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

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 22: 1-2, 9-13, 15-18
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 / The Fourth Sunday of Lent 

2 Chronicles 16: 14-16, 19-23                 

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.

28 March

Palm Sunday

Liturgy of the Palms

Mark 11.1-11

Psalm 118.1-2, 19-29

 

Liturgy of the Passion

Isaiah 50.4-9
Psalm 31.9-16
Philippians 2.5-11 
Mark 14.1 - 15.47

 

Almighty and everlasting God, who in your tender love towards the human race sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross: grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; 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.

29 March

Holy Monday

Isaiah 41.1-9

Psalm 36.5-11

Hebrews 9.11-15

John 12.1-11

 

 

 

Almighty and everlasting God, who in your tender love towards the

30 March

Holy Tuesday

Isaiah 49.1-7

Psalm 71.1-14

1 Corinthians 1.18-31

John 12.20-36

 

human race sent your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ to take upon him our flesh and to suffer death upon the cross: grant that we may follow the example of his patience and humility, and also be made partakers of his resurrection; 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 March

Holy Wednesday

Isaiah 50.4-9

Psalm 70

Hebrews 12.1-3

John 13.21-32

 

 

1 April

Maundy Thursday

Exodus 12.1-14

Psalm 116.9-end

1 Corinthians 11.23-26

John 13.1-17, 31-35

God our Father, you have invited us to share in the supper which your Son gave to his Church to proclaim his death until he comes: may he nourish us by his presence, and unite us in his love; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

 

2 April

Good Friday

Isaiah 52.13-53.12

Psalm 22

Hebrews 10.16-25

John 18 & 19

 

Almighty Father, look with mercy on this your family for which our Lord Jesus Christ was content to be betrayed and given up into the hands of sinners and to suffer death upon the cross; who is alive and glorified with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

3/4 April

Easter Vigil

Exodus 14: 10-end; 15.20,21

Psalm 114

Romans 6.3-11

Mark 16.1-8

 

Grant, Lord, that we who are baptized into the death of your Son our Saviour Jesus Christ may continually put to death our evil desires and be buried with him; and that through the grave and gate of death we may pass to our joyful resurrection; through his merits, who died and was buried and rose again for us, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

4 April

Easter Day

Acts 10.34-43

Psalm 118.1-2, 14-24

1 Corinthians 15.1-11

John 20.1-18

Lord of all life and power, who through the mighty resurrection of your Son overcame the old order of sin and death to make all things new in him: grant that we, being dead to sin and alive to you in Jesus Christ, may reign with him in glory; to whom with you and the Holy Spirit be praise and honour, glory and might, now and in all eternity.

 

11 April

Second Sunday of Easter

Acts 4.32-35 
Psalm 133 
1 John 1.1 - 2.2
John 20.19-31

Almighty Father, you have given your only Son to die for our sins and to rise again for our justification: grant us so to put away the leaven of malice and wickedness that we may always serve you in pureness of living and truth; through the merits of 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.

 

18 April

Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 3.12-19
Psalm 4     
1 John 3.1-7 
Luke 24.36b-48  

Almighty Father, who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples

with the sight of the risen Lord: give us such knowledge of his presence with us, that we may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life and serve you continually in righteousness and truth;

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.

 

25 April

Fourth Sunday of Easter

Acts 4.5-12
Psalm 23
1 John 3.16-24
John 10.11-18

Almighty God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the resurrection and the life: raise us, who trust in him, from the death of sin to the life of righteousness, that we may seek those things which are above, where he reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

 

2 May

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acts 8.26-40
Psalm 22.25-31
1 John 4.7-21 
John 15.1-8 

Almighty God, who through your only-begotten Son Jesus Christ

have overcome death and opened to us the gate of everlasting life: grant that, as by your grace going before us you put into our minds good desires, so by your continual help we may bring them to good effect; through Jesus Christ our risen Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

 

9 May

Sixth Sunday of Easter

Acts 10.44-48 
Psalm 98 
1 John 5.1-6 
John 15.9-17

God our redeemer, you have delivered us from the power of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of your Son: grant, that as by his death he has recalled us to life, so by his continual presence in us he may raise us to eternal joy; 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.

 

13 May

Ascension Day

Acts 1.1-11

Psalm 47

Ephesians 1.15-end

Luke 24.44-end

Grant, we pray, almighty God, that as we believe your only begotten Son our Lord Jesus Christ to have ascended into the heavens, so we in heart and mind may also ascend and with him continually dwell; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

 

16 May

Sunday after Ascension

Acts 1.15-17,21-26 
Psalm 1 
1 John 5.9-13
John 17.6-19 

O God the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: we beseech you, leave us not comfortless, but send your Holy Spirit to strengthen us and exalt us to the place where our Saviour Christ is gone before, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

 

23 May

Pentecost

Acts 2.1-21
Psalm 104.26-36,37
Romans 8.22-27
John 15.26-27;16.4b-15

 

God, who as at this time taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

 

30 May

Trinity Sunday

Isaiah 6.1-8
Psalm 29
Romans 8.12-17
John 3.1-17

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity and in the power of the divine majesty to worship the Unity: keep us steadfast in this faith, that we may evermore be defended from all adversities; 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.