Daily

Psalm 23

Bishop Steven Croft, Bishop of Oxford has said  ‘The Lord our Shepherd is with us through this crisis giving rest to the weary, comfort to the bereaved and guidance to the perplexed.  We are asking everyone across the whole diocese, every disciple of Christ, to pause at 11 am each day if your work permits and say Psalm 23 and the Lord’s Prayer.’  Click here for the psalm and Bishop Steven’s reflections.

Daily Prayer

Pray as you go is a daily prayer session, designed to go with you wherever you go, to help you pray whenever you find time, but particularly whilst travelling to and from work, study, etc. A new prayer session is produced every day of the working week and one session for the weekend. Lasting between ten and thirteen minutes, it combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection.

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Spiritual Communion

During the current pandemic, all churches have been closed and many people who would have received Holy Communion each Sunday, and some of them every day, are not able to receive the comfort and benefits of the sacrament. It is not the first time that the Church has been in such a position. Throughout Christian history some Christian people have found themselves isolated from the sacramental life of the Church for all sorts of reasons, and particularly in times of plague, famine and warfare.

At such times the Church has encouraged people to make what is called a Spiritual Communion. This is a way of uniting yourself with Jesus and entering into communion with him even though you are not able to receive the sacrament itself. In a Spiritual Communion we still come to Jesus and he still receives us, but this is an act of communion that people can make anywhere and at any time and, if isolated from others, on their own.

Click here for a short Order of Service, adapted from one written by Fr Richard Peers, that you can use at home and at any time.

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The following resources are from Church Times:

Lift Up Your Hearts

Weekly spiritual sustenance from the Church Times. Download the free PDF to print at home: Lift Up Your Hearts: No. 1 | 27 March 2020

Prayer

The Time to Pray app (Church House Publishing/Aimer Media) includes the orders of service for both Prayer During the Day and Night Prayer. The app is now completely free to use.

The Time to Pray podcast features daily audio to accompany the app.

Prayers and intercessions about the outbreak from the Church of England are available online and as PDF downloads to print and share with those without internet access.

Radio 4’s Daily Service features a Bible reading, prayer, and music.

Music

Join RSCM in singing their Hymn for the Day. A new video with music and lyrics is published every day, Monday to Saturday.

Mental health

A collection of reflections and Christian meditation techniques designed to help people cope with physical distancing are available to read online and to download as a PDF to print (Church of England).