Because of the COVID-19 outbreak, religious sectors were prompted to look for alternative means of worship to avoid public contact.
For the Catholic Church, live streaming of Eucharistic masses were implemented for everyone to celebrate and worship the Divine Liturgy.
Therefore, to make our participation in online Masses more meaningful, Fr. Drans Nolasco, SDB, prepared these recommendations for us to follow:
1. Prepare an Altar
To set the tone, prepare an altar with a candle that is lit. Make sure that you are of proper disposition before beginning. Always be reminded to take three mindful deep breaths and focus.
2. Dress Appropriately
Though you’re only attending your mass at home, make sure you dress up properly. Just because you’re at home doesn’t mean you can wear your PJ’s. Be in your best Sunday’s dress.
3. Remove Distractions
This includes turning your mobile phones off, or in silent mode. It could also be putting all your gadgets aside.
4. Pray the Act of Spiritual Communion
Because there is an absence of the physical communion, you are advised to pray the Act of Spiritual Communion by heart. Make sure your heart understands it more than your mind.
ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION
I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament
I love You above all things
And I long for You in my soul
Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally,
Come at least spiritually into my heart
As though You have already come
I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You,
Never permit me to be separated from You, Amen.
5. Pray the Oratio Imperata
If the Oratio Imperata is not part of the mass, you are encouraged to pray it after the holy mass. Pray for everyone’s safety.
Reflect on how God is teaching us to love. With the global crisis we are facing today, may we all be reminded of how we have fallen short and reflect on our own actions.
Most of the time, we only realize the value of something only when we are deprived of it. With the suspension of the Holy Mass, may this also help us cultivate the yearning to actually receive Jesus in physical communion, soon. This, we could only pray for now.
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