Introduction to the Scripture Readings:
The three readings today focus on the question: ‘How do we obtain life?’
Ezekiel 37: 12-14 — Ezekiel says that those committed to God will find life after they die.
Romans 8:8-11 — Paul says that through the Spirit we can find life.
John 11: 1-45 — The Gospel describes the raising of Lazarus and shows that all God’s power is found in Jesus, who brings believers the fullness of life.
Introduction (by the Presider) Brothers and sisters, with trust we bring our prayers to the Father.
That all Christians may firmly believe in God’s saving presence in their lives (short pause for quiet prayer/reflection). Lord, hear us.
That God may inspire scientists working on a treatment and a vaccine for coronavirus (short pause for quiet prayer/reflection). Lord, hear us.
That doctors and nurses and all who staff our hospitals may have divine grace (short pause for quiet prayer/reflection). Lord, hear us.
That those ill with COVID-19 may be healed (short pause for quiet prayer/reflection). Lord, hear us.
That all who are bored and lonely in isolation, because of this pandemic, may learn patience (short pause for quiet prayer/reflection). Lord, hear us.
That Christ, who understands our human condition so well, may comfort all who are anxious today (short pause for quiet prayer/reflection). Lord, hear us.
The presider prays for the dead: That all the faithful departed (especially N & N) may meet Christ, the resurrection and the life (short pause for quiet prayer/reflection). Lord, hear us.
Conclusion (by the Presider) Heavenly Father, receive our prayers, and fill our hearts with your mercy, so that safeguarding the gifts received through your goodness, we may walk in newness of life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
We have been asked how people can continue to support their parish when we cannot put money in the plate at church. If your income has been impacted by the crisis, please do not feel obliged to contribute at this time. If your income is secure the best option would be to set up a standing order (if your circumstances change these can be amended/cancelled).
If you have online banking you can set up a standing order form quickly using the parish sort code and account number. If you don’t have online baking, we have standing order forms available which you can complete, sign and post to your bank (using the branch address on your cheque book or bank statement). Alternatively, you can donate using electronic banking.
The Parish account details are:
Sort Code:83 28 03
Account Number 00245404
Account name - Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh – Our Lady & St Bridget s Church West Calder
Please include your name as the payment reference
"We will listen to the Word of God, we will raise our supplication, we will adore the Blessed Sacrament, at the end I will impart the Urbi et orbi Blessing, and you will have the possibility of receiving a plenary indulgence."
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Dear friends, today all clergy received an email from the Archbishop with information that the government guidelines has changed and all the places of worship need to be closed even for private prayers. So with deepest sadness I need to inform you that our church also has been closed for time being.
I assure you about my prayers for you all.
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Yours. Fr. Marcin