Sacred Heart “Corona Scatter” Prayer Booklet – Free Download
Two educators produced a Covid-19 prayer booklet which is it is making freely available.
Mark Potterton and Pam Paton-Mills of Sacred Heart School in Observatory, Johannesburg have collated prayers from various religious traditions and put them together in one 27-page PDF booklet titled “Corona Scatter”, with a foreword by Bishop Kevin Dowling of Rustenburg.
“We had collected a couple of prayers that we were using at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. Most of them had come from a World Council of Churches website,” said Dr Potterton, principal of Sacred Heart’s primary school, told The Southern Cross.
“I had put a contemporary prayer book together a couple of years ago and began to use prayers from the prayer book.”
Pam Paton-Mills, director of Pastoral Care at Sacred Heart, also had collected some prayers which she was using with different groups. So the two began to combine their resources.
The prayers are mostly Christian, including one by Pope Francis, but it also includes reflections from other faith perspectives.
“I had read a beautiful piece on what the pandemic means for us today written by the Dalai Lama. I thought that this would be a perfect ending for a prayer book on Covid-19,” Dr Potterton said.
“I wrote to the Dalai Lama to ask for permission to use him article, and he responded within days giving us the go-ahead.”
At the same time Bishop Dowling had published a short piece on the pandemic and what it meant for South Africa in the British Catholic journal The Tablet.
“I thought that part of his article would make a perfect introduction and wrote to him. He was delighted to help and agreed for us to use it,” Dr Potterton said.
“Corona Scatter” is free to download
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