USEFUL PRAYER LINKS
5/4/20 MORE PRAYER LINKS THAT YOU MIGHT FIND HELPFUL:
AN ORDER FOR HOLY COMMUNION
Prayers for use at home
A PRAYER BEFORE WORSHIP
Sovereign God, teach us, the family of the 3B’s, to listen to your voice.
Make us ready to do your will. Awaken in us a love for you.
Renew us with your Holy Spirit, so that we may grow in the likeness of your Son.
Alert us to the needs of others, that we may reach out in grace, each and every day, with
thanksgiving and praise, sharing your vision; proclaiming your love, and changing this world.
In the name of Jesus Christ. AMEN.
PRAYER OF PREPARATION
Almighty God, to whom all hearts are open, all desires known, and from whom no secrets are hidden: cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you, and worthily magnify your holy name; through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN
PRAYER OF PENITENCE
Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned against you and against our neighbour in thought, word and deed, through negligence, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault. We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins. For the sake of your Son, Jesus Christ, who died for us, forgive us all that is past and grant that we may serve you in newness of life to the glory of your name. AMEN
THE GLORIA [NB. It is not customary to say the Gloria in Lent. Begin again on Easter Sunday]
Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth. Lord God, heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship you, we give you thanks, we praise you for your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, you take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us. You are seated at the right hand of the Father: receive our prayer. For you alone are the Holy One, you alone are the Lord, you alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. AMEN
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten not made, of one Being with the Father, through whom all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, wads incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. AMEN
May the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with my family and with all those whom I love, wherever they may be, and remain with us for ever. AMEN
COLLECTS AND READINGS
LENT 6 – PALM SUNDAY
True and humble king, hailed by the crowd as Messiah: grant us the faith to know you and love you, that we may be found beside you on the way of the cross, which is the path of glory. Amen
READINGS: Isaiah 50.4-9a Philippians 2.5-11 Matthew 26.14-27.66
MONDAY OF HOLY WEEK
Use Palm Sunday's Collect
READINGS: Isaiah 42.1-9 Hebrews 911-15 John 12.1-11
TUESDAY OF HOLY WEEK
Use Palm Sunday's Collect
READINGS: Isaiah 49.1-7 1 Corinthians 1.18-31 John 12.20-36
WEDNESDAY OF HOLY WEEK
Use Palm Sunday's Collect
READINGS: Isaiah 50.4-9a Hebrews 12. 1-3 John 13.21-32
God our Father, your Son Jesus Christ was obedient to the end and drank the cup prepared for him: may we who share his table watch with him through the night of suffering and be faithful. Amen
READINGS: Exodus 12.1-4, 11-14 1 Corinthians 11.23-26 John 13. 1-17, 31b-35
Eternal God, in the cross of Jesus we see the cost of our sin and the depth of your love: in humble hope and fear may we place at his feet all that we have and all that we are, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
READINGS: Isaiah 52 – 53.12 Hebrews 4.14-16; 5.7-9 John 18 – 19.42
In the depths of our isolation we cry to you, Lord God: give light in our darkness and bring us out of the prison of our despair; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
READINGS: Lamentations 3.1-9, 19-24 1 Peter 4.1-8 Matthew 27.57-66
God of glory, by the raising of your Son you have broken the chains of death and hell: fill your Church with faith and hope; for a new day has dawned and the way to life stands open in our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen
READINGS: Jeremiah 31:1-6 Acts 10.34-43 John 20.1-18
for when you can’t get to church or for use at home
The Parish of Beeding and Bramber with Botolphs
Simple Forms of Prayer 4
Some Collects and Other Prayers To Say 5
A Form of Prayer During the Day 9
An Act of Spiritual Communion 11
Creative Ways of Praying 13
Some Online Resources 13
Copyright information: some material in this booklet is taken from Common Worship: Services and Prayers for
the Church of England (2000) and Common Worship: Pastoral Services (2000), copyright © The Archbishops’ Council (2000). Used with permission.
Perhaps you find it hard to pray at home? You aren’t alone in this, but we hope this booklet will help.
