Free pastoral resources for praying together
even when we are apart
Our pastoral response to COVID-19 is evolving as rapidly as the world around us. Please check back regularly for updates, as we will continue to create and share free resources to meet the needs of parishes and individuals who are adjusting to physical distancing and temporarily altered parish schedules.
- The Exsultet, or the Easter Proclamation, is the triumphant hymn of praise that proclaims “Christ is Risen” during the Easter Vigil in the Roman Rite. This Sacramental moment makes present the promise and joy of the great feast of the Easter season. Our friends at the USCCB paired Charles Rohrbacher’s captivating illuminations from our book The Easter Proclamation with a beautiful recording of one of the most sacred moments of the liturgical year.
- John 20:1-9, was this year’s Easter Sunday Gospel. It is here proclaimed by Bex Gaunt and Zack Stachowski. Anthony Ruff, OSB, included this chant setting in his collection Sung Gospels for Major Solemnities in Multiple Voices.
- Listen to our free Spotify playlist, Music for the Easter Season.
Healing and Grief
- Praying Together, Praying Apart: At-Home Prayers for Times of Healing, Illness, and Death
- Orando juntos, Orando a solas: Orando en el Hogar en Tiempos de Sanación, Enfermedad y Muerte
The COVID-19 virus forces us to grapple with a difficult reality. Amid self-isolation and “stay-at-home” orders, an increasing number of people are experiencing sickness and death separated from other people. This resource strives to offer some concrete ways to pray, heal, and grieve together when we are physically apart.
- Anne and Jeffery Rowthorn, authors of God’s Good Earth, wrote a litany for the dying, the departed, and the grieving.
- TeamRCIA is sharing blog posts and videos offering guidance on celebrating the scrutinies and rites of initiation.
- Follow PrayTell Blog to stay up-to-date on liturgical developments, scholarship, and commentaries on contemporary practices.
- Anne and Jeffery Rowthorn, authors of God’s Good Earth, wrote a litany for the coronavirus.
- Traduzioni Correcto (Decree In time of Covid-19) offers direction regarding the celebration of holy week liturgies (pages 3-4 are in English). Watch this video to hear Nick and Diana of Team RCIA summarize and break down how this document will affect parish liturgies.
The Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments has issued new Mass texts regarding the pandemic. The Congregation suggests two options for readings available in English and Spanish. This “Mass for Various Needs and Occasions” may be used for the duration of the Pandemic. These may NOT be used on the usual liturgical days – Triduum; Solemnities; the Sundays of Advent, Lent, and Easter; days of Holy Week; All Souls, Ash Wednesday. The new Decree and the new Mass texts are under “2020” at this link: http://www.cultodivino.va/content/cultodivino/it/documenti/decreti-generali/decreti-generali.html
Give Us This Day
- Give Us This Day is offering free access to the digital editions of the April and May issues.
Little Rock Scripture StudyStay connected with your Bible study group. We compiled some ideas for ways to continue your study, pray together, and root yourselves in the word of God. Have other ideas? Let us know! We’d love to hear how your group is present to one another.
- Ideas for Bible Study During a Time of Social Distancing
- A Comparison of Zoom and Skype (two possible online meeting formats)
- How to Host a Zoom Meeting
- How to Join a Zoom Meeting
- A Prayer in Times of Stress
- 10 Scripture Passages to Pray with in Uncertain Times
- Listen to our free Spotify playlist, Psallite Music for Consolation, Hope and Healing, featuring songs from the Psallite collection by the Collegeville Composers Group.
- Our entire music catalogue can be licensed for streaming and reprinting through OneLicense. Please see their website for more information about obtaining a special discounted license. For all details, please visit https://news.onelicense.net/2020/04/13/looking-ahead-licensing-options-for-gratis-accounts-after-april-15/
St. John’s Abbey
- Join the Benedictine community at St. John’s Abbey for Mass via the live stream. Mass is celebrated at 5:00 pm on weekdays, Saturdays at 11:30 am, and Sundays at 10:30 am CST. Please see the website for any changes to the Mass schedule for upcoming feasts and holy days.