A SPIRITUAL RESPONSE
BLESSED SACRAMENT PROCESSION
SUNDAY, 15 MARCH
King David prayed for the Lord to stop the pestilence, and the angel sheathed his sword at the threshing floor of Arauanah, which later became the site of the Temple.
When plague ravaged Rome in the sixth century, Pope St Gregory the Great held a procession to seek mercy for the sins of the people and to plead for an end to the scourge. Our most important response to the current situation should be to pray.
On Sunday, 15 March, at 4.30pm, there will be a Eucharistic procession through our church, to ask God’s mercy and protection.
PRAYER AFTER ALL MASSES
At the end of every Mass we shall sing the Marian antiphon for the season (at present the Ave Regina Caelorum), followed by the Collect in time of sickness.
KEEPING YOUR SPIRITUAL LIFE GOING
If you are unable to attend Mass or to receive Holy Communion during this time, try to follow the texts of the Mass and to make a spiritual Communion. If possible, try to make private visits to the Blessed Sacrament in the Tabernacle.
AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
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.
A PRACTICAL RESPONSE
GUIDANCE FOR THE CORONAVIRUS
His Lordship the Bishop has decreed the following:
- Hymn sheets will be used instead of shared books.
The hymn sheets and newsletters must be taken away with you.
- The collection will be taken at the end of Mass as you leave the church, rather than having the plate passed.
- Refreshments after Mass are suspended for now.
- Churches are to remain open for prayer.
- The sign of peace and the chalice are not to be offered.
- Holy water stoups are to be emptied.
- Relics should not be physically touched for veneration.
The Fathers make the following reminders:
- Please refrain from physical contact – eg handshaking.
- Please wash your hands frequently.
- In the event of restrictions being placed on public worship, the Fathers will endeavour to make broadcast Masses available by means of the internet.
- If you are worried about infection, either for yourself or others, it may be best not to receive Holy Communion for the time being. We have an obligation to go to Mass every Sunday, but we are only obliged to receive Holy Communion once a year. If we are in a State of Grace, then the Church teaches that we can receive the same graces by making a Spiritual Communion.
- If you are elderly, sick, or vulnerable and therefore it would be best not to come to Mass at present, then you are dispensed from the obligation.
- If you are stuck at home in self-isolation, make sure that we have your ‘phone number so that we can ring you even if we may not visit.
- If you know someone who is alone at this time, try to keep in touch by ‘phone.
- In order that the Church’s work and mission not be impeded, we encourage you at this time to make a standing order. Forms will be made available.