Sunday, 22 March 2020

The Virus


So we are now in the situation when there are to be no public gatherings, though our Churches are to stay open. Different parishes do different things. Shepton, as usual, will be closed. If we have a rota for opening Cheddar, all well and good. The main doors of Wells will be open, though the glass doors will be shut. The Church in Glastonbury will be open. There will be no public celebrations of Holy Mass until further notice (unless Requiems - for small family gatherings only). There will be no gatherings of faithful in the Church (rosary/ adoration/ prayer groups).

The Bishops, in accordance with the provisions of the Church’s law, have lifted the obligation to hear Mass on Sundays and Holy Days. Dom Anselm and Dom Bede will continue to offer the Sacrifice of the Mass, but this is to be private. We offer the Coventual Mass at 7.30am so unite your prayers with us as we go up to the altar of God. 

So… St John Mary Vianney (the Curé of Ars) said “If we are deprived of Sacramental Communion, let us replace it, as far as we can, by spiritual communion, which we can make every moment; for we ought to have always a burning desire to receive the good God.”



  

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

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