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There is an Act of Spiritual Communion below, or see the Weekly Newsletter.
An Act of Spiritual Communion
We believe in one holy, catholic and apostolic Church (Nicene Creed)
The word Catholic means universal. We believe that we are not just part of the church community where we live, but we are united with the Church Universal throughout time and eternity and Christ is ever-present with us. This is essential to remember, most especially when we find ourselves separated from the physical presence of our sisters and brothers in Christ.
An Act of Spiritual Communion is intended for those who cannot receive the Holy Sacrament due to unusual circumstances.
Whilst it is not intended to be used as common practice, neither is it make-believe: just as God is able to make him or herself present in the bread and wine, so he is able to make himself present in our hearts.
Pray, therefore, that you may be knit together with Christ and his Church.
Preparing for Worship
If this act of worship is being used during a medical crisis, it is essential that all NHS and government advice is followed, especially guidance on the numbers of people meeting and the limitations placed on physical contact, such as the sharing of the Peace.
If circumstances allow, it may be helpful to use the Act of Spiritual Communion at the same time as your church community normally gathers to offer the Holy Eucharist. You may like to set the scene by lighting a candle and placing it on a small table along with a cross or an icon.
If there is more than one person, consider dividing up the different parts of the service: leader, reader, intercessor etc.
The use of reflective music is appropriate,
as is the singing of hymns.
+ In the name of the Father,
and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
The Lord is here.
His Spirit is with us.
Prayer of Preparation
to whom all hearts are open,
all desires known,
and from whom no secrets are hidden:
cleanse the thoughts of our hearts
by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit,
that we may perfectly love you,
and worthily magnify your holy name;
through Christ our Lord.
Prayers of Penitence
As we prepare to celebrate the presence of Christ,
let us call to mind and confess our sins.
Most merciful God,
Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
we confess that we have sinned
in thought, word and deed.
We have not loved you with our whole heart.
We have not loved our neighbours as ourselves.
In your mercy
forgive what we have been,
help us to amend what we are,
and direct what we shall be;
that we may do justly, love mercy,
and walk humbly with you, our God.
Grant, we beseech you, merciful Lord,
to your faithful people pardon and peace,
that they may be cleansed from all their sins
and serve you with a quiet mind;
through Jesus Christ your Son our
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
This and the readings can be found by following the link to ‘Newsletter’
The Liturgy of the Word
You may read one or more of the readings for the week, if only one it should be-
Hear the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, according to N.
Glory to you, O Lord.
This is the Gospel of the Lord.
Praise to you, O Christ.
The Prayers of Intercession
These and other prayers may be offered.
Keep us, good Lord, under the shadow of your mercy in this time of uncertainty and distress. Sustain and support the anxious and fearful, and lift up all who are brought low; that we may rejoice in your comfort knowing that nothing can separate us from your love in Christ Jesus our Lord. Amen.
For those who are ill
Merciful God, we entrust to your unfailing and tender care, those who are ill or in pain, knowing that whenever danger threatens your everlasting arms are there to hold us safe. Comfort and heal them, and restore them to health and strength; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
For hospital staff and medical researchers
Gracious God, give skill, sympathy and resilience to all who are caring for the sick, and your wisdom to those searching for a cure. Strengthen them with your Spirit, that through their work many will be restored to health; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
From one who is ill or isolated
O God, help me to trust you, help me to know that you are with me, help me to believe that nothing can separate me from your love revealed in Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayers for when you cannot get to church
Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your disciples, ‘I am with you always’. Be with me today, as I offer myself to you. Hear my prayers for others and for myself, and keep me in your care. Amen.
The Liturgy of the Sacrament
Peace to this house from God our heavenly Father.
Peace to this house from his Son who is our peace.
Peace to this house from the Holy Spirit, the life-giver.
The Act of Spiritual Communion
Silence is kept.
in union with the faithful at every altar of your Church,
where your blessed body and blood are being offered to the Father,
I desire to offer you praise and thanksgiving.
I present to you my soul and body,
with the earnest wish that I may ever be united to you.
And since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.
I unite myself to you,
and embrace you with all the affections of my soul.
Let nothing ever separate me from you.
Let me live and die in your love.
May God the holy and undivided Trinity
preserve us in body, mind and spirit,
and bring us safe to that heavenly country
where peace and harmony reign;
and may the blessing of God almighty,
+ the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among us and remain with us always.