Coronavirus / Covid-19
There are a lot of understandable concerns about Coronavirus and how this affects the life of the Church. Until further notice, all public Masses have been cancelled, and following the Prime Minister’s address, the church will remain shut during the day. However, the Mass will not stop! Instead, Fr Alan will offer a private Mass each day, which will be live streamed on our Facebook page at fb.com/corpuschristimaidenlane
- 8am: Monday to Saturday
- 9:30am: Sundays
Cardinal Nichols has issued a Pastoral Letter, which can be read by clicking here.
Regarding the Obligation to be at Mass
Until further notice, all public Masses are being suspended and the Bishops of England and Wales have removed the Obligation to attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days until further notice.
Although you will be unable to be at Mass in person, you should continue to say your prayers, and spend some time on Sundays with the Lord. You will be able to live stream the private Masses on our Facebook page by visiting fb.com/corpuschristimaidenlane
It would be wise for each person to have their own Missal so that they can follow the prayers and readings at Mass, even from home. These can be ordered from CTS Books or simply download the Universalis app to your phone.
You will be unable to receive Sacramental Communion, but you can always make a Spiritual Communion from wherever you are, as often as you like. (words below).
In Spiritual Communion, we express our fervent desire to receive Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament and to be united with Him. The Church teaches that if you are in a State of Grace and make a Spiritual Communion, you will receive the fruits of the Sacrament.
A crisis such as this a call to more fervent prayer. Say the Rosary and call on the intercession of St Sebastian. Visit our dedicated page on prayers for this time by clicking here.
An Act of Spiritual Communion
When we are unable to receive Holy Communion, and indeed many times in the day, we may make a Spiritual Communion by turning to our Lord and desiring to be united to Him. The real solid value, in God’s eyes, of holy desires in general, is not half understood by us; they could so easily be nourished and yet are so rarely encouraged in our inner life. Much more will the desire of Holy Communion give God honour, as it makes our hearts so like His own. Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque once said to her Divine Spouse, “My most loving Jesus, I wish to be consumed with the desire of You and since I cannot receive You today I will not cease to desire You” – to which our Lord answered: “I take so much pleasure in being desired, that as many times as the heart forms this desire, so often do I look upon it lovingly to attract it to Myself.” Let us often give this pleasure to our merciful Saviour, that we may reap from it the sweet fruit that He promises.
My Jesus, I most firmly believe that You are really present in the Blessed Sacrament. I place my whole confidence in You, and I love You above all things. Oh that I had never offended You! I ardently desire to be united to You, my loving Saviour, and never to be separated from You. What have I in heaven, and besides You what do I desire upon earth! Veni, Domine Jesu!