Scotland’s national Catholic newspaper will be free this week in response to the suspension of public Masses in churches throughout the country. The Scottish Catholic Observer, which has been keeping the faithful informed since 1885, has distributed the newspaper to parishes across Scotland, waiving the cover price this week as a goodwill gesture.
Usually, we go to church to attend Mass. With the temporary suspension of Masses celebrated publicly due to the coronavirus crisis, Mass online remains one of very few, if not the sole way of attending. I’d like to offer a few practical suggestions to make ‘watching’ Mass more participatory.
“Mass Online: Practical Advice” to help you prepare for Mass online
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.
Stations of the Cross are being live-streamed during Lent from St Joseph’s, Aberdeen:
- Monday at 18:15 (followed by Mass at 19:00)
- Tuesday at 10:15 (after 09:30 Mass)
Explore Weekly is an activity sheet for primary school-aged children aimed at reinforcing what is learnt during a Children’s Liturgy session in a fun and appropriate way. Usually available on the Ogilvie Centre Website.
We are glad to announce Daily Mass is available via St Mary’s Cathedral’s Youtube Channel at the following times:
- Monday to Friday: 18:00
- Saturday: 10:00
- Sunday: 11:15
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.
Almighty Father, Look upon us and all of humanity, in this time of illness, as we are affected by this new epidemic of the coronavirus. We confide to you all those who suffer from illness, those who are dying, and the hearts of so many who are stricken with worry and concern for their loved ones, their friends, and for their own well being. Give us the grace of serenity in the face of fear and suffering, so that we can remember you regularly in times of anxiety. You are the God of life and are our hope. Your Son suffered physically and died, and is raised from the dead in the Resurrection. Trusting in you, then, we pray especially for the vulnerable, and those who are ill: protect them and heal them of their illness. We pray also for the dying that their time of passage to you in death may be blessed and that they may find peace with you through union with Jesus Christ.
We pray also for the medical community, that they be supported and strengthened in this time of trial, and service, and that you come to their aid and grant them wisdom and strength. May they learn from this epidemic and grow in knowledge of how to cure and treat disease, for the greater good of all.
May we not suffer from this or other new diseases. Free the hearts of your children from anxiety, so that we can serve you in this life with gratitude for your many great gifts, and entrust ourselves to you serenely for the life to come. We make this humble prayer to your goodness as Father, invoking the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and of all our patron saints. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
“There in their presence he was transfigured: his face shone like the sun and his clothes became as white as light.”
Why do we have this Gospel this Sunday? We always do; it’s a fixture. Last Sunday’s Gospel makes good Lenten sense: Jesus goes into the desert for 40 days. So do the long Gospels we’ll hear the next three Sundays: the meeting with the Samaritan woman, the cure of the Man born blind, the raising of Lazarus. Their resonances and connections are clear. But, left to ourselves, would we ever have chosen today’s? Yet, it has been there for at least 1500 years. It was there long before a feast of the Transfiguration appeared on 6th August.