The COVID-19 virus has rocked the world and the Church in ways we never thought were possible. Schools, restaurants, office, and Churches have had to change their policies. In the Diocese of Raleigh, where EPIC Radio is based, Sunday Masses have been canceled and our bishop has dispensed the obligation for attending Mass on Sundays. In addition, if you are sick, please do not attend Mass even if your diocese still has Sunday Masses. If you are sick, your obligation is automatically dispensed.
Naturally, human beings have a natural desire for God and we celebrate Mass as a way to fulfill that desire, particularly by consuming our Lord in the Eucharist. With Masses being cancelled we may find it harder to fulfill that desire and may be looking for other ways to fill the gaping hole created by the lack of consuming the Eucharist.
Spiritual Communion during Mass
EPIC Radio, dioceses across the world, and other Catholic media organizations have been working hard to help out in this situation. One of the best ways to still witness the consecration of the Eucharist and hear the Word of the Lord is by watching Mass online or listening to Mass on the radio. You can hear Mass on the radio on these days and times:
– Sundays: 10am, 1pm, and 8:30pm
– Mondays – Saturdays: 1pm and 8:30pm
While communion is being distributed, you can pray the following prayer to partake in a Spiritual Communion.
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.
Then you can reflect on the importance of the Eucharist, the Scripture readings, and the Homily.
On EPIC Radio we are providing a Rosary Novena for this country and world because of the COVID-19 virus. Every night at 8pm, EPIC Radio is airing Relevant Radio’s ® Family Rosary Across America ® as they do a Rosary Novena for this cause! The Rosary is powerful and is easy. You can learn more about this daily broadcast of the Rosary by clicking here.
Eucharistic adoration is one of the most powerful forms of prayer. During Eucharistic adoration, we gaze upon our Lord and God present in the Sacrament of the Eucharist. The Tyburn Convent, London, England offers a live stream of their adoration Chapel. You can watch it below (just click the play button). “What do you pray about during adoration?” Anything or nothing! Some people pray a Rosary, sometimes people journal about their current relationship with God, and others just sit there silently and gaze upon our Lord.
This situation is new to all of us and all of us have to adapt. We urge you to stay safe by not gathering in large groups and washing your hands frequently. Obey the instructions of your Bishop and pray for the Church and the world!