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When Jesus entered Peter’s house, he saw his mother-in-law lying sick with a fever.  He touched her hand, and the fever left her, and she rose and began to serve him. That evening they brought to him many who were oppressed by demons, and he cast out the spirits with a word and healed all who were sick.  This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: ‘He took our illnesses and bore our diseases’. Matthew 8:14-17


Spiritual Communion

There are times when people are unable to receive the Body and Blood of Christ, through illness or due to their personal disposition. Even though some may not receive ‘sacramental’ Communion, all are united in some way by the Holy Spirit.

The traditional idea of ‘spiritual’ Communion is an important one to remember and reaffirm.

A deep spiritual communion is possible even when we do not share together the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ.  (cf. Celebrating the Mass 212)


My Jesus, I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar. I love you above all things  and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever.


Based on a prayer of St Alphonsus Liguori

General Prayer for Health

Christ be with me,

Christ within me, 

Christ behind me,

Christ before me,

Christ beside me,

Christ to win me, 

Christ to comfort and restore me,

Christ beneath me, Christ above me, 

Christ in quiet,

Christ in danger,

Christ in hearts of all that love me, 

Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.

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 Prayer for those in Authority

Loving God, in Christ Jesus, the servant of all, 

you call us to the service of others.

Grant to those who govern the community 

the skill to recognise its urgent needs and

the strength to pursue the common good. 

Endow us all with patience and courage, 

that we may care for the suffering, 

feed the hungry, shelter the homeless,

and sustain the needy. 

Through Christ our Lord.


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Prayer for Health Staff

Wondrous God, author of life, 

you fashioned us in your likeness 

and breathed into us the life

which is your own.

Be with those whose special care

is the health of mind and body.

Fill their hearts with awe for the life

which is your gift and sustain them

daily in your service, 

that their hands may bring to others 

the comfort of your healing touch. 

Through Christ our Lord.


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Prayer for those Affected

Merciful God, come to the help of your people.

Be our shelter in this time of peril

and strengthen the bonds of our community.

Bring healing to all who suffer the ravages

of disease and assist those whose skill and art

can put an end to this affliction.

Through Christ our Lord.


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Pray as you go offers a unique opportunity for guided prayer.

They have further resources being made available in the

coming days and weeks.

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