Liturgical resources in the time of Covid-19
While the public celebration of Masses are suspended as we exercise social distancing, families and households are encouraged to pray together and especially on Sundays to read the day's Scriptures. Some may be able to find consolation in following live streamed Masses.
With all public events are suspended the Paschal Triduum liturgies — Holy Thursday evening’s Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Good Friday afternoon’s Celebration of the Passion of the Lord, Holy Saturday night’s Easter Vigil, and Easter Sunday morning’s Mass during the Day — cannot be celebrated as usual, but neither does watching live streamed celebrations provide actual participation. Instead, those who cannot attend the Triduum liturgies in the church replace them with Vespers on Holy Thursday, a Liturgy of the Word on Good Friday, the Office of Readings on Holy Saturday night, and our Order of Service in the Absence of an Ordained Priest on Sunday morning, specially prepared here to be prayed at home.
Adapted forms of our diocesan Order of Service in the Absence of an Ordained Priest are available here, prepared for the coming Sunday with the proper texts: for families or small groups (currently Palm Sunday's, 05 April), and for one person (currently Palm Sunday's, 05 April) — for Easter Sunday see Easter Triduum, above. Since the provision of the Blessed Sacrament for homes has become impractical these no longer include Holy Communion. Both forms are .PDFs formatted to A5 pages ready to be printed as a booklet (A4 folded), but they are suitable also for iPads, Tablets and large screen phones.
From the Liturgy of the Hours, each Sunday’s Morning Prayer (Lauds) and Evening Prayer (Vespers) are being prepared for download at Liturgy.life.
Live streamed Liturgies
From the Bishop’s House, Cairns: Sundays, Mass at 10.00am and 5.30pm; daily, Morning Prayer (Lauds) at 9.00am, Midday Prayer at noon; the Office of Readings at 3.00pm, Evening Prayer (Vespers) at 5.00pm, and daily Mass at 5.30 pm followed by Night Prayer at 6.00pm. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament is streamed at all other times (day and night). To obtain the texts to read along during streaming, or to pray these prayers at other times, visit Universalis which is also available as an App for phones and tablets.
Penance/Reconciliation in time of Covid-19
Rome has issued a note about Reconciliation. Some observations are relevant only in areas of extreme difficulty, such as Italy and overwhelmed hospitals, and is particularly concerned for the care of the dying. While we have not entered this scenario, the request to remain at home except for essential needs creates a practical difficulty for others wishing to avail themselves of Reconciliation. The note contains this useful reminder (with the main point in bold, the essential element underlined):
Where the individual faithful find themselves in the painful impossibility of receiving sacramental absolution, it should be remembered that perfect contrition, coming from the love of God, beloved above all things, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness (that which the penitent is at present able to express) and accompanied by votum confessionis, that is, by the firm resolution to have recourse, as soon as possible, to sacramental confession, obtains forgiveness of sins, even mortal ones (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 1452).
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