Being stuck at home can be boring, frustrating, or lonely, even if there are other people in the house with you! And if you are very unwell, or worried you might become so, it can be frightening, too. God is with us in these situations, whether we are conscious of his presence or not. Remembering this, and relying on him in prayer, can help you to keep going.
In normal circumstances, we are pleased to arrange for sick or housebound people to have communion at home, but where quarantine/ self-isolation rules are in place, this won’t be possible. But Common Worship reminds us in its liturgy for the sick that “Believers who cannot physically receive the sacrament are to be assured that they are partakers by faith of the body and blood of Christ and of the benefits he conveys to us by them.” Illness – or self-isolation – can’t separate us from Jesus’ love.
We hope this booklet will give you some ideas about how to maintain and deepen your faith and your prayers. God wants us to turn to him in all our troubles and perplexities, even if we can’t always find the “right words”. And remember - the rest of the church is praying for you!
With thanks to the North Wakefield Benefice Team Ministry for compiling this booklet and to the Shoreham clergy for sharing.
Simple Forms of Prayer
● Lighting a candle before you pray can help you to focus and listen.
● Jesus taught us the Lord’s Prayer so that we would always have words to say. Use it!
● The “Examen”. Don’t let the name put you off! This is a very simple
way to prayerfully review your day with God in five steps:
1. Become aware of God’s presence, or ask God to help you remember he’s there with you.
2. Review the day with gratitude (as best you can!)
3. Pay attention to how you’re feeling about it.
4. Choose one feature of the day and pray about it.
5. Look toward tomorrow. What do you expect the day to hold?
Ask God to help you remember he’s with you.
● Lectio Divina: again, if this is new to you, don’t let the name put you off. Lectio helps you to read the Bible in a prayerful way. Pick a short passage of Scripture (it can be anything you like, but if you’re stuck, parables of Jesus or the shorter Psalms are a good choice). Read it through, slowly, two or three times. Notice what jumps out at you, and ask yourself, what is God saying to me here? Reflect on this for a few minutes. Then, read the passage again. Now ask yourself, what do I want to say to God? - then say it. Lastly, sit quietly and know that God is with you.
Some Collects and Other Prayers To Say
the defence of those who trust in you and the strength of those who suffer: look with mercy on our affliction
and deliver us through our mighty Saviour Jesus Christ.
O God, our sovereign and our shepherd,
who brought again your Son Jesus Christ from the valley of death, comfort us with your protecting presence
and your angels of goodness and love, that we also may come home
and dwell with him in your house for ever. Amen.
Lord God, whose Son, Jesus Christ,
understood people's fear and pain
before they spoke of them,
we pray for those in hospital or sick at home; surround the frightened with your tenderness; give strength to those in pain;
hold the weak in your arms of love,
and give hope and patience
to those who are recovering;
we ask this through the same Jesus Christ, our Lord. Amen.
you see that we have no power of ourselves to help ourselves:
keep us both outwardly in our bodies,
and inwardly in our souls;
that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body,
and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
A prayer of confession:
Father eternal, giver of light and grace,
we have sinned against you and against our neighbour, in what we have thought,
in what we have said and done, through ignorance, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault. We have wounded your love
and marred your image in us.
We are sorry and ashamed
and repent of all our sins.
For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ,
who died for us,
forgive us all that is past
and lead us out from darkness
to walk as children of light. Amen.
The collect for purity/ prayer of preparation:
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name; through Christ our Lord. Amen.
God be in my head, and in my understanding;
God be in my eyes, and in my looking;
God be in my mouth, and in my speaking;
God be in my heart, and in my thinking;
God be at mine end, and at my departing. Amen
Prayers before sleeping:
Be present, O merciful God,
and protect us through the silent hours of this night, so that we who are wearied
by the changes and chances of this fleeting world, may rest upon your eternal changelessness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Abide with us, Lord, for it is evening, and day is drawing to a close.
Abide with us and with your whole Church, in the evening of the day, in the evening of life,
in the evening of the world;
abide with us and with all your faithful ones, O Lord, in time and in eternity. Amen.
