Worship at Home
If it is not possible for people to worship together, the various Church of England
apps for Daily Prayer and Reflections are a wonderful resource and unite us in prayer. Alongside them, we have crafted two simple acts of worship, particularly geared
to those who are isolated or housebound, or who are unable to attend church.
Prayers for use at home
during a time of illness or
Here is a selection of prayers you may find helpful during the coming weeks.
Before praying these prayers, you may like to light a candle.
Be still and take a moment to remember that God is present with you now and is looking at you with love, mercy and compassion.
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples, ‘I am with you always’.
Be with me today, as I offer myself to you.
Hear my prayers for others and for myself,
and keep me in your care.
Prayers for Comfort
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
God of compassion,
be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation.
In their loneliness, be their consolation;
in their anxiety, be their hope;
in their darkness, be their light;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
we entrust to your unfailing and tender care,
those who are ill or in pain,
knowing that whenever danger threatens
your everlasting arms are there to hold us safe.
Comfort and heal them,
and restore them to health and strength;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Below are some helpful words from our Roman Catholic brothers and sisters:
There are times when people are unable to receive the Body and Blood of Christ, through illness or due to their personal disposition. Even though some may not receive ‘sacramental’ Communion, all are united in some way by the Holy Spirit. The traditional idea of ‘spiritual’ Communion is an important one to remember and reaffirm. A deep spiritual communion is possible even when we do not share together the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ.
I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love you above all things
and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
come spiritually into my soul
so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever.
Based on a prayer of St Alphonsus Liguori
Prayers for carers, medical staff, and for those in authority
Lord Jesus Christ,
you taught us to love our neighbour,
and to care for those in need
as if we were caring for you.
In this time of anxiety, give us strength
to comfort the fearful, to care for the sick,
and to assure the isolated
of our love, and your love,
for your name’s sake.
give skill, sympathy and resilience
to all who are caring for the sick,
and your wisdom to those searching for a cure.
Strengthen them with your Spirit,
that through their work many will be restored to health;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Wondrous God, author of life,
you fashioned us in your likeness
and breathed into us the life which is your own.
Be with those whose special care
is the health of mind and body.
Fill their hearts with awe for the life which is your gift
and sustain them daily in your service,
that their hands may bring to others
the comfort of your healing touch.
Through Christ our Lord.
Loving God, in Christ Jesus, the servant of all,
you call us to the service of others.
Grant to those who govern the community
the skill to recognise its urgent needs
and the strength to pursue the common good.
Endow us all with patience and courage,
that we may care for the suffering,
feed the hungry,
shelter the homeless,
and sustain the needy.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
From St Patrick’s Breastplate
O gracious and holy Father,
give us wisdom to perceive you,
diligence to seek you,
patience to wait for you,
eyes to behold you,
a heart to meditate upon you,
and a life to proclaim you,
through the power of the spirit
of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Soul of Christ, sanctify me,
body of Christ, save me,
blood of Christ, inebriate me,
water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me:
hide me within your wounds
and never let me be separated from you.
From the wicked enemy defend me,
in the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to you,
so that with your saints I may praise you
for ever and ever.
Sentences and passages from scripture for contemplation
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Ps 46.1
Be still, and know that I am God. Ps 46.10
Lord, save me! Mt 14.30
Romans 8.35, 38-end
You may also like to try saying the Jesus prayer, the words of which are based on Lk 9.13:
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God,
have mercy on me, a sinner.
Some people find the above prayer a helpful tool to begin meditation (also known as contemplative prayer). Pray silently the first line of the prayer as you take your natural inward breath, pause, then pray silently the last part of the prayer as you breathe outwards. Repeat for as long as you wish, though if you are new to this way of praying then set a timer for two minutes and see how this feels.
Prayers for the Home
Hear us, Lord,
and send your angel from heaven to visit and protect,
to comfort and defend all who live in this house.
Our Lord Jesus Christ be with you to defend you,
within you to keep you,
before you to lead you,
beside you to guard you,
and above you to bless you.
May God bless you.
Receive God’s healing grace
to comfort and support you.
Material from: Church of England prayer resources online; A New Zealand Prayer book, © 1989 The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia; Free resources from the Liturgy Office, © 2020 Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales, 39 Eccleston Square, London SW1V 1PL. Prayers © 1998, International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation.