A Letter from the Holy Father to the faithful for the Month of May encourages them to say the Rosary at home. He has added a couple of recommended prayers, pertinent to our present situation. For more visit the Vatican’s official website.
Bishop Hugh Gilbert OSB reflects on the texts of ‘Mass in the Time of Pandemic’, recently approved by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments.
Bishop Hugh Gilbert OSB delivers his sermon for Palm Sunday
During the current Covid-19 emergency and with our churches closed, the use of live streaming allows us to attend Mass even when we cannot be physically present.
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
In this time of trial we, the Bishops of Scotland, wish to send you a word of reassurance and encouragement. We are all facing much uncertainty, anxiety and an unpredictable future. This situation touches on every aspect of our lives, individually and collectively.
Given the growing concerns about the spread of the Coronavirus, and the increasing likelihood of it affecting us widely in Scotland, it seems the right moment to take further precautionary measures in our parishes.
I have been in touch with other bishops and spoken with several priests about the matter. Health and Safety professionals have also raised the issue. I would ask that the following procedures be introduced in every parish with immediate effect. Naturally, this needs to be done with the requisite tact, and with suitable explanations when appropriate.
These measures are all temporary and will, of course, remain in force only as long as is necessary by common consensus.