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who at this evening hour lay in the tomb and so hallowed the grave
to be a bed of hope for all who put their trust in you:
give us such sorrow for our sins, which were the cause of your passion, that when our bodies lie in the dust,
our souls may live with you forever. Amen.
(Source: Common Worship/ The Church of England Liturgical Commission)
Sometimes sitting in silence can be a powerful way to pray. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you.
A Form of Prayer During the Day
This is a form of prayer, sometimes called an ‘office’, which you can use on its own, or use to expand your daily ‘quiet time’ with the Bible. If you are doing the latter, then replace the suggested readings with the ones your Bible notes/ plan suggest. You might also choose to use the “Daily Eucharistic Lectionary” readings, or the readings for Morning or Evening Prayer, which are available online (http://almanac.oremus.org). You should always say a Psalm, but you could use a different scheme. The simplest is to work through the Book of Psalms using a Psalm a day (perhaps splitting some of them).
When saying this office alone, say both the parts in plain and in bold.
O God, make speed to save us.
O Lord, make haste to help us.
My heart tells of your word, ‘Seek my face.’
Your face, Lord, will I seek.
Praise - you could sing a hymn, listen to music, or say We praise you, O God,
we acclaim you as the Lord;
all creation worships you,
the Father everlasting.
To you all angels, all the powers of heaven,
the cherubim and seraphim, sing in endless praise: Holy, holy, holy Lord, God of power and might, heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Read a Psalm (see table)
End the Psalm with:
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning is now and shall be for ever. Amen.
Bible Reading, eg
Sunday: Revelation 21.1-4, Monday: Isaiah 49.1b-4, Tuesday:
Deuteronomy 28.1-6, Wednesday: Matthew 9.35-end, Thursday: John
17.18-23, Friday: Luke 9.22-25, Saturday: John 11.17–26a.
Intercessions: pray for the Church, the world, and for individuals.
This, or another collect is said:
O Lord our God,
grant us grace to desire you with our whole heart; that so desiring, we may seek and find you; and so finding, may love you;
and so loving, may hate those sins from which you have delivered us;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Lord’s Prayer is said.
May God who made both heaven and earth bless us. Amen.
Appendix - a fortnight’s cycle of Psalms
Sunday 121, 122
Monday 123, 124
Tuesday 125, 126
Friday 129, 130
Saturday 131, 133
Common Worship: Daily Prayer - Prayer During the Day (adapted).
Some More Bible Passages To Read
Psalm 23 Jeremiah 29.11-13
Psalm 27 Psalm 139
Isaiah 43.1-21 Habbakuk 3.17-19
Matthew 6.25-34 Matthew 11.25-29
John 14.1-7 John 17:1-26
Romans 8.18-38 Colossians 3.12-17
Philippians 4.1-13 1 Corinthians 13
A Prayer for Assurance of Christ’s Presence (“An Act of Spiritual Communion”).
Begin with the Collect for Purity (p 7), and then read the Gospel for Sunday, or another appropriate passage of Scripture (e.g. John 14: 1-7).
Examine your heart and confess your sins to God, using your own words or the prayer of confession on p 6, and then say
The Almighty and merciful Lord, grant me pardon and absolution of all my sins. Amen.
In union, O Lord with the faithful at every altar of your Church, where the Holy Eucharist is celebrated, I desire to offer you praise and thanksgiving. I present to you my soul and body with the earnest wish that I may always be united to you. And since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I ask you to come spiritually into my heart. I unite myself to you, and embrace you with all the affections of my soul. Let nothing ever separate you from me. May I live and die in your love. Amen.
You might like to sit in silence for a while. Finish your time of prayer by saying the Lord’s Prayer.
(“The Armed Forces Prayerbook” (The Episcopal Church USA), 1951, adapted).
Creative Ways of Praying
● You might find it helpful to listen to favourite hymns or worship songs, or other pieces of music that have a special meaning for you.
