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page originally for Covid-19 restrictions is still often updated

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Prayer can turn a kitchen into an altar, a quarantine into a Lenten pilgrimage, a hospital room into an Upper Room, and an ordinary person into a witness. ('Sunday Worship' BBC Radio 4, 29th March 2020)

Spiritual Communion prayer: “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.”

Universalis daily readings link readings

The importance of Mass and why you are missing it (Fr. Philip)

Plymouth Cathedral (website) Mass live on Diocesan YouTube channel - recordings and other services available, Evening prayer, Rosary, Exposition / Adoration etc.

Live Catholic Mass England and Wales Directory schedule of live Masses and services from UK and Ireland churches 

Catholic Directory schedule of live Masses UK UK, Ireland and international listings - click the Mass you want to join.

MCN Media UK, Ireland and international livestreams - select the Mass you want to join

Dial–a-Mass for all without internet or a device (please pass this info on). A Middlesbrough Diocese Mass is available by telephone from 12 noon Sunday until following Sunday for the cost of a local call to 01642 130120

Westminster Cathedral website for times and live link ~ Diocese of Westminster website

The National Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham - live Mass & recordings

Clifton Cathedral live stream link

Medjugorje, follow the evening prayer program from St. James church, Mass is translated - other videos.

From St Mary's Church, Helston, Cornwall with Father Paul Andrew

The 9am Sunday Mass from Sclerder Abbey is recorded and available later in the day on Sclerder Abbey's YouTube channel. Slow broadband prevents live streaming masses.

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes schedule of prayer at the Grotto

Taizé - YouTube channel | Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima

St. James's Catholic Church Spanish Place, London, Sun 10:30am

St Teilo's with Our Lady of Lourdes Cardiff, Mass daily at 10.00am and 10.30am in Polish. Adoration after until 5.30pm, Benediction at 5.30pm. Live feed available all day for prayer.

Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral website for times

Leeds Cathedral website for times

St John's RC Cathedral Portsmouth - scroll down to Live Mass

Vatican YouTube channel live and recordings.

Buckfast Abbey live-stream link for times

Sion Community YouTube live stream Mass at 11 am on Sunday from the 'Ark of the Covenant' in Coventry. A community of 10 with a priest, they can celebrate Mass together with musicians and lay readers taking part. Some weeks the sermon is directed at children, other weeks more generally for a family audience.

Live audio stream of the monastic office and Mass from Worth Abbey. Feel as if you are in the centre of the monastic choir stalls! (link contributed by Dom. Patrick, a visitor to our Isles of Scilly church)

Visit for all Mass times including Missa Cantata on Sundays. 

St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica Toronto live on YouTube (and Rosary)

'Sunday Worship' on Radio 4 (BBC Sounds) is often from a Catholic Church


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Mass in Polish

St Teilo's with Our Lady of Lourdes Cardiff, Mass daily at 10.00am and 10.30am in Polish.

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CAFOD: Join a virtual Children's Liturgy at 10am on Sundays. Prayers and resources for children's liturgy catechists and for families. Recordings are available.

For Christian based activities for use at home visit Diocese of Plymouth Youth Events Facebook page

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Help to understand the importance of Mass and why you are missing it, from Newsletter 26th April 2020:

My dear People, I know we all miss being at Mass so much. I know also that very many of you do go on the internet and live-stream Masses and other Devotions from all over the world. It is great that we are able to do that today. But nothing can replace that coming together and being with the Lord. Virtual reality is fine, except … that you don’t have a virtual reality breakfast or dinner. It won’t satisfy you for very long!

One reason, among many, why we miss Mass is that it is what Jesus asked us to do, and it is Jesus giving himself to us in his physical body and blood, which feeds and nourishes us. I know every year in Easter time I remind you that all the sacraments flow from the Easter Mystery, especially The Mass. Vatican II referred to The Liturgy as “the source and summit of the Christian life,” from which the whole of Christianity flows, and to which it returns. All parts of The Mass come from the scriptures and from Jesus himself.

The Mass begins with the Opening Rite, the Gathering of the People, and the very start says why we are missing it; we are unable to gather. Normally we come together as the Catholic community, beginning with either the Entrance Hymn to join in, or the Entrance Antiphon, (always used on weekdays, which is a verse from a psalm or scripture), after which follows The Greeting. As we gather we are invited to look into our hearts and acknowledge our sins.

Think of the first Easter Night, as the disciples are gathered in the upper room, and the Risen Lord comes, “Peace be with you.” (When a/the bishop is present, as a successor of the apostles, that is also his greeting) Jesus knew how uneasy the disciples were, so he reassures them, saying peace again, and commissioning them to forgive sins (Jn. 20:19ff)

We then pray the Kyrie, Eleison (Lord, have mercy) The disciples were glad when they saw the Lord; we sing Gloria in excelsis Deo (Glory to God in the highest; This is song of the angels at Christ’s birth) Then the Collect (the collected prayer of the people) The Ministry of the Word; Readings from the Old Testament, always answered by a Psalm, a second reading from the New Testament; the preparation for the Gospel, Alleluia acclamation, and a reading from the Holy Gospel. 

