The Novena challenge does continue!
What to do? In areas where it is not possible to attend Mass at this time, connect through radio, television or the Internet and take spiritual communion. This is a way of communion, when one cannot physically receive the Holy Communion, but still receives the grace of Holy Communion spiritually. It is a beautiful way to express to God our desire to be united with him, when we are unable to complete that union with the reception of Holy Communion.
You can do it with this prayer:
"At Thy feet, O my Jesus, I prostrate myself and I offer Thee repentance of my contrite heart, which is humbled in its nothingness and in Thy holy presence. I adore Thee in the Sacrament of Thy love, the ineffable Eucharist. I desire to receive Thee into the poor dwelling that my heart offers Thee. While waiting for the happiness of sacramental communion, I wish to possess Thee in spirit. Come to me, O my Jesus, since I, for my part, am coming to Thee! May Thy love embrace my whole being in life and in death. I believe in Thee, I hope in Thee, I love Thee. Amen."
If necessary, make a confession before the spiritual communion, but if it is not possible, prepare yourself with a true and perfect sorrow.
What does Novena mean?
Jesus made twelve promises to St. Margaret Mary Alacoque in the 17th century. One of these was related to the Novena: “In the excess of the mercy of my Heart, I promise you that my all powerful love will grant to all those who will receive Communion on the First Fridays, for nine consecutive months, the grace of final repentance: they will not die in my displeasure, nor without receiving the sacraments; and my Heart will be their secure refuge in that last hour.”
So what shall we do? Let us receive the Holy Communion and if necessary, to confess before it on nine successive First Fridays from January 2020 onwards. Join us! April 3 – Novena Challenge Nr. 4!