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DIVINE MERCY SUNDAY

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION BY BLOG ON THIS SECOND SUNDAY WITHIN EASTERTIDE




In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Today we celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, a Feast Day formally established by Pope St. John Paul II. According to the private revelations that she recorded in her diary, St. Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun, received from God affirmation of His love, mercy and compassion as demonstrated by the lengths Our Lord was prepared to go for us in His Death and Resurrection. This Feast of Mercy, designated to be observed on the Second Sunday of Easter, is to be a reminder that through the actions of the Risen Christ “all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened”.


It is this love which is hoped to inspire humanity today, especially in the face of this present crisis. The message of divine mercy is implicitly a message about the value of every human being. Each person is precious in God’s eyes; Christ gave his life for each one of us; to everyone the Father gives his Spirit and offers His deepest love and acceptance of us through His Son. The gentle face of Christ is turned towards us; the radiance from His Heart touches us and shines upon us, enlightens our way and fills us with hope.



SAYING SORRY

Compassion and mercy belong to the Lord our God,

though we have rebelled against him.

Let us then renounce our wilfulness and ask his mercy

by confessing our sins in penitence and faith.

Like Mary Magdalen at the empty tomb,

we fail to grasp the wonder of your presence.

Lord, have mercy.

Like the disciples behind locked doors,

we are afraid to be seen as your followers.

Christ, have mercy.

Like Thomas in the upper room,

we are slow to believe.

Lord, have mercy.

Almighty God, who forgives all who truly repent,

have mercy upon us,

pardon and deliver us from all our sins,

confirm and strengthen us in all goodness,

and keep us in life eternal;

through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible; look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in these difficult times we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence

submit ourselves to Your holy will,

which is Love and Mercy itself.


FIRST READING 1 Peter 1: Through your faith, God’s power will guard you until the salvation which has been prepared is revealed at the end of time.

This is a cause of great joy for you, even though you may for a short time

have to bear being plagued by all sorts of trials;

so that, when Jesus Christ is revealed, your faith

will have been tested and proved like gold – only it is more precious than gold, which is corruptible even though it bears testing by fire –

and then you will have praise and glory and honour.

You did not see him, yet you love him; and still without seeing him,

you are already filled with a joy so glorious that it cannot be described,

because you believe; and you are sure of the end

to which your faith looks forward, that is, the salvation of your souls.


Alleluia, alleluia!

Jesus said: ‘You believe because you can see me.

Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.’

Alleluia!



GOSPEL of John, 20:19-31 Thomas, called the Twin, who was one of the Twelve,

was not with them when Jesus came. When the disciples said,

‘We have seen the Lord’, he answered,

‘Unless I see the holes that the nails made in his hands

and can put my finger into the holes they made,

and unless I can put my hand into his side, I refuse to believe.’


Eight days later the disciples were in the house again and Thomas was with them. The doors were closed, but Jesus came in and stood among them.

‘Peace be with you’ he said. Then he spoke to Thomas, ‘Put your finger here; look, here are my hands.

Give me your hand; put it into my side. Doubt no longer but believe.’ Thomas replied, ‘My Lord and my God!’ Jesus said to him:‘You believe because you can see me. Happy are those who have not seen and yet believe.’


I BELIEVE….


I believe in God, the Father almighty,

creator of heaven and earth.

I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,

who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,

born of the Virgin Mary,

suffered under Pontius Pilate,

was crucified, died, and was buried;

he descended to the dead.

On the third day he rose again;

He ascended into heaven,

He is seated at the right hand of the Father,

And he will come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit,

the holy catholic Church,

the communion of saints,

the forgiveness of sins,

the resurrection of the body,

and the life everlasting. Amen.




PRAYERS



Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort, knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord.

I pray for those struggling financially…….

I pray for food banks,that supplies will keep-up with those who need help…….

I pray for those on the front line in combating this virus; refuse workers, shop assistants, doctors, nurses, care assistants, the emergency services, delivery drivers, and all other key workers. ….

Pandemic Pieta

I pray for those who cannot look after themselves - in their own homes, in care homes and hospitals……

I pray for the local businesses,

especially those who have had to close to put staff on furlough. May they come through this time safely able to open their business as soon as possible….

I pray for those worried about the future of their jobs and their income; for families under pressure, and for those breaking under the strain of these difficult times…..



Pray for those who have no personal faith, or those whose faith is challenged, that they may seek and find the One who never changes, and whose love is free,

limitless and unconditional.

We ask Mary to pray with us, as we with her bring our care for the situation in which we find ourselves

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee,blessed art thou among women,

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us sinners now,

and at the hour of our death.

Risen Christ, for whom no door is locked, no entrance barred:

open the doors of our hearts,

that we may seek the good of others

and walk the joyful road of sacrifice and peace;Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son,

our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

This is holy space

God is here - you are welcome

This is your space to be with God And God's space to be with you

Make yourself at home

Be yourself

Be real

There's no rush

Let God love you

Let God know you

Let God heal you

Let God speak to you

Receive from God

Commune with God…..

Sit for a moment in silence

Let us give thanks to the Lord our God;

It is right and just. It is truly right and just, our duty and our salvation, always and everywhere to give you thanks, Lord, holy Father, almighty and eternal God, through Christ our Lord. For raised up high on the Cross, he gave himself up for us with a wonderful love and poured out blood and water from his pierced side, the wellspring of the Church’s Sacraments, so that, won over to the open heart of the Saviour, all might draw water joyfully from the springs of salvation. And so, with all the Angels and Saints, we praise you, as without end we acclaim: Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of your glory. Hosanna in the highest. Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Hosanna in the highest.


At the Saviour’s command

and formed by divine teaching, we dare to say:

Our Father, 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.

Deliver us, Lord, we pray, from every evil,

graciously grant peace in our days,

that, by the help of your mercy,

we may be always free from sin

and safe from all distress,

as we await the blessed hope

and the coming of our Saviour, Jesus Christ.

For the kingdom, the power and the glory are yours

now and for ever.

Lord Jesus Christ, who said to your Apostles:

Peace I leave you, my peace I give you,

look not on our sins,

but on the faith of your Church,

and graciously grant her peace and unity

in accordance with your will.

Who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,

have mercy on us.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world,

grant us peace.



Time to sit quietly to receive the Lord’s Presence spiritually.


“My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the altar. 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,”


Pope Francis prayed this on March 21

in his televised daily Mass from the Vatican City.


Grant, we pray, almighty God, that we, who glory in the Heart of your beloved Son and recall the wonders of his love for us, may be made worthy to receive an overflowing measure of compassionate grace from that fount of heavenly gifts. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.

THE REGINA CAELI

Joy to thee, O Queen of Heaven! Alleluia. He whom thou wast meet to bear, alleluia. As he promised, hath arisen, alleluia. Pour for us to him thy prayer, alleluia.

Rejoice and be glad, O Virgin Mary, alleluia.

For the Lord is risen indeed, alleluia!

O God, who through the resurrection

of Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ

didst vouchsafe to give joy to the world: grant, we beseech thee, that through His Mother, the Virgin Mary,

we may obtain the joys of everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord.


Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God!

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