Light a candle Sunday 5th April 9pm

We invite you to join in spirit with the Parish of the Durham Martyrs in saying the two prayers below for all affected by the Coronavirus Covid-19 disease.

We suggest you light a candle at 9pm on the evening of Palm (Passion) Sunday and join with us for 15 minutes, sending up our prayers and uniting us at a time when we cannot be together.

Parish Prayer during Coronavirus Covid-19

For all who have contracted coronavirus, we pray for care and healing.

For those who are particularly vulnerable, we pray for safety and protection.

For those who have died from coronavirus we pray they rest peacefully with You.

For those who have lost loved ones we pray for comfort in their grief.

For all who experience fear or anxiety, we pray for peace of mind and spirit.

For affected families who are facing difficult decisions between food on the table or public safety, we pray for policies that recognise their plight.

For our brothers and sisters around the world, we pray for shared solidarity.

For public officials and decision-makers, we pray for wisdom and guidance.

Father, during this time may your Church be a sign of hope and love to all.

Grant peace. Grant comfort. Grant healing. Be with us, Lord. Amen.

A prayer for all NHS Workers and especially those in our parish:

Lord Jesus, who healed the sick and gave them new life,

be with doctors, nurses and carers, as they act as agents of your healing touch.

In desperate times, keep them strong yet loving;

and when their work is done,

be with them in their weariness and in their tears. Amen.

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About Us 

The parish of the Durham Martyrs incorporates the Catholic churches of Our Lady of Mercy and St Godric, St Bede and St Joseph (Gilesgate) in Durham City. We are part of the Finchale Partnership and based within the Diocese of Hexham and Newcastle.

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St. Bede,

St Godric's RC Primary School, Carrhouse Drive,


DH1 5LZ 

Our Lady of Mercy

and St Godric

Castle Chare

St Joseph

Mill Lane

Marjorie, the Parish Secretary's working hours are 8:30am -4:00pm Tues - Fri. If you email outside these hours you will receive a response when Marjorie is back in the office. 

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