Ancient incised cross at the Monastery on Skellig Michael.
The coronavirus has closed many churches across the world. However, many churches continue to celebrate services behind closed doors, and stream them to the Internet. Church Services TV is a valuable website where you can access live streaming of church services in Ireland and the UK. A very useful feature is "What's on now".
The Society of St John the Evangelist is a monastic community in the Anglican Episcopal Church, based in Cambridge, Mass., USA. At this time when the Monastery Chapel is closed, the Brothers invite you to join them for their nightly Compline - the ancient monastic service of bedtime prayers. You can follow the order of service here.
The London Internet Church, based in the Anglican church of St Stephen Walbrook - one of Sir Christopher Wren's masterpieces - is a gathered Christian global community that meets online to worship, enquire, encourage and pray. Beautiful online services of quietness and reflection, and a daily changing morning and night prayer.
3-Minute Retreats from Loyola Press invite you to take a short daily prayer break right at your computer. Spend some quiet time reflecting on a Scripture passage.
For nearly three thousand years, men and women from diverse lands and cultures have been lifting their hearts to God by praying and singing the psalms. The Psalms: 150 Ways of Praying is an online course from the English Jesuits. It explores why these beautiful and timeless songs have such universal appeal and shows how the psalms can set us on a pathway to deeper prayer.
Church Services TV is a website where you can access live streaming of Church services in Ireland and the UK.While the services currently being streamed are Catholic, the site is actively recruiting those of other Christan denominations. A very useful feature is "What's on now".
The Irish Jesuits were among the first to realize the potential of the Internet for prayerful reflection. The result was the global phenomenon which is "Sacred Space" - guiding six million visitors each year through a self-paced session of prayer centred on the daily Gospel readings of the liturgy.
“At Prayer with Thomas Merton” presents daily prayers for dawn and dusk, drawn from the writings of the great 20th century Trappist mystic, Thomas Merton, interwoven with excerpts set to music composed by the sacred music composer (and president of the International Thomas Merton Society), Kathleen Deignan, C.N.D. It is a beautiful resource for a contemplative start and finish to each day of the week.
An international work of Saint Louis University, The Sunday Website has had one and a half million page views in the last 16 months. It prepares site visitors for Sunday Mass and, since all three churches proclaim the same readings on many Sundays of the year, for Church of Ireland and Church of England Sunday liturgies also. It supplies the coming Sunday’s readings, prayers for contemplation on these readings, aspects of spirituality found in them, relevant background information and, finally, musical pieces being played by selected parishes in North America and England.
Deepen your understanding of the daily scripture readings through short Daily Video Scripture Reflections for every day of the Church year. Since the Catholic and Anglican Churches of Ireland and the UK share the same scripture readings on many days of the year, this - like the Sunday Website below - is a valuable ecunemical resource.
Daily Prayer from the Church of Ireland - texts of the service for each day. There is also a recently-launched app for daily worship for use on a mobile device - search App Store for "Church of Ireland".
Pray As You Go is a daily audio guided prayer session, provided by the English Jesuits. It is designed to help you pray whenever you find time, but particularly whilst travelling to and from work, study, etc. For mobile devices, simply download the "pray as you go" app.
Daily Prayer: morning, during the day, evening and night prayer from the Church of England. Available in both contemporary (Common Worship) and traditional (Book of Common Prayer) forms. Select 'More Options' for the latter.
The Liturgy of the Hours (also known as the Divine Office) is the richest single prayer resource of the Church. The practice of sanctifying the 24 hours of the day with psalms, hymns, readings and other prayers during "canonical hours" (periods of fixed prayer at regular intervals) is of great antiquity. Universalis is a clear and user friendly website, which makes the Divine Office very accessible on desktops and mobile devices. This means the Office can be prayed anywhere, whenever there is a space, however small, in life's hectic round of activities.
The World Community for Christian Meditation, inclusive of all denominations, shares a commitment to the discipline of meditation inspired by the early Christian Desert Fathers and Mothers, as taught by an Irish Benedictine monk, Fr John Main, OSB (1926-1982). Today, his successor, Fr. Laurence Freeman OSB, continues the teaching of this ancient and simple twice-daily contemplative practice. Click here to find out more.
Daily prayer and reflection from Plough Publishing House, an independent publisher of books on faith, society, and the spiritual life.
A regular cycle of daily prayers – the ‘Daily Office’ – is at the core of the life of the ecumenical Northumbria Community, a dispersed Christian community with strong links to the saints and scholars of Ireland, the wisdom tradition of the Desert Fathers, and the ‘mixed life’ of the Franciscans. Access the daily prayers on this website.