Spiritual Communion and Collects and readings for each week

An Act of Spiritual Communion, for use at home or in private

 

Find a quiet place. Play some music or sing a hymn to settle you then make the Sign of the Cross and allow your attention to silently withdraw from external things and focus into the heart.  You can do this by breathing deeply and slowly into your heart, the centre of your being.  Then when you are ready, say:

 O God, come to my aid; O Lord, make haste to help me.

Next, call to mind any sins you have committed and make an Act of Contrition in words such as:

 Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God; have mercy on me, a sinner.

Now imagine the priest saying the words of absolution:  May Almighty God forgive you your sins, in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Amen.    You may make the sign of the cross at this point.

Then pray the Collect for the Day (see below), and read the Scriptures concluding the Gospel with a time of silence.  You can find the readings for the next few weeks on the back of this sheet.  Then say the Creed and offer your own prayers ending with the Lord’s Prayer.

Now imagine Jesus, Mary or one of the saints coming to you in a gracious and kind manner, holding out to you the Blessed Sacrament.  As you see them approach, say:

Lord, I am not worthy to receive You, but only say the word and I shall be healed.

Then, make an Act of Spiritual Communion in these words:

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and 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.

As you imagine yourself receiving the Bread of Heaven, be still and rest in the love of God.  Thank Him for entering beneath the roof of your soul with these words:

Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O good Jesu, hear me.  Within your wounds hide me.  Suffer me not to be separated from you. From the malicious enemy defend me. In the hour of my death call me and bid me come to you, that with your Saints I may praise you, for ever and ever.  Amen.

After a short silence, finish with these words:

Almighty God, through Your Blessed Sacrament, keep me united with all my brothers and sisters throughout the church.  Bind us together in Word, Sacrament and Love, until we are reunited again in Your church.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with us all, evermore.  Amen. 

From Fr Barrie:

May Almighty God bless you, + Father, Son and Holy Spirit.   Amen   

 

Readings can be found in full here: https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/worship-texts-and-resources/common-worship/prayer-and-worship/worship-texts-and-resources/common-worship/churchs-year/lectionary

 

Readings

Collects

10 January

The Baptism of Christ

The First Sunday of Epiphany

Genesis 1.1-5 
Psalm 29 
Acts 19.1-7
Mark 1.4-11 

Eternal Father, who at the baptism of Jesus revealed him to be your Son, anointing him with the Holy Spirit: grant to us, who are born again by water and the Spirit, that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

17 January

The Second Sunday of Epiphany

1 Samuel 3.1-20
Psalm 139.1-5,12-17
Revelation 5.1-10
John 1.43-51

Almighty God, in Christ you make all things new: transform the poverty of our nature by the riches of your grace, and in the renewal of our lives make known your heavenly glory; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

24 January

The Third Sunday of Epiphany

Genesis 14.17-20
Psalm 128
Revelation 19.6-10
John 2.1-11

Almighty God, whose Son revealed in signs and miracles the wonder of your saving presence: renew your people with your heavenly grace, and in all our weakness sustain us by your mighty power; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

31 January

The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)

Malachi 3.1-5
Psalm 24.1-10
Hebrews 2.14-18
Luke 2.22-40

Almighty and ever-living God, clothed in majesty, whose beloved Son was this day presented in the Temple, in substance of our flesh: grant that we may be presented to you with pure and clean hearts, by your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

7 February

The Second Sunday Before Lent

Proverbs 8.1,22-31
Psalm 104.26-37
Colossians 1.15-20
John 1.1-14

Almighty God, you have created the heavens and the earth and made us in your own image: teach us to discern your hand in all your works and your likeness in all your children; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who with you and the Holy Spirit reigns supreme over all things, now and for ever.

14 February

Sunday Next before Lent

2 Kings 2.1-12
Psalm 50.1-6
2 Corinthians 4.3-6
Mark 9.2-9

Almighty Father, whose Son was revealed in majesty before he suffered death upon the cross: give us grace to perceive his glory, that we may be strengthened to suffer with him and be changed into his likeness, from glory to glory; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

17 February

Ash Wednesday

Joel 2.1-2,12-17
Psalm 51.1-18
2 Corinthians 5.20 - 6.10
Matthew 6.1-6,16-21

Almighty and everlasting God, you hate nothing that you have made and forgive the sins of all those who are penitent: create and make in us new and contrite hearts that we, worthily lamenting our sins and acknowledging our wretchedness, may receive from you, the God of all mercy, perfect remission and forgiveness; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

 

 

21 February

The First Sunday of Lent

Genesis 9.8-17
Psalm 25.1-10
1 Peter 3.18-22
Mark 1.9-15

Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ fasted forty days in the wilderness, and was tempted as we are, yet without sin: give us grace to discipline ourselves in obedience to your Spirit; and, as you know our weakness, so may we know your power to save; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

28 February

The Second Sunday of Lent

Genesis 17.1-7,15-16
Psalm 22.22-30
Romans 4.13-25
Mark 8.31-38

Almighty God, you show to those who are in error the light of your truth, that they may return to the way of righteousness: grant to all those who are admitted into the fellowship of Christ’s religion, that they may reject those things that are contrary to their profession, and follow all such things as are agreeable to the same; through our Lord Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

7 March

The Third Sunday of Lent

I Exodus 20.1-17 
Psalm 19
1 Corinthians 1.18-25
John 2.13-22  

Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ne God, now and for ever.

14 March

Mothering Sunday

Exodus 2.1-10
Psalm 127.1-4
2 Corinthians 1.3-7

Luke 2.33-35

God of compassion, whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary, shared the life of a home in Nazareth, and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself: strengthen us in our daily living that in joy and in sorrow we may know the power of your presence to bind together and to heal; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

21 March

The Fifth Sunday of Lent

Passiontide begins

Jeremiah 31.31-34
Psalm 51.1-12
Hebrews 5.5-10
John 12.20-33 

Most merciful God, who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ delivered and saved the world: grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross we may triumph in the power of his victory; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.