Trinitarians Youth embrace technology in COVID-19 times

The Trinitarians Youth Ministry have embraced technology to remain connected as they isolate at home.  For many Trinitarians, their work and home life has been impacted by the current pandemic and last Friday was a much-needed time to regroup, connect and seek solidarity.

After joining in prayer and a game of Zoom Scavenger Hunt, the discussion revolved around their prayer lives. Whilst many of us have become complacent in our daily routines as we spend more time at home, the Trinitarians discussed how this is a time to increase their prayers. They recognised the need to prepare spiritually for the reopening of churches and reunion with the Blessed Sacrament by seeking the sacrament of penance. For some Trinitarians, closed Churches and isolation has made it challenging to maintain their prayer lives whilst for others, it has motivated them to spend more time in prayer.  The Trinitarians shared how they have been embracing the newfound time to pray as well as some suggestions on how to pray more. Here are some of their suggestions:

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Praying the Breast Plate of St. Patrick every morning: For some, this small prayer has been a simple way to ask for divine protection before beginning their day.

Breast Plate of St Patrick (Short Version):

Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.

Breast Plate of St. Patrick (Long Version):

I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.
I arise today
Through the strength of Christ’s birth with His baptism,
Through the strength of His crucifixion with His burial,
Through the strength of His resurrection with His ascension,
Through the strength of His descent for the judgement of doom.
I arise today
Through the strength of the love of cherubim,
In the obedience of angels,
In the service of archangels,
In the hope of resurrection to meet with reward,
In the prayers of patriarchs,
In the predictions of prophets,
In the preaching of apostles,
In the faith of confessors,
In the innocence of holy virgins,
In the deeds of righteous men.
I arise today, through
The strength of heaven,
The light of the sun,
The radiance of the moon,
The splendour of fire,
The speed of lightning,
The swiftness of wind,
The depth of the sea,
The stability of the earth,
The firmness of rock.
I arise today, through
God’s strength to pilot me,
God’s might to uphold me,
God’s wisdom to guide me,
God’s eye to look before me,
God’s ear to hear me,
God’s word to speak for me,
God’s hand to guard me,
God’s shield to protect me,
God’s host to save me
From snares of devils,
From temptation of vices,
From everyone who shall wish me ill,
afar and near.
I summon today
All these powers between me and those evils,
Against every cruel and merciless power
that may oppose my body and soul,
Against incantations of false prophets,
Against black laws of pagandom,
Against false laws of heretics,
Against craft of idolatry,
Against spells of witches and smiths and wizards,
Against every knowledge that corrupts man’s body and soul;
Christ to shield me today
Against poison, against burning,
Against drowning, against wounding,
So that there may come to me an abundance of reward.
Christ with me,
Christ before me,
Christ behind me,
Christ in me,
Christ beneath me,
Christ above me,
Christ on my right,
Christ on my left,
Christ when I lie down,
Christ when I sit down,
Christ when I arise,
Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,
Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,
Christ in every eye that sees me,
Christ in every ear that hears me.
I arise today
Through a mighty strength, the invocation of the Trinity,
Through belief in the Threeness,
Through confession of the Oneness
of the Creator of creation.

AMEN

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Praying for Holy Souls: Some of our Trinitarians have found it helpful to pray for holy souls in purgatory. They recognise that during this time, many people may be dying without being able to receive Sacraments or their last rites. By praying for holy souls, they are able to support those that have died to reach their heavenly home. Below is St. Gertrude’s prayer for Holy Souls.

Prayer of St. Gertrude for Holy Souls

Eternal Father, I offer You the most Precious Blood of Your Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today, for all the Holy Souls in Purgatory, for all sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal Church, those in my own home and within my family.

 Amen.

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Daily Mass / Daily Act of Spiritual Communion: For others, participating in daily Mass using social media and YouTube has been a great comfort. It’s been a way for them to remain connected with the parish as well as explore other churches around the world. It’s a small way that they’ve been able to pray in anticipation of churches reopening.

You can visit the Granville Catholic Community YouTube page for daily Mass by clicking here

Act of Spiritual Communion

By St. Alphonsus Maria de’ Ligouri

MY Jesus, I believe that Thou art present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love Thee above all things and I desire Thee in my soul. Since I cannot now receive Thee sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though Thou wert already there, I embrace Thee and unite myself wholly to Thee; permit not that I should ever be separated from Thee.

Amen.

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Praying at various hours of the day: Other Trinitarians have been using the time as a reminder to pray. At midday, they’ve been praying the Angelus / Regina Coeli and at 3PM, praying the Divine Mercy prayer. Some also enjoy praying the Divine Office, as it has designated prayers for Morning, Evening and Night.

Divine Office prayer can be viewed online at Universalis here: https://universalis.com/

Regina Coeli

(Said in place of the Angelus from Easter until Pentecost)

Queen of heaven, rejoice. Alleluia.
For He whom thou didst deserve to bear, Alleluia.
Hath risen as He said, Alleluia.
Pray for us to God, Alleluia.

  1. Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, Alleluia.
  2. Because Our Lord is truly risen, Alleluia.

Let us pray
O God, who by the resurrection of Thy Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, hast vouchsafed to make glad the whole world, great, we beseech Thee, that, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, His Mother, we may attain the joys of eternal life. Through the same Christ Our Lord.
Amen

3PM Prayer to the Divine Mercy

You expired, O Jesus,
but the source of life gushed forth for souls
and an ocean of mercy opened up for the whole world.
O Fount of Life,
unfathomable Divine Mercy,
envelop the whole world
and empty Yourself out upon us.
O Blood and Water,
which gushed forth from the Heart of Jesus
as a fount of mercy for us,
I trust in You.

Amen.

 

The Trinitarians will be meeting fortnightly via Zoom. Those in Year 7 and above are welcome to join in the discussion and games – just send us a message and the Zoom details will be shared with you.

The next Trinitarians Zoom Meeting will be Friday 8th of May from 6:30PM – 8PM.

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