Praying at home

For many of us, one of the blessings coming out of the COVID pandemic has been making space in our day for prayer. This page helps you set up a space for prayer in your house and provides some resources to get you started.

Prayer space

Setting up a prayer space somewhere in your home (or garden) is a great idea. It provides you with a place you can physically go to pray, which helps keep a healthy attitude towards prayer.

Your prayer space might contain:

  1. A cross or crucifix;
  2. A religious icon or statue;
  3. One or more candles;
  4. Any prayer aids you may use: prayer cards, rosary, prayer beads, holding crosses…etc;
  5. A copy of the prayer books and sheets you need;
  6. If you intend to contect to a live stream, be sure you have internet signal and a digital device – but try to leave these behind if you’re not connecting to a live stream so they don’t serve as a distraction!

Ideally your prayer space should be away from where you’re working (if you’re working from home), and be a place where you are comfortable openly praying.

Once you’ve set up your prayer space, before the first time you use it, ask God for his blessing upon it with this prayer.

Heavenly Father, source of all wisdom,
May this be a place of reflection and awareness
of knowledge and understanding.
Show yourself for us,
lest we go about in ignorance;
reveal yourself to us,
for in you we know the incarnate Word. Amen.

If you have some, sprinkle some Holy Water around your new prayer space, and enjoy its use! Why not share a photo of your prayer space with us at frsamuel@stteilonewport.org.uk and we can put it in the gallery!

Live Streamed Services

Please visit our live services page to connect to, and find out the latest about, our live streamed services. As a grouped parish, sometimes our services will come from St Julian’s Church.

Silent Prayer

Keeping a time of silent prayer each day to listen to God is an excellent practice and one we commend everyone at St Teilo’s to keep – making this space in your day to listen to God. Very often we spend our time in prayer talking to God, asking him to grant our wishes and needs, casting our worries upon him, perhaps giving thanks and worshiping, yet we often down listen to what it is he is asking of us.

At 6pm every day, keep 5 minutes of silent prayer – just waiting on God in the stillness of your prayer place at home. Finish up by silently making the sign of the cross – and in this prayerful action – commend your life and everything you’ve taken a step back from, to the Lord.

An Act of Spiritual Communion

While we cannot regularly receive the precious body and blood of Jesus at Mass, it is extremely important that we still ask for the Lord’s graces. We can do this in an act of Spiritual Communion. We should seek to undertake this act at least when we would usually go to Mass.

To do so follow these instructions.

  1. Light a candle and face a Cross or Icon you might have at home.
  2. Make an act of confession of your sins, finish up by saying “Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy”.
  3. Read the Gospel for the day or these words from John:
    “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.”
  4. Say the Our Father.
  5. Make your act of Spiritual Communion by saying these words:
    My Jesus,
    I believe that you are present in the most Holy Sacrament.
    I love You above all things,
    and I desire to receive You into my soul.
    Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
    come at least spiritually into my heart.
    I embrace You as if You were already there
    and unite myself wholly to You.
    Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
  6. Spend some time in stillness, then make the sign of the cross, and be sure to blow out your candle.