Please note that St. Matthew’s Temporary Church (in the hall, which we have been using as our church since work started on the main building) will now not be open for prayer, since all places of worship are now closed.
Pope Francis has composed the following prayer for sufferers from the Coronavirus. Originally used for the Diocese of Rome, perhaps we could use it as a daily prayer for keeping our praying community together. We had been opening the church at 9.00 am and closing it at 5.00 pm each day. Could we try to keep the praying parish together by reciting this prayer at 9.00 am and 5.00 pm?
Here is the text of the prayer:
You shine continuously on our journey
as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who, at the Cross,
united with Jesus’ pain,
keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of people,
know what we need,
and we trust that you will provide for those needs so that,
as at Cana of Galilee,
joy and celebration may return
after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the will of the Father
and to do what Jesus tells us.
He who took our suffering upon Himself,
and burdened Himself with our sorrows
to bring us, through the Cross,
to the joy of 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.
Please note: Mass will be celebrated in the parish each day – not in the church, and not open to the public, but do remember that this central part of our parish life will NOT be suspended.
Fr Hill will record some reflections on the gospel for each day, and these can be accessed here: Recordings of reflections on each day’s Gospel, by Fr. Hill