Worship@Home is an online resource to help families with children pray together at home until we are unable to gather for Sunday Mass again. It is based on and inspired by Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest: Leader's Guide (promulgated by the U.S. Bishops) and the Directory for Masses with Children (from the Congregation for Divine Worship).
Here is what the Catechism of the Catholic Church, quoting canon law, states:
If because of lack of a sacred minister or for other grave cause participation in the celebration of the Eucharist is impossible, it is specially recommended that the faithful take part in the Liturgy of the Word if it is celebrated in the parish church or in another sacred place according to the prescriptions of the diocesan bishop, or engage in prayer for an appropriate amount of time personally or in a family or, as occasion offers, in groups of families."
Catechism of the Catholic Church, #2183
We are certainly within "grave cause" territory, and the social distancing demands to keep our communities safe keep us from gathering in a church, other sacred space (with the exception a home), or as groups of families. "Participation in the celebration of the Eucharist" clearly refers to in-person presence (when that is possible). In-person worship is the priority, whether it is Mass or not.
So, in order of preference, we would (1.) Gather together for Mass, (2.) Gather together for Liturgy of the Word, (3.) Pray at home as individual families or as groups of families (if we were not social distancing!).
Think about it this way. There are many parishes around the world who don't have a priest available on Sunday. We don't have them live stream another parish's liturgy. We have them pray together in another form. And we have a whole ritual book specifically to support this case.
There is nothing wrong with people watching Mass remotely, and it is wonderful that the gift of technology makes this available. It's a particularly good option for an individual living alone. Some who are homebound watch Mass in this way regularly.
YES! In fact, as parents, the church wants to encourage you to pray in your own home!
The services we based ours on were written to be led by a lay person or deacon. We have adapted them further to be more age-appropriate for use by children.
Church teaching calls the family the "domestic church," the smallest gathering of believers in Christ. Each family is a tiny church!
Unfortunately, they are currently only available in English. We would love to offer them in Spanish, too, but we would need some help in translating and adapting. Please contact us if you may be able to contribute to this effort.
A good option for adults are the services by Diana Macalintal, offered at Liturgy.Life.
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