Making Your Spiritual Communion During COVID-19
In extreme circumstances, the Church says one can make a "Spiritual Communion." But how does one do that? There are many ways to pause during the day and unite with the Lord when partaking in the Eucharist isn't possible. Here's what you can do alone or with your family.
1. Penitential Prayer:
Almighty and most merciful Father, we have erred and strayed from thy ways like lost sheep, we have followed too much the devices and desires of our own hearts, we have offended against thy holy laws, we have left undone those things which we ought to have done, and we have done those things which we ought not to have done. But thou, O Lord, have mercy upon us, spare thou those who confess their faults, restore thou those who are penitent, according to thy promises declared unto mankind in Christ Jesus our Lord; and grant, O most merciful Father, for his sake, that we may hereafter live a godly, righteous, and sober life, to the glory of thy holy Name. Amen.
The Almighty and merciful Lord grant me + absolution and remission of all my sins, true repentance, amendment of life, and the grace and consolation of his Holy Spirit. Amen.
2. Profession of Faith: Apostles' Creed
I believe in God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth; And in Jesus Christ his only Son our Lord; who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried. He descended into hell. The third day he rose again from the dead. He ascended into heaven, and sitteth on the right hand of God the Father almighty. From thence he shall come to judge the quick and the dead. I believe in the Holy Ghost, the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting. Amen.
3. Read from the readings for that day's Mass: Daily Mass Reading or on Sunday, the Propers of the Day
March 16-21, [Week of Lent 3]
March 23-28, [Week ofLent 4]
4. Pray the Our Father
You may wish to pray this beautiful prayer:
My Jesus, I believe that you are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I long for you in my soul. Since I cannot now receive you Sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though you have already come, I embrace you and unite myself entirely to you; never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.
Qualifications for Lay Reader is a love of the Word of God, a pleasant speaking voice and reasonable comfort in speaking before a crowd. Each Lay Reader is expected to prayerfully study and practice the assigned reading throughout the weeks before serving.