"Virtual" Holy Communion
29 March 2020
An Act of Spiritual Communion
First settle yourself quietly without distractions. Turn the phone and TV off. You might want to play quiet, reflective music in the background. You may want to light a candle as a focus. You could even set up a ‘prayer corner’ with any religious images, statues, candles etc.
Be still, and know that God is with you.
In the name of the Father
and of the Son
and of the Holy Spirit.
Now call to mind your sins and make this act of contrition:
Lord Jesus Christ,
Son of the living God,
have mercy on me, a sinner.
Ask God for his forgiveness:
May the Lord in all his mercy,
grant me forgiveness of my sins,
deliver me from evil,
and bring me to the joy of eternal life.
At this point read the Opening Prayer (Collect) for the day – or for the previous Sunday if you have this available from a pewsheet or online. If not, then use this general prayer:
O Lord our God, accept the fervent prayers of your people;
in the multitude of your mercies look with compassion
upon us and all who turn to you for help;
for you are gracious, O lover of souls,
and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.
Mark 2: 1-12
When he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. So many gathered around that there was no longer room for them, not even in front of the door; and he was speaking the word to them. Then some people came, bringing to him a paralysed man, carried by four of them. And when they could not bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him; and after having dug through it, they let down the mat on which the paralytic lay. When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, ‘Son, your sins are forgiven.’ Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, ‘Why does this fellow speak in this way? It is blasphemy! Who can forgive sins but God alone?’ At once Jesus perceived in his spirit that they were discussing these questions among themselves; and he said to them, ‘Why do you raise such questions in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, “Your sins are forgiven”, or to say, “Stand up and take your mat and walk”? But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins’—he said to the paralytic— ‘I say to you, stand up, take your mat and go to your home.’ And he stood up, and immediately took the mat and went out before all of them; so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, ‘We have never seen anything like this!’
Prayers of Intercession
Now spend time in prayer for:
• The Church
• The World
• The Parish, family and friends
• All who are sick
• The departed
The Lord’s Prayer
who art 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.
For thine is the Kingdom, the power and the glory
Now make your spiritual communion. Imagine that you are receiving the Host, brought to you by Jesus, or by Mary or one of the Saints of God:
Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,
but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.
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.
Prayers for Aid, defence and thanksgiving
The almighty Lord,
who is a strong tower for all who put their trust in him,
whom all things in heaven, on earth and under the earth obey,
be now and evermore my defence.
May I believe and trust that the only name under heaven
given for health and salvation
is the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from you.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to you
That with your saints I may praise you
For ever and ever.
Hail Mary, full of Grace, the Lord is with you.
Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
Prayer for us sinners now, and at the hour of our death.
May Our Lady, St George,
here name any saint(s) for whom you have special devotion
and all the saints pray for us.
May the angels and archangels watch over us to guard and keep us.
And may God bless us,
the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Let us bless the Lord
Thanks be to God.