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DAILY MASS at 1.00 p.m., 5.00 p.m., and Midnight (B.S.T.)
Also Pope Francis's daily celebration of Holy Mass, at 6.00 a.m., from the chapel of Casa Sancta Marta, Vatican City State.
PRAYER TO SAINT ROCH
O blessed Saint Roch, patron of the sick,
have pity on those who lie upon a bed of suffering.
Your power was so great when you were in this world,
that by the sign of the Cross, many were healed of their diseases.
Now that you are in heaven, your power is not less.
Offer, then, to God our sighs and tears
and obtain for us that health we seek.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Saint Roch, pray for us,
that we may be preserved
from all diseases of body and soul.
A PRAYER FOR ALL PEOPLE AFFECTED BY CORONA VIRUS
Almighty ever-living God, only support of our human weakness, look with compassion upon the sorrowful condition of your children who suffer because of this pandemic; relieve the pain of the sick, give strength to those who care for them, welcome into your presence those who have died and, through this time of tribulation, grant that we may all find comfort in your merciful love. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
God our Father, Creator of the world, almighty and merciful, out of love for us You sent your Son into the world as the doctor of our souls and our bodies, look upon your children who, in this difficult time of confusion and dismay across the world, turn to you seeking strength, salvation and relief: deliver us from illness and fear, heal our sick, comfort their families, give wisdom to our rulers, energy and reward to our doctors, nurses and volunteers, eternal life to the dead. Do not abandon us in the moment of trial, but deliver us from all evil. We ask this of You, who with the Son and the Holy Spirit, live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.
Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us!
AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
(St. Alphonsus Ligouri)
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.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus,
have mercy on us.
The Prime Minister addressed the nation on Corona Virus on the 23rd March 2020 stating that to ensure compliance with Her Majesty's Government’s instruction to stay at home, all places of worship must close. Saint Thomas's Church at Woodbridge and Saint Clare's Church at Framlingham will remain closed until further notice.
DISPENSATION FROM EASTER DUTIES 2020
Many of our people will be aware of their Easter Duties – to receive Holy Communion during the Easter Season and by custom to celebrate the Sacrament of reconciliation beforehand. As it is not possible for the faithful to receive Holy Communion at this time and into the future weeks, the Bishops of England and Wales have dispensed the Easter Duties for the year 2020.
The Bishops have asked that all should make a Perfect Act of Contrition at this time – that is true and real sorrow for sins when we realise the immense love of God for us. We express this contrition when we realise how we offended God by our sinful words, deeds and omissions in contrast to his immeasurable love and mercy that he continually shows us.
The Act of Contrition that has been suggested for use is as follows:
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart. In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things. I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more, and to avoid whatever leads me to sin. Our Saviour Jesus Christ suffered and died for us. In his name, my God, have mercy. Amen.
Bishop Alan Hopes asks us to pray the Rosary between 2.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. on Sunday 31st May. The bishop writes:-
In his letter on the month of May, Pope Francis writes:
It is traditional in this month to pray the Rosary at home within the family. The restrictions of the pandemic have made us come to appreciate all the more this “family” aspect, also from a spiritual point of view. For this reason I want you to encourage everyone to rediscover the beauty OF PRAYING THE ROSARY AT HOME IN THIS MONTH OF MAY. This can be done as a group or individually; you can decide according to your own situations, making the most of both opportunities. The key to doing this is always simplicity and it is easy also on the internet to find good models of prayer to follow.
In response to pope Francis’s request there has been a Rosary Mission co-hosted by the London Rosary Shrine, Walsingham Basilica, Carfin Grotto and Rosary on the Coast. I invite you to take part in the culmination of this initiative – a Rosary Relay - on 31st May. Each Diocese has been asked to encourage everyone to pray the Rosary at a designated hour.
The Diocese of East Anglia has been asked to pray the Rosary between 2.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. on Sunday 31st May, Pentecost Sunday. I shall lead the Rosary at 2.00 p.m. which will be live streamed from St. John the Baptist’s cathedral, Norwich, that afternoon.
The focus for our prayer intentions is:
for faith, the sanctity of life and peace in the world;
for an end to the Covid-19 virus, for the sick and dying, for the dead and the grieving, for all health workers and carers, for those researching for an anti-virus;
for the protection of the common good and people’s economic livelihoods;
for the poor, homeless, and destitute; and
that the Holy Spirit will preserve us from disaster and war.