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The Mass

Masses will always be celebrated on consecrated altars, whether public worship can occur or not.

See the pattern of services, which includes streamed Masses. If you’re still isolating or public worship is suspended, you are encouraged to make a Spiritual Communion; a streamed Mass may help with that. Details of the coming week are shown in the calendar.

Masses will continue to be offered for the intentions of the faithful, and you can continue to request them. Clergy can only celebrate one mass per day when it’s in private, but as far as possible we will keep to the schedule shown in the calendar in the sidebar (or at the bottom of the page in the mobile version).

Although Mass is celebrated in a number of locations and streamed via several different routes, all the Divine Worship services are collected together on our video page. Do like/follow our Facebook page and subscribe to our YouTube channel so you get notified of them.

Spiritual Communion

The key to Spiritual Communion is to grow in your heart a constant desire for the Blessed Sacrament.

  1. If you are aware of serious or mortal sin, make an Act of Perfect Contrition.
  2. Imagine the sacred words and actions of the Mass, or watch online or on TV.
  3. Make all those acts of faith, humility, sorrow, adoration, love and desire that you usually express before Holy Communion.
  4. Desire, with earnest longing, to receive Our Lord, present — Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity — in the Blessed Sacrament.
  5. Say this prayer of St Alphonsus de Ligouri:

    My Jesus, I believe that Thou art present in the Blessed Sacrament.
    I love Thee above all things and I desire Thee in my soul.
    Since I cannot now receive Thee sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
    As though Thou wert already there, I embrace Thee and unite myself wholly to Thee;
    permit not that I should ever be separated from Thee. Amen.

  6. After moments of silent adoration make all those acts of faith, humility, love, thanksgiving and offering that you usually express through prayers after Holy Communion.

Act of Perfect Contrition

Through an Act of Perfect Contrition, you receive pardon for your sins outside of confession, even mortal sins, on condition that you determine to amend your life and make a firm resolution to go to sacramental confession as soon as this becomes possible for you: see below on the Sacrament of Penance.

Perfect contrition is a grace for God, so sincerely ask for this gift throughout the day prior to making your act of contrition: “My God, grant me perfect contrition for all my sins.”

  1. In your imagination, or in reality if possible, kneel at the foot of a crucifix and pray,

    Jesus, my God and my Saviour, in the midst of Thine Agony thou didst remember me, suffered for me and wished to wipe away my sins.

  2. Contrition is “perfect” if you repent of your sins because you love God and are sorry for offending him and causing the sufferings of Christ on the cross. Before the Crucified Christ, remember your sins and repent of them because they have brought our Lord to his Passion on the Cross. Promise him that, with his help, you will not sin again.
  3. Recite, slowly and sincerely, an act of contrition focused on the goodness of God and your love of Jesus:
    O my God, who art infinitely good, and always hatest sin, I beg pardon from my heart for all my offences against thee; I detest them and am heartily sorry for them, because they offend thy infinite goodness, and I firmly resolve, by the help of thy grace, never more to offend thee, and carefully to avoid the occasions of sin. O my God, I am very sorry that I have sinned against thee, because thou art so good, and I will not sin again. O my God, because you are so good, I am very sorry that I have sinned against you and by the help of your grace I will not sin again.
  4. Make a firm resolution to go sacramental confession as soon as practically possible.

The Sacrament of Penance

Confession is available in many churches, using the confessional where that helps with social distancing and avoidance of transmitting the virus. Please contact the clergy to ascertain times or make arrangements.

Visiting churches and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament

Many churches are open for private prayer, and even if Mass cannot be heard it’s now possible to visit them and be with Jesus in his Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament. Times organised by the Ordinariate are in the sidebar; diocesan parishes will have additional times. We’ve also been able to stream hours of adoration on Facebook (such as on 26 March and 3 April). Do like/follow our Facebook page so you get notified of these: while it’s not the same as being there, it can be a useful focus for prayer in your own home. We’ll also use this page and Facebook to post details of how our host churches are re-opening for public worship, when arrangements are finalised.

The Daily Office

The Offices will generally not be said publicly, but you can join in the Prayer of Church using the Offices published by Universalis or by the Church of England — these are licit forms of prayer and are very close to what is published in the Customary of Our Lady of Walsingham. However, the Anglican Calendar is different.

Universalis also has other offices through the day, which are linked at the top of the sidebar for easy access.

Morning Prayer: Universalis Book of Common Prayer
Mid-day Prayer: Universalis  
Evening Prayer: Universalis Book of Common Prayer
Night Prayer: Universalis Book of Common Prayer