This coming Sunday we will be celebrating Palm Sunday. Yet, sadly due to the fact that many areas of the world are continuing the practice of social distancing (not congregating in groups of more than ten people and having to remain a safe distance from others, at least 5-6 feet), many are still unable to attend the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass or receive the Sacraments due to restrictions placed on us by both governments and the Church as a result of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Not being able to gather as a community in your particular parish church for Mass is spiritually very painful for faithful Catholics throughout the world. Not being able to receive Holy Communion, the Most Precious Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, increases that spiritual pain.
Unfortunately, COVID-19 forces us to do church in a different way. That this is just a temporary situation, until the governmental authorities in your particular region lift restrictions about public gatherings in groups, gives us hope as we learn to do and to be church in another way.
As a result, I once again provide for you in the image above a Spiritual Communion prayer not only for Sundays, but which can also be prayed each and every day of the week. Also, since this is Palm Sunday, why not decorate the outside of your house with some greenery, so that we may interiorly feel that we are participating in a fuller way celebrating our Lord’s entrance into Jerusalem, proclaiming from the very depths of our hearts –
“Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the kingdom of our father David that is to come! Hosanna in the highest!” (Mark 11:9-10)
For those who have the availability of watching the Mass on Television or the Internet, some of the available options are:
On the internet (world-wide web)
- Vatican News Live Stream of Pope Francis’ Masses
Eastern Church Resources (online)
- https://www.stmaron.org (Eparchy of St, Maron of Brooklyn)
- http://www.ololc.org (Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Catholic)
- http://www.romaniancatholic.org (Romanian Catholic Diocese Eparchy of St. George)
- https://chaldeanchurch.org/live-masses (Chaldean Diocese of St. Thomas the Apostle)
- Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
- The National Shrine of the Divine Mercy
Also, maybe your parish may have their own Facebook page in which they are live-streaming their Sunday Mass and placing it on their Facebook page. It is worth checking out.
- Diocesan Mass (televised and transmitted by your local diocese)
- Catholic TV
Note: the number listing for the TV stations listed above will vary based upon your particular cable provider and locality.
May the fullness of God’s peace and His many blessings fill your heart, mind and soul during this very difficult time, †