Spiritual Communion 18th March 2020
In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning is now, and ever shall be world without end. Amen.
We say sorry….
You were sent to heal the contrite of heart:
Lord have mercy or Kyrie, eleison
You came to call sinners:
Christ have mercy or Christe, eleison
You are seated at the right hand of the Father
to intercede for us:
Lord have mercy or Kyrie, eleison
May almighty God have mercy on us,
forgive us our sins, and bring us to everlasting life.
The Word of God for today:
1 Timothy 1:1-4 I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings should be made for everyone, for rulers and all who are in high positions, so that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and dignity. This is right and is acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour, who desires everyone to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.
"Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven."
Time to reflect on these words of Scripture….
I thank God for these few moments we have spent alone together
and for any insights I may have been given in these texts.
Prayerful Conversation with God:
May your Holy Spirit guide me In all my dealings with others. May I use the gift of speech with kindness.
“For me, prayer is a surge of the heart; it is a simple look turned toward heaven, it is a cry of recognition and of love, embracing both trial and joy.”
St Thérèse of Lisieux
Time for silent prayer
Lord our God, your heart is moved with compassion
when people suffer, when help is needed, and when we pray for each other.
Hear our prayers for all affected by this present crisis.
Look kindly on those who suffer, ease their burden and strengthen their faith, that we may always have confidence and trust in your fatherly care.
We join our prayers with those of Mary and all the saints,
who pray for us constantly in the closer presence of Jesus:
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.
AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
- sit in stillness, breathe deeply to calm yourself,
and welcome the Presence of Christ…..
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.
Sit quietly, let the Lord sit with you in the quietness,
and then thank Jesus for the gift of his presence.
THE LORD'S PRAYER
Asking God’s blessing Lord you have called me
to be for you ‘a light for the world’. Let me be always conscious of those you want me to serve, the hungry and the homeless, the sick and the destitute, the stranger and the refugee;
and may Christ give me grace to grow in holiness,
to deny myself, take up the cross
and follow him; and the blessing of Almighty God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, be upon us all,
and remain with us always.