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Prayer opportunities and options following the recent reports of abuse in the Church

As we all continue to pray in the aftermath of the recent reports of abuse in the Church, the Office of Worship is happy to pass along the following prayer opportunities and options. Please consider any of these opportunities and/or options, or too, another appropriate opportunity for your community to join together in prayer.

In addition, everyone is invited to attend one of the regional Masses of Atonement with Bishop Barry Knestout.



  • If a community desires to celebrate a special Mass, under Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions, there are a few potential options:

    • #15. For Promoting Harmony

    • #40. For Charity

    • #48. In any Need

These settings contain a Collect, Prayer over the Offerings, and Prayer after Communion. Please note, in option #48, there are multiple “sub-options” that could be considered.

  • For Eucharistic Prayer options, Eucharistic Prayer for Reconciliation Option I or Option II may be appropriate. In fact, in the instructions before these Eucharistic Prayers for Reconciliation, the instructions suggest using these two possible options when celebrating a Mass for #15. For Promotion Harmony. It lists a few other Mass settings for when these Eucharistic Prayers could be used, which could also be appropriate. These Eucharistic Prayers contain a preface to be used OR another preface could be used, too.

  • The Prayer of the Faithful could be drafted to include petitions speaking to the current situation. For example, “For the end of abuse within society and the Church, and for healing and justice for victims, let us pray to the Lord.”

  • For readings, if a parish desires to have a special Mass, the Lectionary, Volume IV has options under Masses for Various Needs and Occasions:

    • #15. Reconciliation

    • #27. For the Remission of Sins

    • #28. For the Promotion of Charity or To Foster Harmony or For Family and Friends

Please note, these readings could be options; some may be more appropriate than others.

As it states in the instructions offered in the introduction of Masses and Prayers for Various Needs and Occasions in The Roman Missal: “In case of some grave need, a corresponding Mass may be said on the instructions of the local Ordinary or with his permission…” It continues on, listing those times when there is an exception to doing so.

Please contact the Office of Worship if your community plans to use a corresponding Mass in place of a Sunday in Ordinary Time.

Morning/Evening Prayer.

  • While there is no specific setting in the Breviary/Liturgy of the Hours that matches the Mass setting options provided above, a community could arrange a morning or evening prayer with appropriate Psalms that speak to mercy and healing.

  • In the back of the Breviary, there are options for Additional Prayers (Appendix III).

  • In addition, if a community pulls together a morning prayer/evening prayer, prayer texts from the Mass settings aforementioned could be used as the opening and/or closing prayer for the celebration.

  • Rather than reciting the Psalms selected, a community may choice to sing various Psalms.

  • As many of you know, there are many options for arranging a Morning/Evening prayer and centering the prayer around mercy, healing, turning to God in our time of need, etc.'

Communal Rosary.

  • Options from the USCCB: Click HERE

Holy Hour.

  • This could occur, too, in various forms.

  • Communities are encouraged to consult the ritual book Holy Communion and Worship of the Eucharist Outside of Mass for complete details on structuring a Holy Hour celebration.

USCCB Sample Liturgies for Atonement and Healing.

  • USCCB Sample Liturgies for atonement and healing: Click HERE

Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions (FDLC) Resource.

  • In Every Age, O Lord, You have been our Refuge is a resource of liturgies and prayers in response to the recent events: Click HERE

Prayer for Healing Victims of Abuse.

  • This prayer is on the USCCB website, and too, has been prayed as the conclusion to the Prayer of the Faithful. Parishes/communities could consider this option: Click HERE

Help for Victims of Abuse.

Child Protection/Safe Environment Information.

Should you have any questions, as always, please feel free to contact us in the Office of Worship.