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Making a Spiritual Communion

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Say: Jesus, there is room for You in my heart

video: Bishop Mark's message to the Diocese urging “Spiritual Communion” during the time of the Coronavirus Pandemic. click the YouTube video below to play or here if video is not visible.

... I finish these words by sharing with you an act of spiritual communion which you may want to make your own in these days;

“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.”

The full text of Bishop Mark's video is below  - more Diocesan videos

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Video full text: Bishop Mark sends Message to the Diocese urging “Spiritual Communion” during the time of the Coronavirus Pandemic. (watch video above)

My dear friends,

I greet you today, on this Feast of St Joseph, at a time when our Church and our diocesan family, faces, together with the whole world, a huge challenge. We have become more conscious that we are not masters of the universe. We are more vulnerable than perhaps we have dared to believe. We are more aware than ever of our own mortality.

In the face of the darkness and uncertainty of these days, we must turn more urgently to God, who is our only and sure hope, and who gives us light and strength beyond our human capacities.

For us, as Catholics, we know that there is no substitute for personally participating in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, which is the source and summit of our life in Christ. We pray for the time when this may be universally available once more.

Mass will continue to be celebrated every day in our churches by our priests, but of course, without a congregation. Yet we can all seek the fruits of the Sacrifice of the Mass through a spiritual communion. This is an act of faith which we each make personally, hopefully each day. It is a practise which will remind us that Jesus does not abandon His people, but draws near, indeed comes into the heart of each one, if we but turn to Him in sincerity and truth.

So many of our brothers and sisters around the world are deprived of the opportunity to celebrate the Holy Eucharist, for many reasons. Due to this pandemic we also will now experience their suffering. This sacrifice we must make, will, I am sure, help us to cherish more profoundly the great gift of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It will certainly intensify our hunger for Jesus, our Eucharistic Lord.

Mass in the Cathedral, celebrated every day at 11am, will be available on our Diocesan and Cathedral websites. This is one place where we can join together each day, as a Diocesan family, and individually make our own act of spiritual communion. In addition, every afternoon at 4.30 there will be a time of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, again available online. Prayer is the most important thing we can do at this time – prayer for the sick, for the dying, for the bereaved, for our health care professionals and for those seeking a vaccine. Let us remember that the mercies of the Lord are everlasting. He renews them in us each day.

I finish these words by sharing with you an act of spiritual communion which you may want to make your own in these days;

“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.”

Our Lady, Mother of us All, Pray for us

St Joseph, Guardian of the Church, Pray for us

St Boniface, Patron of our Diocese, Pray for us

May God bless you all at this time.

Pray for me. +Mark O’Toole Bishop of Plymouth

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1. My Jesus, I believe that you are 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

 

2. Jesus, there is room for You in my heart

3. Pope Francis offers the Faithful a prayer for spiritual communion:

“My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar. I prostrate myself at your feet, O my Jesus, and I offer you the repentance of my heart, which abases itself in its nothingness and in your Holy Presence. I adore You in the Sacrament of your Love; I desire to receive You in the poor abode that my heart offers You. While awaiting the happiness of Sacramental Communion, I wish to possess you in spirit. Come to me, O my Jesus, that I may come to You. May your Love inflame my whole being in life and in death. Jesus, I believe in You, I hope in You, I love You.”

Pope Francis has been offering his daily Mass celebrated in the chapel of his Santa Casa Marta residence in the Vatican to all who are affected by the global coronavirus pandemic. The Masses are live streamed on YouTube at 7am Rome time, Last Friday, offered his Mass for those who are sick, those who care for the sick, and all those who are affected by the coronavirus. In his homily, he addressed those who are unable to receive Communion or the Sacrament of Confession in the midst of coronavirus-cancelled Mass. 

“Many will say to me today: ‘But, Father, where can I find a priest, a confessor, because one can’t leave home? And I want to make peace with the Lord, I want Him to embrace me, that my Papa embrace me. What can I do if I can’t find priests?'”

The Holy Father told the Faithful to follow the Catechism and confess your sins to God. “Do what the Catechism says. it’s very clear: if you don’t find a priest to hear your Confession, talk with God, He is your Father, and tell Him the truth: ‘Lord, I’ve done this, and that, and that – I’m sorry,’ and ask Him for forgiveness with all your heart, with the Act of Contrition and promise Him: ‘Afterwards I will go to Confession, but forgive me now.'” (+uCatholic)

More on Spiritual Communion soon

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How to participate in Mass during the coronavirus outbreak

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Homilies / transcripts are here

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“He said not 'Thou shalt not be tempested, thou shalt not be travailed, thou shalt not be dis-eased'; but He said, 'Thou shalt not be overcome.” ~ Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love

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