordhoff Soaking – Your Great Name and Quietime
Salt of the Sound And on Earth Peace, Dwell Among Us, In Prayer, Lent Vol 1, Waiting for the Dawn
Karen Money Secret Things
Noirin Ni Riain Vox De Nube (The Beatitudes)
Taize Laudete Omnes Genti, Laudate: Music of Taize
I know many of us already read Father Ronald Rolheiser’s column in the Scottish Catholic Observer. His weekly column, as well as archived columns, may be accessed at www.ronrolheiser.com or google: Father Ronald Rolheiser
He has provided an excellent column this week reflecting on how we may grow through this time. You can also sign up for a twice weekly e-newsletter to twice weekly receive a reflection from his archives.
There are many books we could consider recommending just now. If I had to choose just one, my recommendation would be the late Father Daniel O’Leary’s ‘Travelling Light.’ I think this book requires dedicated time to read and reflect on the daily two page ‘breather’ before participating in the suggested reflection. Perhaps we have the time for this just now.
This poem was penned by a Capuchin Franciscan brother in Ireland. If you are unable to access it using the above link, google: Youtube Radio London, Yes, there is fear.
Worth a listen to if you haven’t heard it already!
May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord let his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
May the Lord uncover his face to you and bring you peace. (Numbers 6:24-27)