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





25 October

The Last Sunday after Trinity

Leviticus 19.1-2, 15-18

Psalm 1

1 Thessalonians 2.1-8

Matthew 22.34-46 

Blessed Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: help us so to hear them, to read, mark, learn and inwardly digest them that, through patience, and the comfort of your holy word, we may embrace and for ever hold fast the hope of  everlasting life, which you have given us in our Saviour Jesus Christ,

who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, now and for ever.

1 November

All Saints’ Sunday

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2 Esdras 2:42-48

Psalm 33

Hebrew 12: 18-24

Matthew 5: 1-12

Almighty God, you have knit together your elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of your Son Christ our Lord: grant us grace so to follow your blessed saints

in all virtuous and godly living that we may come to those inexpressible joys that you have prepared for those who truly love you; 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.

2 November

All Souls

Wisdom 3.1-9

Romans 5.5-11

John 6.37-40


Everlasting God, our maker and redeemer, grant us, with all the faithful departed, the sure benefits of your Son’s saving passion and glorious resurrection, that, in the last day, when you gather up all things in Christ, we may with them enjoy the fullness of your promises; 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.

8 November

Remembrance Sunday

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Wisdom 6:12-16

Psalm 70

1 Thessalonians: 14-end

Matthew 25:1-13

Lord of the nations, Saviour and judge of all: remove from human hearts all bitterness and hate, grant to those who have died in war your mercy and forgiveness and bring us all to the peace of your eternal Kingdom; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who suffered and died, and now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, world without end.

15 November

The Second Sunday

Before Advent

Zephaniah 1.7, 12-18

Psalm 90.1-8, 12

1 Thessalonians 5.1-11

Matthew 25.14-30

Heavenly Father, whose blessed Son was revealed to destroy the works of the devil and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life: grant that we, having this hope, may purify ourselves even as he is pure; that when he shall appear in power and great glory we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

22 November

Christ the King

Ezekiel 34.11-16, 20-24

Psalm 95.1-7

Ephesians 1.15-23

Matthew 25.31-46

Eternal Father, whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven that he might rule over all things as Lord and King: keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace, and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

29 November

The First Sunday in Advent

Isaiah 64.1-9

Psalm 80.1-7, 16-18

1 Corinthians 1.3-9

Mark 13.24-37

Almighty God, give us grace to cast away the works of darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ came to us in great humility;

that on the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you,

in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

6 December

The Second Sunday in Advent

Isaiah 40.1-11

Psalm 85.1-2, 8-13

2 Peter 3.8-15a

Mark 1.1-8

O Lord, raise up, we pray, your power and come among us, and with great might succour us; that whereas, through our sins and wickedness we are grievously hindered in running the race that is set before us, your bountiful grace and mercy may speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, to whom with you and the Holy Spirit, be honour and glory, now and for ever.

13 December

The Third Sunday in Advent

Isaiah 61.1-4, 8-11

Psalm 126

1 Thessalonians 5.16-24

John 1.6-8, 19-28

O Lord Jesus Christ, who at your first coming sent your messenger to prepare your way before you: grant that the ministers and stewards of your mysteries may likewise so prepare and make ready your way by turning the hearts of the disobedient to the wisdom of the just, that at your second coming to judge the world we may be found an acceptable people in your sight; for you are alive and reign with the Father in the unity of the

20 December

The Fourth Sunday in Advent

2 Samuel 7.1-11, 16

Luke 1.46-55 The Magnificat

Romans 16.25-27

Luke 1.26-38

God our redeemer, who prepared the Blessed Virgin Mary to be the mother of your Son; grant that, as she looked for his coming as our saviour, so we may be ready to greet him when he comes again as our judge; who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.