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Liturgical Resources for Prayer During a Crisis

 

The following resources may be useful for anyone charged with organizing prayer services or the liturgy during this time of crisis:

Excerpts from the Book of Blessings

The following are taken from the Book of Blessings. Each is listed according to title and paragraph numbers as found in the Book of Blessings (see copyright notice at the end of this page).

Order for Blessing of A Victim of Crime or Oppression (nos.430-448) For all who are suffering from acts of crime or oppression

Order for Blessing of Organizations Concerned with Public Need (nos. 574-588) For police, firefighters, medical and rescue workers, and those charged in some way with the public order

Order for a Blessing to be Used in Various Circumstances (nos. 1984-2011) For all concerned with any civil or public crisis or disorder

Orders for the Blessing of the Sick or Injured (nos. 376-403) For those who are ill, injured or in recovery

Suggested Intercessions for Mass

For the Church throughout the world, and especially for the people of our dioceses, that the gift of faith might bring them peace; We pray to the Lord:

For the President and all who govern us, that our country might trust in God when confronted by confusion and fear; We pray to the Lord:

For peace throughout the world, and for an end to violence and hate; We pray to the Lord:

For all the victims of violence, for spouses who have been widowed, for children who have been orphaned, and for all who have been traumatized; We pray to the Lord:

For all who died from [today's/yesterday's/recent] violence, that they may rest in peace; We pray to the Lord:

Masses

The following are listed with pagination from the USCCB edition of the Roman Missal, Third Edition (RM) (2011) and the Liturgical Press edition of volume IV of the Lectionary for Mass (LFM) (2002).

In Time of War or Civil Disturbance (RM, p. 1299; LFM, p. 848)
For the Preservation of Peace and Justice (RM, p. 1297; LFM, p. 821)
For the Nation or State (RM, p.1286; LFM, p. 786)
For Those in Public Office (RM, p. 1286; LFM, p. 786)
For a Governing Assembly (RM, p. 1287; LFM, p. 786)
For the Head of State or Ruler (RM, p. 1287; LFM, p. 786)
For Our Oppressors (RM, p. 1311; LFM, p. 992)
For One Who Died Suddenly (RM, p. 1410; LFM, p. 1151)

Prayers for the Dead

The following prayers are listed with paragraph numbers from the Order of Christian Funerals (1989).

Morning Prayer, nos. 373-384
Evening Prayer, nos. 385-399
Prayers for the Dead, no. 398 ("For one who died suddenly" or "For one who died accidentally or violently")
Prayers for Mourners, no. 399
General Intercessions and Litanies for the Dead, no. 401
Final Commendation and Farewell, no. 402

COPYRIGHTS

Excerpts from the Book of Blessings © 1988 International Committee on English in the Liturgy, Inc. Used with permission. All rights reserved. No part of the Book of Blessings may be reproduced by any means without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

Excerpts from the Book of Blessings -- additional blessings for use in the dioceses of the United States © 1988 United States Catholic Conference, Inc. Used with permission. All rights reserved. No part of the Book of Blessings may be reproduced by any means without permission in writing from the copyright owner.

 

National Day of Prayer for Peace



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