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IN CHRIST'S COMPANY

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION DURING THIS PERIOD OF THE PANDEMIC.

TODAY WE FIND OURSELVES IN GOOD COMPANY as we walk alongside

two of Jesus’ disheartened followers, and with Jesus Himself...……..




✠ 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!

Stay with us, Lord Jesus Christ.

Reach out to us; invite us to pause and meet with you.

As we look at our lives and that of the world around us,

we can be too anxious to share our real questions with you

or our doubts and fears. We keep them within us in troubled silence.

Silent reflection

Like Mary at the empty tomb,

we fail to grasp the wonder of your resurrection.

Lord, have mercy.

Like the disciples behind locked doors,

we are afraid to be seen as your followers.

Christ, have mercy.

Like the grieving disciples on the Emmaus Road

we fail to notice your presence with us.

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.



COLLECT FOR TODAY


O God, whose greeting we miss

and whose departure we delay:

make our hearts burn with insight

on our ordinary road;

that, as we grasp you

in the broken bread,

we may also let you go,

and return to speak your word of life

in the name of Christ.


Janet Morley



A reading from the Gospel according to Luke,chapter 24, verses 28 to 35


As they came near the village to which they were going, he walked ahead as if he were going on. But they urged him strongly, saying, ‘Stay with us, because it is almost evening and the day is now nearly over.’ So he went in to stay with them. When he was at the table with them, he took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him; and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other, ‘Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?’ That same hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem; and they found the eleven and their companions gathered together. They were saying, ‘The Lord has risen indeed, and he has appeared to Simon!’ Then they told what had happened on the road, and how he had been made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

The Gospel of The Lord.

Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ!

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.




“Stay with us, for it is towards evening and the day is far spent.”

“These words of the Gospel are the first prayer addressed by the Church to the risen Jesus. It is a prayer – without even being aware of it – an everyday phrase that springs from a deep emotion, gratitude, joy, and a profound yearning and concern combined. Rarely was a more beautiful prayer uttered.” Heinrich Spaemann

You come to us, Lord Jesus.

Stay with us in unexpected places,

in a crowded room, on a routine journey,

in conversation, in the stillness.

You come in the midst of our doubt, our fear, our sorrow.

You come to us and bring us peace.

We pray for the places where there is no peace;

countries torn by war, refugees seeking homes,

political prisoners facing squalor or torture.

You come to us and bring peace.

Peace to the tensions and conflicts within us,

to the regrets, the failure, the broken relationships,

the lost friendships.

You come to us, bringing peace and comfort

When we feel alone, when we are lonely;

Unseen, you are there.

You bring us peace, and we pray that we too

may become peacemakers.

You bring peace to all in the chaos of suffering.

In the light of the pandemic in which we find ourselves, be close to those who are ill, afraid or in isolation. In their loneliness, be their consolation; in their anxiety, be their hope; in their darkness, be their light; through him who suffered alone on the cross,

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.

Living Jesus, whose presence on our daily road we often fail to see; warm our hearts

with fresh confidence in your Word, so that, in making room for the stranger beside us, we find your hospitality awaiting us, and the reassurance of your presence to inspire us to tread the road again and to share the good news of your resurrection life.



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.





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 thy wounds hide me;

Suffer me not

to be separated from thee

From the malicious enemy defend me

In the hour of my death call me

And bid me come unto thee

That with thy saints

I may praise thee for ever and ever.



We praise you and we bless you,

our risen Lord Jesus, King of glory,

for you are with us,

even when our eyes are closed to your companionship.

Walk this day alongside the disconsolate and the despairing,

open their eyes to your gentle illumination,

and let their hearts burn within them at your invisible presence.

To you, Lord Jesus, walking by our side,

be honour and glory, now and for ever.




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.

Alleluia! Christ is risen.

He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

Let us bless the Lord.

Thanks be to God!

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