Coronavirus and Cabin Fever - Updated
Updated: Mar 19, 2020
Here are some resources for prayer while we all try to avoid Coronavirus and Cabin Fever:
You can find Diocesan Instructions for the Church in Kansas City-St. Joseph for the Coronavirus outbreak as well as links for recorded and live streamed Masses and devotional practices that can be used to observe Sunday as the Lord’s Day here:
A devotional reflection on the Mass, written by Venerable Joseph Kentenich while he was in Dachau, can be found here:
(In this devotional prayer there are four roles, and your family can sing favorite hymns in the appropriate places, read the readings for the day’s Mass at the places indicated, and make a spiritual Communion. It is a long prayer, but it offers beautiful reflections on the meaning of each of the parts of the Mass.)
Additionally, the Liturgy of the Hours - the prayer of the Church - is at this time a very suitable form of prayer. Because it is the Season of Lent, the whole of the Liturgy is focused on the Saving Power of God, and it can be a source of solace and strength both spiritually and emotionally. If you don't own a copy of the Liturgy of the Hours (or of Christian Prayer, a shortened version) you can find a simplified version of the Liturgy of the Hours in the online edition of the Magnificat here: https://us.magnificat.net/free
Or you can find a full version of the Liturgy of the Hours here: https://universalis.com/
The Stations of the Cross are a means of praying with Christ as he endures his passion and death. We are undergoing a trial at this time, and continuing to pray the Stations of the Cross – even on your own – is a valuable practice. Additionally, praying the stations at home means that you can move from location to location, which is not usually possible when we gather as a church community. You can designate different spots for different stations and then journey along the Way of the Cross as a family.
The USCCB has a version of the Stations here:
And here’s St. Alphonsus Liguori’s Stations of the Cross:
If you have little ones at home it might be fun to color (or even draw!) images for each of the stations to place throughout your home. You can find free printable images for the stations here:
Finally, though we had to cancel our public Holy Hour for Priests, we wanted you to still be able to pray for priests with us from home.
To participate in the Holy Hour from home at 7 pm via live stream, go to www.facebook.com/osfholyeucharist
If we can't live stream our holy hour or if you don't have a facebook account, you could pray the holy hour from home with the live stream of Perpetual Adoration from Marytown : https://kolbeshrine.org/chapel-live-stream (this is also a great resource if you want to participate in adoration without leaving the house right now...)