MAKING A SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
+ In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
As you light the candle, pray:
Lord Jesus, you came as a light that shines in darkness and a light that darkness cannot overpower; enlighten our hearts and minds to your presence, here and now.
Act of Penance (Confession)
For the times when we have failed to love God and to love each other, we ask for God’s forgiveness.
Lord have mercy; Christ have mercy; Lord have mercy.
Almighty and merciful God
Look with compassion on our affliction,
And so lighten your children’s burden and confirm our faith
That we may always trust without hesitation
In your fatherly providence.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ your Son,
Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
One God, now and for ever. Amen
Listening to God’s Word
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures.
He leads me beside still waters.
He restores my soul.
He leads me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil,
for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies;
you anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.
Surely,goodness and mercyshall follow me all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord for ever. (Psalm 23)
A Reading from the Gospel According to Matthew:
At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:25-29)
This is the Gospel of the Lord – Thanks be to God
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We bring our needs and prayers before our heavenly father:
We pray for our world at this time. (Pause for silent prayer)
Lord, grant healing and comfort to those afflicted by the Coronavirus.
We pray for the NHS, all doctors, nurses and carers, and all those who work with the sick. (Pause)
Lord, protect them and strengthen them as they care in your name.
We pray for the Prime Minister and members of the government, and for all politicians. (Pause)
Lord, inspire them to make wise and measured decisions.
We pray for the government’s medical and scientific advisers. (Pause)
Lord, enlighten them as they work to understand what is happening; guide them as they offer advice to our political leaders.
We pray for those who are anxious at this time. (Pause)
Lord, ease their fears and grant them the consolation of your presence.
We pray for those who suffer in any way: the poor, the hungry, the homeless; those who suffer from persecution, war and violence; those who are depressed, lonely or sad. (Pause)
Lord, help them in their time of need.
We pray for our families and friends. (Pause)
Lord, protect them and look after them.
We pray for a spirit of charity among all the people of this land. (Pause)
Lord, at this time of national crisis, help the people of the United Kingdom to be generous, and to look out for and care for each other.
We lay our own prayers before you. (Pause)
Lord, hear my prayer.
We pray for our loved ones who have died. (Pause)
Lord, enfold them ever more closely in your loving embrace.
Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ.
The Lord’s Prayer
As our Saviour has taught us, so we pray:
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.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
Act of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present with us at all times.
I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally in bread and wine, come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you and unite myself wholly to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you. (adapted from a prayer of St Alphonsus de Ligouri)
Pause for silent prayer.
You know the anguish of the sorrowful,
You are attentive to the prayers of the humble.
Hear your people who cry out to you in their need,
And strengthen their hope in your lasting goodness;
Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen