When Mass cannot be said publicly

Gathering together to celebrate Mass is the heartbeat of our life as Christians, and at this time when public worship is suspended it feels as if our world is turned upside down. In these difficult times when so many of the familiar patterns of life are removed from us we turn to God and rely on his mercy and loving compassion for us all.

 

This sheet is to help you pray along at the same time the Mass is being celebrated on your behalf in church each day at 12noon. We can unite ourselves to these celebrations by joining in prayer and making an act of Spiritual Communion at the point in the service when you would wish you could be receiving Holy Communion yourself, uniting your heart to the heart of Jesus in the Eucharist.  

 

As our pattern of life changes, we should endeavour to keep a pattern of prayer and praise in our days, until we’re able to come together as a church family once again. In the meantime please be assured I carry you in my heart to the altar.

 

Introduction

 

You might find it helpful to have a space as a focus for your prayer. This might include a crucifix, icon or other holy image, and a lighted candle.

 

The Regina Coeli

 

In St Stephen’s we’ll begin the 12 noon Mass with the Regina Coeli, a prayer that celebrates the incarnation of Christ and which is traditionally recited in the early morning, at midday and at 6pm.

 

Joy to thee, O Queen of heaven, alleluia!

He whom thou wast meet to bear, alleluia!

As he promised has arisen, alleluia!

Pour for us to God thy prayer, alleluia!

 

Rejoice and be glad O Virgin Mary, alleluia!

For the Lord is risen indeed, alleluia!

 

Let us pray

 

O God, who by the Resurrection of thy Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, didst vouchsafe to give joy to the whole world: grant we beseech thee, that assisted by the prayers of his mother, the Virgin Mary, we may obtain the joys of everlasting life; through the same Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

 

Sign of the Cross

 

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

 

Penitence

 

Before listening to the Word of God take a moment to reflect. For what am I grateful to God for today? Where did I stray from God: through words, actions or things I did not do. How might I do better tomorrow? What grace do I ask from God in order to live more closely in his love. You may wish to conclude by saying:

Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

 

The Word of God

 

The readings for the Mass of the Day can be found online at Universalis https://universalis.com/mass.htm either read all the texts or choose just to read the Gospel of the Day. If you can’t access these, or if time is short you could use these readings:

 

Psalm 117(118) 13-15, 22-24

 

I was thrust down, thrust down and falling, but the Lord was my helper. The Lord is my strength and my song; he was my saviour. There are shouts of joy and victory in the tents of the just. The stone which the builders rejected has become the corner stone. This is the work of the Lord, a marvel in our eyes. This day was made by the Lord; we rejoice and are glad.

 

Gospel, John 20.19-23

 

On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the doors being locked where the disciples were for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord. Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” And when he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you withhold forgiveness from any, it is withheld.”

 

Silent reflection

 

Pause for a moment of silent reflection.

 

Prayers Intercessions

 

If the following intercessions are said with others you may wish to conclude each one with the response:

Lord, in your mercy. Hear our prayer.

 

That our risen Saviour may fill us with the joy of his glorious and life-giving resurrection,

helping us to place our fears in the perspective of his kingdom:

 

That those who lead the nations and shape national policies may be granted the gifts of wisdom and discernment:

 

That he may reveal the light of his presence to the sick, the weak and the dying,

to comfort and strengthen them:

 

That, according to his promises, all who have died in the faith of the resurrection may be raised on the last day:

 

Let us commend the world, in which Christ rose from the dead, to the mercy and protection of God.

 

Our Father…

 

An Act of Spiritual Communion

 

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar.

I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.

Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,

come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever. Amen.

 

Conclusion

 

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

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