St. Barnabas Catholic Church, the Ordinariate parish in Omaha, held a Eucharistic Procession in Time of Mortality and Epidemic yesterday.
Across North America many Catholic Masses have been cancelled along with other public gatherings. Government officials are encouraging social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. I have never seen anything like this in my lifetime—unless I recall the days of the polio epidemic in my childhood in the years before the vaccine.
I think having Eucharistic Processions—-where people are in the fresh air and maintaining some distance —might be a good way to worship this Lent and bring a public message of hope and the need for repentance.
Many Ordinariate members made a spiritual communion yesterday and watched the Mass at Mt. Calvary Catholic Church in Baltimore as it live streamed. That’s what I did yesterday.
The procession chanting the Litany was powerful.
On March 13, St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, the Ordinariate parish in Bridgeport, PA offered a special Votive Mass for the Sick.
What are you doing to worship God this Lent while ordinary means of worship are being suspended?
Any good links out there to other live streamed Masses?
I would encourage you to check out Daily Morning and Evening Prayer if you haven’t already. At the site, you can find out ways to join others twice a day in praying the offices together via conference call.
Sitting in stacks around my house are a number of spiritual books that I have not read. If I can get off social media regarding breaking Wuhan virus updates, it would be good to sit down and read them straight through instead of skipping around. Last year as a Lenten exercise I read Cardinal Robert Sarah’s The Power of Silence: Against the Dictatorship of Noise. I highly recommend it!
Looks like we might be doing our Lenten School of Prayer by Skype or join.me this Thursday. We are reading Torkington’s Wisdom from the Christian Mystics: How to Pray the Christian Way. I highly recommend it.
Repent. Repent. Constantly repent and turn your heart towards God and abandon yourself to Him.