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An Act of Spiritual Communion

For use at home or in private

St John the Evangelist, Perry Barr

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:

Alleluia! Christ is risen.  He is risen indeed. Alleluia!

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

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, we have sinned against you and against our neighbour in thought and word and deed, through negligence, through weakness, through our own deliberate fault.  We are truly sorry and repent of all our sins.  For the sake of your Son Jesus Christ, who died for us, forgive us all that is past and grant that we may serve you in newness of life to the glory of your name.  Amen.

 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 lower down this page or find them printed out in full by clicking here.  Then say the Creed:

We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.  We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father;  through him all things were made.  For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven, was incarnate from the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary and was made man.  For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.  We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is worshipped and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.  We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.  We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.  We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.  Amen.

After the creed, offer your own prayers ending with the Lord’s Prayer.   Then take a few moments to turn your thoughts to Holy Communion, and how it is celebrated at the High Altar, particularly on a Sunday.  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   

The Service ends here

 Readings can be found in full here

 

Readings

Collects

19 April

The Second Sunday of Easter

Acts 2.14a,22-32
Psalm 16
1 Peter 1.3-9  
John 20.19-3

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.  Amen.

26 April

The Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 2.14, 36-41
Psalm 116.1-3, 10-17
1 Peter 1.17-23
Luke 24.13-35

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. Amen.

3 May

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

Acts 2.42-47
Psalm 23
1 Peter 2.19-25
John 10.1-10

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. Amen.

10 May

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acts 7.55-60
Psalm 31.1-5,15-16
1 Peter 2.2-10
John 14.1-14

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. Amen.

17 May

The Sixth Sunday of Easter
Acts 17.22-31
Psalm 66.7-18  
1 Peter 3.13-22
John 14.15-21

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. Amen.

21 May

Ascension

Acts 1.1-11
Psalm 93
Ephesians 1.15-23

Luke 24.44-53 

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. Amen.

24 May

Sunday after Ascension Day

Acts 1.6-14  
Psalm 68.1-10, 33-36
1 Peter 4.12-14; 5.6-11
John 17.1-11

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. Amen.

31 May

Pentecost

Whit Sunday

Acts 2.1-21
Psalm 104.25-35, 37
1 Corinthians 12.3b-13
John 20.19-23

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. Amen.

7 June

Trinity Sunday

Isaiah 40.12-17,27-31
Psalm 8
2 Corinthians 13.11-13
Matthew 28.16-20

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. Amen.