This week will be very different for most of us. There are lots of changes to the way we do things – but there is alway continuity in prayer. That is where we must focus our minds in the coming weeks. Praying for ourselves, for each other and for the world at large.
Receiving Christ in your heart.
Whilst we are separated from receiving the Sacrament in the Mass we are not cut off completely.
There is an ancient tradition in the Church of receiving Holy Communion via a Spiritual Communion.
St. Thomas Aquinas says that in order to make a Spiritual Communion we should have,
‘an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Holy Sacrament and a loving embrace as though we had already received Him’.
You can make your Spiritual Common as often as you like but I encourage you to make it each morning at about 9:30am – the moment when I will be elevating the Host in church at the Daily Mass.
In this way we will be offering our prayers together, holding together through this difficult time.
To make your Spiritual Communion pray:
‘My Jesus, I believe that you are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I long for you in my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though you have already come, I embrace you and unite myself entirely to you; never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.’
The church is open everyday (except Saturday). The church will be open for Private Prayer for an hour after each streamed service. Jesus Christ will be present in the Blessed Sacrament on the Altar. Come and find peace and calm as we face lockdown together.
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