● Pictures can help prompt our prayers - for instance photos of loved ones, maps or pictures of our community or the wider world
● If the news is getting you down, try praying for the people and situations that are mentioned.
● Why not try doodling, painting, or drawing as you pray?
● You can find services of Morning, Midday, Evening, and Night Prayer from the Church of England online at https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-daily-prayer, arranged for you with the readings of the day. There is also an app you can download to your smartphone or tablet (follow the link on the web page or search for “daily prayer” in your app store and look for the blue and white logo). Choose whether to pray in modern language, or to use the Book of Common Prayer.
“Prayer During the Day” is the shortest and simplest of the services, morning and evening prayer have the longest portions of Scripture.
● An Ordinary Office: http://anordinaryoffice.org.uk/. “An Ordinary Office” is designed to be very accessible (you can follow it through text, symbol, audio, or video). Easy to pray if you’re unwell or very tired. Morning, midday, and evening prayer, plus “nocturnes” for those who can’t sleep.
● The Northumbria Community: https://www.northumbriacommunity.org/offices/how-to-use-daily-office/. Short but poetic forms of daily prayer in the
● Pray As You Go: https://pray-as-you-go.org/. A short (11-12 minutes) daily act of prayer and worship, available online or as a tablet and smartphone app (search for “pray as you go” in your app store and look for the headphone logo). This easy to use, beautifully produced site uses music and pictures to help you pray and reflect with a passage of Scripture. Follows the Roman Catholic calendar, but widely used by Christians of all traditions. There are also special seasonal meditations.
● Word Live: https://content.scriptureunion.org.uk/wordlive/living-faith. Daily Bible study and prayer points from Scripture Union. Linked to a Facebook group where you can share your thoughts and prayers with other Christians.
Here you will find a list of communion prayers and readings (up until Easter):
There is also a booklet of prayer resources for when you can't get to church:
Time to Pray is an App presenting everything you need for Prayer During the Day, with variations according to the day of the week and the season of the Church’s year. It is now free to download and use. The app is compatible with smartphones and tablets (iPhone/iPad iOS 9.0+ and Android 5.1.1+):
Lectio 365 is a daily devotional resource that was shared on the pew sheet at the beginning of the year. It is a resource to help you pray through the bible every day. It has updated the daily devotions and is focusing the prayers upon the Coronavirus crisis:
<span style="font-size: 1rem;">BBC Radio Sussex are broadcasting a Sunday Morning Service at 8.00am (95.3FM/103.5FM)</span>
PRAYER LINKS THAT YOU MIGHT FIND HELPFUL:
This page contains prayers and intercessions for personal or group use, special prayers for use if it isn’t possible to meet in church, and a simple form of prayer for the morning and evening, which can be downloaded, printed, and shared with those remaining at home or who are unable to access the Internet
This is the link for Daily Prayer, which changes each day and has Morning, Evening and Night Prayer as well as Prayer during the Day.
Here you will find links to a range of resources including churches that are Live Streaming services and reflections for those who may be feeling lonely, isolated or anxious.
All the Church of England resources will be updated regularly so do keep checking. If you find something particularly helpful then consider sharing with a friend or neighbour.
BBC Radio 4 have a weekly Sunday Worship, live at 8.10am. Additionally, there are daily services at 9.45am on BBC Radio LW or DAB. An online link to these can be found at https://www.churchofengland.org/our-faith/living-out-our-faith/lent-holy-week-and-easter/livelent/livelent-sunday-worship-and-daily
The Community Hub Response for Beeding and Bramber
will be based at The HUB in Upper Beeding and run by volunteers under the auspices of Horsham District Council. There are posters available which give further information and an information card which should be received by each household by the end of the weekend together with a poster that you can print and put in your window to let your neighbours know that you are praying for them. (Click on 'Posters' above.)
More information will be dispensed as soon as we know it.
Remember to look on the Diocesan website for Lent Reflections and helpful resources and information.
If you have something specific that you would like us to pray about you can email us at [email protected]
PLEASE BE ASSURED OF OUR CONTINUOUS PRAYERS AT THIS DIFFICULT TIME