PRAYER RESOURCES


 Prayer Resources in the Absence of Mass

As was announced last week, all Masses in the Archdiocese of New York will be canceled for the time being due to continued concern surrounding the coronavirus, and at the advice of medical experts.

In light of these developments, members of the faithful may wish to observe Sunday as a day of prayer in the following ways:

1. Mass will be celebrated in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, and will be available on many cable systems via the Catholic Faith Network and its website, livestreamed on the Saint Patrick’s Cathedral website, and broadcast on radio on The Catholic Channel of Sirius XM (Channel 129).

2. Act of Spiritual Communion: It has long been a Catholic understanding that when circumstances prevent one from receiving Holy Communion, it is possible to make an Act of Spiritual Communion, which is a source of grace. Spiritual Communion is an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament and lovingly embrace him at a time or in circumstances when one cannot receive Him in sacramental Communion. The most common reason for making an Act of Spiritual Communion is when a person cannot attend Mass. Acts of Spiritual Communion increase our desire to receive sacramental Communion and help us avoid the sins that would make us unable to receive Holy Communion worthily. Find out more about the beautiful Catholic practice of Spiritual Communion in this excellent article at the following link.

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 in my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive you sacramentally,

Come at least spiritually into my heart.

Amen.

Oración para la comunión espiritual

Creo, Jesús mío, que estás realmente presente en el Santísimo Sacramento del altar.

Te amo sobre todas las cosas y deseo ardientemente recibirte dentro de mi alma,

pero no pudiendo hacerlo sacramentalmente,

ven al menos espiritualmente a mi corazón.

Quédate conmigo y no permitas que me separe de ti.

3. Prayers of Praise: In addition to praying for communion with the Lord, it is also important to take time to offer God our praise. This can be done by celebrating the Liturgy of the Hours or through a Celebration of the Word service, which can be celebrated at home. The following publishers have graciously made these services available for free and online at the following links: 

Magnificat: 
www.magnificat.com/free 
www.magnificat.com/gratis (Spanish)

Magnificat Celebration of the Word Service: 
https://tinyurl.com/u3dzdyg

Give us this Day: 
https://giveusthisday.org/Digital 

The Word Among Us: 
https://wau.org/meditations 

4. Lastly, let us keep each other and our world in prayer during these challenging times. In addition to the Rosary and the Divine Mercy Chaplet, the following prayers asking for the intercession of Our Lady may be offered: 

Prayer to the Virgin Mary for Protection

O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.

We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.

At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain, with steadfast faith.

You, Our Lady of New York, know what we need.

We are certain that you will provide, so that,

as you did at Cana of Galilee,

joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.

Help us, Mother of Divine Love,

to conform ourselves to the Father’s will

and to do what Jesus tells us:

He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us, through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection.

Amen.

We seek refuge under your protection, O Holy Mother of God.

Do not despise our pleas – we who are put to the test – and deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.

Amen.




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