Then just as Jesus did on the road to Emmaus, the priest is to ‘break open the scriptures,’ opening our hearts, recalling God’s great works for us, and feeling our hearts burn within us! On Sundays we profess our faith, Credo, following Thomas, who on meeting the risen Jesus made his great statement of faith, ‘My Lord and my God.’
Then in our Bidding Prayers we pray for all of humanity; The Church, the world, the living, and the departed.

The Ministry of the Eucharist; we fulfil the Lord’s command to ‘Do this in memory of me.’ (It is good to recall it is a command of the Lord, not just to love God and one another, but to ‘do this’.) The Gifts are offered, Thanksgiving is made in the Preface, the Sanctus, (Holy, holy) sung, and the bread and wine consecrated, become the Body and Blood of the Lord. The Lord’s Prayer and Agnus Dei (Lamb of God) are sung, All this happens as the bread is taken, blessed, broken and given, all as Jesus did at the Last Supper, and also at Emmaus. We receive the Lord and then the Concluding Rite. After a prayer, we are blessed and sent out, rejoicing, re-charged for His service. ‘Go on your mission,’ (Mass is ended, we are fed and nourished by Word and Sacrament)

This is a great reminder that what we celebrate Sunday-by-Sunday, day-by–day, is not what we’ve made up. It is what Jesus left us, and has been continued since He was with the disciples. The 1st Reading last Sunday from Acts 2:42-47 says “The whole community remained faithful to the teaching of the apostles, to the brotherhood, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers.” (In Easter time the 1st Readings are from the Acts of the Apostles) All that we do is from the scriptures.

Dr Scott Hahn in his book “The Lamb’s Supper,” tells how all we do at Mass is there in the scriptures, and esp. in Apocalypse/ Revelation. The references are here: Sunday Worship 1:10; a high priest 1:13; An altar 8:3-4, 11:1, 14:18. Consecrated celibacy 14:4. Priests (presbyeroi) 4:4, 11:15, 14:3, 19:4. Vestments 1:13, 4:4, 6:11, 7:9, 15:6, 19:13-14. Lamp stands/Menorah/candles 1:12, 2:5. Penitence Chapters 2 & 3. Incense 5:8, 8:3-5. The book or scroll, readings 5:1 Eucharistic Host 2:17. Chalices 15:7 Ch. 16, 21:9 Sign of Cross 7:3, 14:1, 22:4. Gloria 15:3-4. Alleluia 19:1, 3, 4, 6, Holy, Holy, 4:8. Lift up your hearts 11:12, The Great Amen 19:4, 22:21. Lamb of God 5:6 & throughout. Virgin Mary 12:1-6, 13-17. Intercession of Angels and Saints; 5:8, 6:9-10, 8:3-4. Michael, Archangel 12:7. 
Readings from Scripture Ch. 2-3,5: 8:2-11. Antiphonal chant 4:8-11, 5:9-14, 7:10-12, 18: 1-8. Priesthood of all the Faithful (the people) 1:6, 20:6. Catholicity/Universality 7:9. Silence 8:1. The Marriage Supper of the Lamb 19:9, 17.

At the Office of Readings for most of Eastertime the 1st Reading is from Apocalypse. John says it was on the Lord’s Day, Sunday, when he had this vision which is of the Mass. He mentions trumpets and harps, which in his day were the standard instruments for liturgical music, as the organ is today. Scott Hahn also says, “If you read the book from end to end, you’ll notice that all of God’s great historical interventions–plagues, wars, and so on–follow closely upon liturgical actions; hymns, doxologies (that is Glory be) libations and incensing. Scott also notes that Apocalypse, like the Mass, divides rather neatly into half: Chapters 1-11 is a Proclamation; Liturgy of the Word. The first 3 chapters form a sort of Penitential Rite, and then the second half, chapter 11v 19 –end of the book, The Liturgy of the Eucharist. It opens with God’s Temple in heaven, with the chalices at the banquet /supper of the Lamb.

I hope all this helps you understand the importance of Mass, and why you are missing it. Fr. Philip 

SEE ALSO Corpus Christi homily 2020 and links 

Parousia: The Bible and the Mass. A Lent 2021 journey through scripture, hosted by Scott Hahn to uncover why all God’s action, in creation & redemption, is ordered to the Mass.

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Spiritual Communion and Act of Contrition

A video message from Bishop Mark is on Spiritual Communion page, with text in full

Come into my heart Lord Jesus. There is room in my heart for thee.

“Pray, hope, and don't worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer”
Prayer of St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)


updated July 2023 v 01.41 (links) ~ JMJ +AMDG icon 'new'