Guide for use when watching Mass at home - Covid19:
When Mass cannot be celebrated
publicly, a guide by Fr. Lixson.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall, I fear? the Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
These words from Psalm 26 were penned by David in the twilight of his life. Having experienced many ups and downs as King of Israel, he reflects on the one steadfast thing, the love of God for him. In these difficult times when our worlds can seem to be upside down and the familiar patterns of life are removed from us, we turn to God and rely on his mercy and loving compassion for us all. This booklet has been provided as a help for prayer when Mass is not available to us. Our priests will continue to offer Mass for the Church and the world at this time, and we can unite ourselves to their celebrations through a spiritual communion. St Thomas Aquinas described Spiritual Communion as, ‘an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the most holy sacrament and lovingly embrace him’. As our pattern of life changes, we should endeavour to keep a pattern of prayer and praise in our days, and this is one way we can unite ourselves in prayer to our Lord and his world.
Be assured of my prayers for you all at this time. Cardinal Vincent Nichols
Some will find it helpful to have a space as a focus for their prayer. This might include a crucifix, icon or other holy image, and a lighted candle.
Making the Sign of the Cross, we say, 'In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen'.
Examination of Conscience Before listening to the Word of God take a moment to reflect.
- For what am I grateful to God for today?
- Where did I stray from God: through words, actions or things I did not do?
- How might I do better tomorrow?
- What grace do I ask from God in order to live more closely in his love?
You may wish to conclude by saying:
Lord Jesus, you have revealed yourself as the way to the Father: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
You have poured out on your people the Spirit of truth: Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
You are the Good Shepherd, leading us to eternal life: Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Prayers / Intercessions - Pray for family and loved ones so that they may be held in God’s compassionate care. Pray for other countries who are struggling with the effects of the COVID-19 virus.
If the following intentions are said in a family, a group or individually we may wish to conclude each one with the response:
Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer
For those in authority: may they offer advice with care and integrity, may they seek to protect the poor and vulnerable.
For all who work in healthcare: give strength to all who look after the sick so that they may bring comfort and relief to the suffering.
For the Church: May she offer prayers and consolation for all those affected.
For our local community and all for those in need: may those who are isolated know the support and service of their neighbours.
we end our intersessions by saying the Lord’s Prayer: Our Father…
Currently and other times when people are unable to receive the Body and Blood of Christ, through illness or due to their personal disposition. Even though some may not receive ‘sacramental’ Communion, all are united in some way by the Holy Spirit.
The traditional idea of ‘spiritual’ Communion is an important one to remember and reaffirm. A deep spiritual communion is possible even when we do not share together the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ. (cf. Celebrating the Mass 212)
Prayer of St Alphonsus
My Jesus, I believe that you present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar. I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever. Amen.
Based on a prayer of St Alphonsus Liguori
We conclude saying, In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
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