COVID-19 resources

Urbi et Orbi – a special blessing from Pope Francis can be watched on Friday 27th March at 5pm here:

How to participate in Mass during the coronavirus outbreak (Diocese website)

How to pray during Mass suspension (Diocese website, updated regularly)

Prayers for the time of the outbreak (download here):

    • Act of Spiritual Communion:
      My Jesus,
      I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar.
      I love you above all things
      and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
      Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
      come spiritually into my soul
      so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever.
    • Prayer for mercy:
      Almighty God, who in thy wrath did send a plague upon thine own people in the wilderness, for their obstinate rebellion against Moses and Aaron; and also, in the time of king David, didst slay with the plague of Pestilence threescore and ten thousand, and yet remembering thy mercy didst save the rest; Have pity upon us miserable sinners, who now are visited with great sickness and mortality; that like as thou didst then accept of an atonement, and didst command the destroying Angel to cease from punishing, so it may now please thee to withdraw from us this plague and grievous sickness; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
  • Prayer to Mary:
    O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
    We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
    At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.
    You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
    We are certain that you will provide, so that,
    as you did at Cana of Galilee,
    joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial. Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
    to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
    and to do what Jesus tells us:
    He who took our sufferings upon Himself,
    and bore our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.

    We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.
    Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test –
    and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols on COVID-19 from Catholic Westminster on Vimeo.