Prayers at home

In these extraordinary times when we cannot gather as a Christian Community to celebrate Mass, let us unite ourselves spiritually to the Mass as it is being celebrated in our churches.

You can do this by joining broadcast Masses on radio, parish radio or television or via the internet.

If these are not available, you are encouraged to pray the following prayers at the normal time for the celebration of Mass on Sunday or a Weekday or at any other suitable time. These prayers can be prayed alone or with your family.

If possible, prepare a suitable prayer space with a Crucifix, holy picture or a simple candle.

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:
Lord Jesus you came as a light that shines in darkness and a light that darkness cannot overpower (Jn: 1:5)                                                                         – enlighten our hearts and minds to your presence in our midst.
Act of Penance

For the times when we have failed to love God and to love each other we ask for God’s forgiveness.
Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy.
We pray (Pause for Silent Prayer)
Almighty and merciful God
look with compassion on our affliction,
and so lighten your children’s burden and confirm our faith
that we may always trust without hesitation
in your fatherly providence.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son,
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit
One God for ever and ever. Amen

Listening to God’s Word
The Lord is my shepherd, there is nothing I shall want.
Fresh and green are the pastures where he gives me repose.
Near restful waters he leads me to revive my drooping spirit.
He guides me along what he knows to be right.
If I walk in the darkness, no evil would I fear.
I know that he will be there, with his crook and with his staff.
The Lord has prepared, such a banquet for me.
Surely goodness and kindness shall follow after me.
In the Lord’s own house shall I dwell all the days of my life. (Psalm 23)

A Reading from the Gospel According to Matthew
“At that time Jesus exclaimed, I bless you, Father, Lord of heaven and of earth,
for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to
little children. Yes, Father, for that is what it pleased you to do. Everything has
been entrusted to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the
Father, just as no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the
Son chooses to reveal him. ‘Come to me, all you who labour and are
overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me,
for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Yes,
my yoke is easy and my burden light.'” (Mt 11:26-29)
The Gospel of the Lord – Thanks be to God

If you have internet access, you can replace this Gospel reading with the relevant daily
readings which are available on
(Pause for a moment of silent reflection on the Gospel)

We bring our needs and prayers before our heavenly Father.
We pray for our world at this time (Pause for silent prayer)
Lord grant healing and comfort to those who are afflicted by the Coronavirus.
We pray for our health professionals, our carers, and clergy who are working with those who are sick. (Pause)
Lord protect them and strengthen them as they care in your name.
We pray for our civil leaders (Pause)
Lord inspire them to make wise decisions in these days.
We pray for our Scientists (Pause)
Lord enlighten them as they work to understand what is happening – guide
their work as they strive to find ways to treat and protect us.
We pray for those who are anxious in these days (Pause)
Lord ease their fears and grant them the consolation of your presence.
We pray for those who suffer in any way at this time – the poor, the hungry, the homeless – those who suffer from persecution, war, violence –those who are depressed, lonely or sad (Pause)
Lord help them in their need.
We pray for our families and friends (by name) – Lord protect them and look after them. 

We pray for a spirit of charity among our fellow country men and women
(Pause) Lord, at this time of national crisis, help the people of Ireland to be
generous and to look out for and care for each other.
We pause to pray for our own private intentions. (Pause to mention intentions)
Lord hear my prayer.
We pray for our loved ones who have died (Pause) Lord enfold them ever more closely in your loving embrace.
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,
The Lord’s Prayer
As God’s family we pray as Jesus himself taught us:

Our Father, Who art in Heaven, hallowed be Thy name; Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen

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)
(Pause for silent prayer)
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and thanksgiving be
every moment thine! X3

Concluding Prayer
Let us Pray (Pause for silent prayer)
Merciful Lord,
You know the anguish of the sorrowful,
You are attentive to the prayers of the humble.
Hear your people who cry out to you in their need,
And strengthen their hope in your lasting goodness;
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
We turn to Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland
Give praise to the Father Almighty,
to His Son Jesus Christ the Lord,
to the Spirit who lives in our hearts,
both now and forever. Amen.
Our Lady of Knock,
Queen of Ireland,
you gave hope to your people in a time of distress,                                          and comforted them in sorrow.
You have inspired countless pilgrims
to pray with confidence to your Divine Son,
remembering His promise,
“Ask and you shall receive seek and you shall find”.
Help me to remember that we are all pilgrims on the road to heaven.
Fill me with love and concern for my brothers and sisters in Christ, especially
those who live with me.
Comfort me when I am sick,
lonely or depressed.
Teach me how to take part
ever more reverently in the Holy Mass.
Give me a greater love of Jesus
in the Blessed Sacrament.
Pray for me now
and at the hour of my death. Amen 

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: Have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world: Grant us peace.

Prayer of Blessing
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.
Remember to extinguish the lighting candle
Additional Prayers

Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me.
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.

Patrick’s Breastplate
I arise today, through
God’s strength to pilot me,
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me.
Liturgical texts from The Roman Missal and Rite of Christian Burial


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