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Coronavirus (Covid–19) Information for Churches

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This page is intended to be a starting point for churches and Christians seeking information on the various issues churches are facing in responding to the Covid–19 virus. The Irish Council of Churches and Irish Inter–Church Committee are representative bodies and, as such, have no authority or expertise so this page will mainly point to member church resources or other publicly available authoritative sources of information helpful to churches.

The information here is incomplete and we will endeavour to add to it and review it on an ongoing basis.

Prayer

Member churches have produced many prayer resources, some intended for use in online broadcast services, some in pastoral circumstances and some for personal use.

A Prayer for our Priests as they exercise their ministry during this time of the Coronavirus

Eternal God,

Be with our priests this day as they seek to minister to your people.

May you be a guiding and protective presence with them as they bring the consolation and hope of Your word and the grace and nourishment of Eucharist to those entrusted into their care.

Grant them the strength of mind and body, keep them safe to do your will, and give them the courage and peace to face each day with trust and confidence in You.

Into your hands O God, we commend them; fill them with your grace and healing.

Amen.

Special Prayer for the Cessation of the new Epidemic from the Romanian Orthodox Church

Lord, our God, who are merciful, with your wise care, protect our lives, hear our prayer, receive our repentance for our sins and stop the new contagious disease (the new epidemic), as you stopped the punishing of your people in the time of King David.

You are the healer of our souls and bodies, give recovery to those affected by sickness by raising them up from the bed of pain, to praise You, Merciful Saviour, and protect the healthy from any disease. Bless, strengthen and protect with your Grace, O Lord, all those who, with love of people and sacrifice, care for the sick at their homes or hospitals.

Remove all sickness and suffering from people and teach us to cherish life and health as your gifts. Give us, Lord God, your peace and fill our hearts with unwavering faith in your protection, reliable in your help and love towards you and your neighbour.

That yours belongs the mercy to save us, our God.

Glory to You, The Father, The Son and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and ever.

Amen!


Homilies, Sermons and Messages

Church of Ireland


Information from the Government

Republic of Ireland

Northern Ireland


Guidance and Suggestions of How to Help

Befriending

Volunteering


Services for Vulnerable Groups

Refugees and Migrants

Covid–19 Information updates from Migrant Rights Centre Ireland: https://www.mrci.ie/get-info/#updates

Debt Counselling

Christians Against Poverty are revising their working practices given the current constraints on face–to–face meetings. Information at: https://capuk.org/coronavirus

Older People

SeniorLine: Third Age Ireland is a national organisation who take care of the elderly. SeniorLine is one of their programmes and could pastorally be very helpful to your bishops, priests and older members of your lay faithful at this time. SeniorLine has been the national, confidential listening service for older people, run by trained older volunteers since 1998. This peer–to–peer helpline for older people receives in excess of 10,000 calls per year. If you are feeling worried, stressed or isolated at this very unnerving time, please feel free to ring this FREEPHONE service anytime between 10am and 10pm on any day of the week on1800 80 45 91.


Good news stories


Clergy Self–Care

This is a stressful and anxious time for clergy and church leaders themselves as they go about their ministry and pastoral work. Many are amongst the at–risk groups and wonder how to balance the needs of their church community with their own physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. Some of these resources may help:


Still Church (church from home)

Worship and Prayer Resources

Bible reading

Prayer Resources

Guidance for online worship broadcasts

When planning an online presence for services you need to consider if you want to livestream a service, or record it first and then upload it for viewers to see later. Here are some resources which can point you in the right direction for either option. Licensing issues for songs and lyrics also need consideration.

  • RTÉ

Mass aired every weekday at 10.30am from St Eunan’s and St Columba’s Cathedral, Letterkenny on RTÉ News Now which can be accessed on Saorview (channel 21), Sky (521), Virgin Media (200), Eir (517) as well as via the RTÉ Player, the RTÉ News Now app. RTÉ Player link here: https://www.rte.ie/player/series/mass/SI0000006832


Resources for Young People and Families:


News and Press Releases from Churches

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