THOUGHT FOR THE DAY
A TIME FOR REFLECTION AND PRAYER
Here is today's prayer, taken from Psalm 6:
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
O Lord, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror.
My soul also is struck with terror,
while you, O Lord - how long?
Turn, O Lord, save my life;
deliver me for the sake of your steadfast love.
All the best
Revd Eleanor Goodison
Associate Priest, Hoxne Benefice
Tel: 07876 143579
The spread of the Coronavirus is proving a very challenging time for all of us in this tight knit community and it has been very humbling to watch the community pulling together to support each other in any way, however small.
We could probably all do with some spiritual support, whatever our belief and faith, and that could just take the form of sitting quietly for a few minutes a day and meditating with our own thoughts and prayers, or using online reflections being offered by various faiths.
Just sitting quietly thinking about family, friends and neighbours and how the current situation is affecting them and reflecting on ways you may be able to help, can have a huge effect on the well-being of the whole community. Helping each other can take many forms: doing some shopping, putting bins out, walking a dog etc. or a phone call to a neighbour who is on their own just to give them the opportunity to talk to someone for a few minutes; any assistance, however small, can be vital.
Many of you will find prayer uplifting and here in the Hoxne Benefice, we are going to provide a prayer each day for you to use in whatever way you find helpful to you and those you live with. This may not always be a Christian prayer as we need to understand how the situation in which we find ourselves is affecting everyone in the community, whatever their belief and to help draw us together. An explanatory note may accompany the daily prayer to assist.
All church services have been suspended for the time being but most churches in the Benefice will continue to be open for private prayer, so please do go along and use the buildings if that is helpful to you. Just remember to keep a safe distance from anyone else who may be in the church at the time.
A PRAYER FOR ALL THOSE AFFECTED BY CORONAVIRUS
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord
The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary:
and She conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;
blessed are thou among women
and blessed is the fruit of they womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners,
now and at the hour of our death. Amen
Behold the handmaid of the Lord:
be it done unto me according to Thy word.
Repeat.....Haily Mary (above)
And the Word was made Flesh
and dwelt among us.
Repeat.....Haily Mary (above)
Pray for us, O Holy Mother of God:
that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech Thee O Lord,
Thy grace into our hearts;
that we, to whom the incarnation of Christ, Thy Son
was made known by the message of an angel,
may by His Passion and Cross
be brought to the glory of his Resurrection,
through the same Christ Our Lord. Amen
Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for us.
St Joseph, pray for us.