A message from Deacon Modesto Cordero, Director of the Office of Worship, Diocese of Honolulu:
Aloha and Happy Eastertime!
The COVID-19 virus forces us and our parishioners to grapple with a difficult reality. Amid self-isolation and “stay-at-home” orders, an increasing number of people are experiencing sickness and death separated from other people. Liturgical Press (Collegeville, MN) has posted more free resources in their website that relate to healing and grief. Praying Together, Praying Apart: At-Home Prayers for Times of Healing, Illness, and Death is a new resource available for free download in their website (https://offers.litpress.org/coronavirus-response-to-customers) and at the links below for praying in times of healing, illness and death.
The attached provides the following:
Part I: Prayers of Comfort, Hope, and Healing: These texts can be prayed by individuals, families, or other groups.
Part II: Lucernarium for Healing: Lucernarium, or “service of light,” grows out of the tradition in the early church of lighting lamps for evening prayer. This celebration of light rejoices in Jesus Christ, the Light of the World, the Light no darkness can overcome.
Part III: Rosary for Healing with Luke the Evangelist: The rosary is a prayer pathway that invites us to meditate on significant events in Jesus’ life. The Rosary for Healing with Luke the Evangelist focuses on the healing mission and ministry of Jesus Christ, allowing us to enter more fully into the healing experiences within Luke’s Gospel. Begin each decade by reading the corresponding Scripture passage.
Part IV: At-Home Service of Prayer when Someone Has Died: One of the realities of social distancing is the inability to gather as a community for wakes, funerals, and other memorial services when someone has died. This service of prayer is intended to give people a way to pray in their own homes as they grieve the loss of a loved one.