Thursday, March 19, 2020

#BreakingNews Public Holy Mass Suspended in Dioceses across USA - Online Mass and Spiritual Communion Prayers Recommended


In all Catholic Dioceses Public Holy Mass has been suspended. Priests are saying Holy Mass privately and online. Many priests have developed creative ways to offer the sacrament of Confession at a distance. The US Bishops recommend prayer and online Mass from home. The Holy Father, Pope Francis asks all in the world to join in the prayer of the Rosary today at 4pmEST or 9pm Rome time.
How Do I Make a Spiritual Communion?

Below are recommendations for how to make a ‘spiritual communion’ when unable to participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The recommendations can be adapted based upon personal and family needs.



  • Gather with others in your household and begin a time of prayer with the sign of the cross.
  • Take time to read and reflect upon the readings from Sunday Mass. You can find the readings at https://www.catholicnewsworld.com/2020/03/sunday-mass-online-sun-march-15-2020.html . 
  • Share prayer intentions quietly or aloud.
  • Pray the Lord’s Prayer. 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.'" Amen
  • Pray one of the following prayers of spiritual communion (see below).
  • My Jesus,
    I believe that you are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
    I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul.
    Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,
    come at least spiritually into my heart.
    I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly to you.
    Never permit me to be separated from you.
    Amen.
  • Close with the sign of the cross.
  • Invocation of Our Lady
    Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to your protection, implored your help, or sought your intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to you, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To you I come, before you I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in your mercy, hear and answer me. Our Lady of Lourdes, pray for us.


    Coronavirus dispensation and prayers
    Many people feel powerless in the face of this pandemic. We see in a devastating way how widely a virus spreads person to person. We have confidence that God allows the good that we do, our prayer and our actions, to make a positive impact on brothers and sisters. As Pope Francis encourages us, “Let us call upon him today, firmly rooted in prayer, for without prayer all our activity risks being fruitless and our message empty.” (Evangelii Gaudium, no. 259)
    What is a Dispensation from Mass?
    A dispensation from the diocesan Bishop releases Catholics from fulfilling their Sunday obligation (Mass). Since public Masses are cancelled in the Archdiocese of Washington until further notice, this means that if you live in the Archdiocese of Washington, the right thing to do is to stay home for your safety and the safety of others. Though there is a sadness for not being able to participate at Mass, one should not feel guilty for not going to Mass. You have a free conscience to stay home. Catholics are encouraged to offer up their sickness or pastoral care for the sake of those who are seriously ill and for those who have died.

    What Should I do if I Can’t go to Mass?

    Catholics are encouraged to make a ‘spiritual communion’. St. John Paul II writes that “it is good to cultivate in our hearts a constant desire for the sacrament of the Eucharist. This was the origin of the practice of ‘spiritual communion’, which has happily been established in the Church for centuries and recommended by saints who were masters of the spiritual life. 
    Saint Teresa of Jesus wrote: ‘When you do not receive communion and you do not attend Mass, you can make a spiritual communion, which is a most beneficial practice; by it the love of God will be greatly impressed on you.’” (Ecclesia Eucharistia, no. 34)

    Prayer to the Most Holy Redeemer (Anima Christi)

    Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
    Body of Christ, save me.
    Blood of Christ, embolden me.
    Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
    Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
    O good Jesus, hear me.
    Within thy wounds hide me.
    Never permit me to be parted from you.
    From the evil Enemy defend me.
    In the hour of my death call me.
    and bid me come to thee,
    that with your saints I may praise thee
    for age upon age.
    Amen.

    Prayer to our Lord Jesus Christ Crucified
    Behold, O good and loving Jesus, that I cast myself on my knees before you and, with the greatest fervor of spirit, I pray and beseech you to instill into my heart ardent sentiments of faith, hope and charity, with true repentance for my sins and a most firm purpose of amendment. With deep affection and sorrow I ponder intimately and contemplate in my mind your five wounds, having before my eyes what the prophet David had already put in your mouth about yourself, O good Jesus: They have pierced my hands and my feet; they have numbered all my bones (Ps. 21: 17-18). The above prayers can be found in the Manual of Indulgences for those who make “an act of spiritual communion” and are prayers of thanksgiving in the Roman Missal. The Manual of Indulgences indicates that a partial indulgence is granted to the faithful who recite one of these prayers.

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