Noticias de la Diócesis de Allentown

Bishop Celebrating New ‘Mass in Time of Pandemic’

The Holy Father and the Congregation of Divine Worship has shared with the bishops of the world a new formula for Mass called: Mass in Time of Pandemic. The Mass includes special prayers and readings specifically invoking God’s grace and mercy to bring an end to this pandemic.

Bishop Schlert will be celebrating this Mass in Time of Pandemic from his private chapel daily. It will be live-streamed here on AD Today. (Note that the new Mass form will not be used during Holy Week or Easter Week.)

We hope that you will join Bishop Schlert in prayer for all those infected with the Coronavirus, their families, their caregivers, and for the happy repose of the souls of those who have died from this virus.

Sample of Collect (Opening) Prayer

Almighty and eternal God,

our refuge in every danger,

to whom we turn in our distress;

in faith we pray

look with compassion on the afflicted,

grant eternal rest to the dead, comfort to mourners,

healing to the sick, peace to the dying,

strength to healthcare workers, wisdom to our leaders

and the courage to reach out to all in love,

so that together we may give glory to your holy name.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God, for ever and ever.