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During lockdown we are unable to celebrate Mass, however we are able to offer private Prayer Times:
Monday 9.00am -10.00am
Wednesday 9.00am - 10.00am
Friday 9.00am - 10.00am
Sat 6.00pm - 6.30pm
Sunday 10.00am -12.30pm
During the next four weeks although no public services are allowed we are able to visit our Church and to light a candle and spend some time in private prayer. The Desert Fathers and Mothers recommend that we spend at least 20 minutes in silent prayer. St John of the Cross said 'Silence is God's first Language'.
So having articulated our prayers for those who have asked us to pray for them how do we enter into the silence. You may be worried about feeling bored, sleepy, scared, unsure, restless, sad, lonely angry, or to be filled with desire. Be assured you may feel these things. Acknowledge them and let them pass.
To get started. First, get settled. Sit comfortably with your hands resting on your lap or your knees. Keep your back straight, your feet on the ground and your neck relaxed. Second Breath deeply. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Observe your breath. Third, take a few moments to settle into your body. Gently observe your posture and acknowledge your senses. You could now, as you know the name of our Savior say the Jesus prayer: As you inhale. Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, and as you exhale you say silently have mercy on me a sinner. This is a way of praying continuously and you may keep in mind as you say it the Gospel story of the blind Bartimeaus calling out to Jesus by the roadside. 'Son of David, have mercy on me’ and of the tax collector Zacchaeus who Jesus calls down from the tree. As we come to the end of the 20 minutes of meditation prepare to finish. Become aware once more of the physical feeling: of the chair beneath you, where your feet contact the floor, your arms and your feet your hands resting in your lap. Notice anything you can hear, smell taste or feel. You will find it is different experience every time you practice and you will feel energized.
Another form of Catholic meditation is the Rosary, which we have been saying during the month of October.
I shall be in the Church during the times of private prayer. May the next four weeks be a period of growth for all of us. God bless and keep well. Fr Clive
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