How can you spiritually accompany Christ through this Holy Week?
+ Pray with the daily scripture readings, available at usccb.org.
+ Pray the Stations of the Cross:
Did you know that there are crosses, each one representing one of the Stations of the Cross, located outside the parking lot on top of the hill next to the Wiehle Avenue entrance? Eagle Scouts from our parish erected those crosses years ago, and other scouts worked to improve the path around the crosses. Weather permitting, you may visit the outdoor Stations of the Cross (please, no more than 10 and maintain social distancing for your safety). For a link to Meditations by Cardinal John Henry Newman, please click here – https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/library/short-meditations-on-the-stations-of-the-cross-4260
+ How Do I Make a Spiritual Communion?
Below is a recommendation for how to make a ‘spiritual communion’ when unable to participate in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The recommendations can be adapted based upon personal and family needs.
- Gather with others in your household and begin a time of prayer with the sign of the cross.
- Take time to read and reflect upon the readings from Sunday Mass. You can find the daily and Sunday readings at usccb.org and a Sunday Gospel reflection on our YouTube channel. Additionally, a weekly televised Sunday Mass is available to watch at adw.org/tvmass.
- Share prayer intentions quietly or aloud.
- Pray the Lord’s Prayer.
- Pray a prayer of spiritual communion – St. Alphonsus Liguori wrote a special prayer for spiritual communion: “My Jesus, I believe you are really here in the Blessed Sacrament. I love you more than anything in the world, and I hunger to receive you. But since I cannot receive Communion at this moment, feed my soul at least spiritually. I unite myself to you now as I do when I actually receive you.”
- Close with the sign of the cross.