Liturgy and Prayer

What Should I do if I Can’t go to Mass?

Catholics are encouraged to make a ‘spiritual communion’. St. John Paul II writes that “it is good to cultivate in our hearts a constant desire for the sacrament of the Eucharist. This was the origin of the practice of ‘spiritual communion’, which has happily been established in the Church for centuries and recommended by saints who were masters of the spiritual life. Saint Teresa of Jesus wrote: ‘When you do not receive communion and you do not attend Mass, you can make a spiritual communion, which is a most beneficial practice; by it the love of God will be greatly impressed on you.’” (Ecclesia Eucharistia, no. 34) The faithful are also encouraged to watch streaming services from their local Parish, the local TV Sunday Mass or select from the links below to other streaming services.

How Do I Make a Spiritual Communion?

Below are recommendations for how to make a ‘spiritual communion’ when unable to participate in the Holy Sacrifice at the Divine Liturgy. The recommendations can be adapted based upon personal and family needs.

Gather with others in your household and begin a time of prayer with the sign of the cross.

Take time to read and reflect upon the readings from the Sunday Divine Liturgy. You can find the readings below. You may pray along with one of the services on our YouTube channel.

Share prayer intentions quietly or aloud.

Pray the Lord’s Prayer.

Pray one of the following prayers of spiritual communion.

Prayer for Spiritual Communion

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. Amen.

Духовне Святе Причастя

Мій Ісусе! Вірю, що Ти присутній у Пресвятій Тайні Євхаристії! Люблю Тебе над усе, і моя душа тужить за Тобою. Не можу зараз Тебе прийняти в Пресвятій Тайні Євхаристії, тому хоча б духовним чином прийди до мого серця! Обіймаю Тебе, неначе б Ти вже був у мені, і весь єднаюся з Тобою. Ісусе, моє найвище Добро й моя солодка Любове! Торкнись мого серця й запали його, щоб воно завжди палало любов’ю до Тебе.  Амінь.

Close with the sign of the cross.

Sunday March 29, 2020 – Fifth Sunday of the Great Fast, Mary of Egypt

  • Also commemorating our Venerable Father Mark, Bishop of Arethusa, the Deacon Cyril and Others Martyrs
  • Epistle reading Hebrews 9:11-14; Galatians 3:23-29
  • Gospel reading Mark 10:32-45; Luke 7:36-50

Prayer Support Group on Zoom – starting Tuesday March 31, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

  • If you are interested in participating in our new Prayer Support Group with Fr. Bohdan and Subdeacon Shawn send an email by Tuesday noon to register:

Поклони – Служба у четвер п’ятого тижня посту

Хресна Дорога

Sunday March 22, 2020 – Fourth Sunday of Lent, John Climacus

  • Epistle reading: Hebrews 6:13-20
  • Gospel reading: Mark 9:17-31
  • Homily: Fr. Peter Shumelda – listen in English.

22 БЕРЕЗЕНЬ 2020 – Неділя 4-та Великого посту.

  • Апостол – Євр. 6, 13-20.
  • Євангелія – Мр. 9, 17-31
  • Проповідь: О. Петро Шумелда – слухати Українською мовою

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