While in the Archdiocese of Brisbane we have been dispensed from assisting at Mass on Sunday, we are still obligated to keep the Lord’s Day Holy, of which Mass is usually one component. We are reminded that on Sunday’s “If because of lack of a sacred minister or for other grave cause participation in the celebration of the Eucharist is impossible, it is specially recommended that the faithful… engage in prayer for an appropriate amount of time personally or in a family…” (CCC, 2183). Mass is greater than any private devotion, but while we cannot assist at Sunday Mass, we can still contribute to sanctifying the Lord’s day especially through prayer.
It is especially important we develop habits of prayer and set aside some time every day for prayer, but specially Sunday’s. If we do not set aside specific time for prayer it becomes easy to forget to pray.
Here are some suggestions of ways we can pray:
- Praying some hours from the Divine Office. The Divine Office is the official public worship of the Church and is intimately connected to the Mass. Unlike other private prayer, even said as a group, by praying the Divine Office we participate in the prayer of whole Church united together. The texts for the Old Rite Divine Office can be found here and the New Rite here. Priests and religious are obligated to the pray the Divine Office daily.
- We might make time for some other prayers especially the Rosary, Acts of Faith, Hope, and Love and other prayers in our missals or prayer books such as Acts of Contrition and Spiritual Communion. We can also spend some time in Mental Prayer or conversation with God.
- Praying and/or meditating on the propers (introit, collect, readings) and common of the Sacrifice of the Mass for Sunday, offering our own prayer as a sacrifice and making a spiritual communion. There are some guidelines and printouts available here on how to pray the Mass. And here are links to websites with the New Mass Texts and Traditional Mass Texts which we can read and pray with.
- Book a Holy Hour at St Elizabeth’s Chapel by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Holy Father has asked us to pray and “Implore the Almighty God for the end of the epidemic, relief for those who are afflicted, and eternal salvation for those whom the Lord has called to Himself.” The Pope has granted a plenary indulgence for this purpose. You can read more about that here.