Worship in a Time of Public Health Concern (COVID-19)
All public Masses/liturgies in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati have been suspended through May 3, 2020, and the faithful are dispensed from their obligation to attend Mass.
Guidance for Pastors and Parish Leaders
Worship and Sacraments in the Time of Public Health Concern
This document provides general guidance on the celebration of the liturgy and the sacraments in these unusual times.
NEW Mass Formulary: Mass in Time of Pandemic
The Holy See has released a new Mass formulary. The usual guidelines for the use of Masses for Various Needs and Occasions apply to this Mass. Note that the rubric at the beginning of the Mass indicates days when it may not be used; otherwise permission for its use is generous.
Additional Topics (posted as they are developed)
- Adult Initiation (RCIA)
- Assistance of Other Ministers (including music ministers)
- Palm Sunday and the Paschal Triduum
- Holy Communion Outside of Mass
- Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
- Music Suggestions
- Plenary Indulgences
- General Absolution (Sacrament of Reconciliation)
Worship & Sacraments Resource Roundtable – March 26
This gathering of nearly 60 liturgical ministers – priests, deacons, music ministers, RCIA coordinators, and others – touched on a variety of topics about worship and sacraments during this time of public health concern.
- Mon-Sat, 8am
- Sun, 11am
- !!NEW!! Misa en Espanol, Domingo, 9.30a
This resource from Liturgical Press will help families to pray at home during Holy Week. Use this in addition to, or if necessary in place of, viewing a livestream of the liturgy of the day.
Other Liturgical Resources
Since you are unable to receive Holy Communion during this time, you can make this prayer of Spiritual Communion, a source of grace in the midst of difficulty:
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. Amen.
A Prayer of Pope Francis to the Blessed Virgin Mary
O Mary, you shine continuously on our journey as a sign of salvation and hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick.
At the foot of the Cross you participated in Jesus’ pain,
with steadfast faith.
You, Salvation of the Roman People, know what we need.
We are certain that you will provide, so that,
as you did at Cana of Galilee,
joy and feasting might return after this moment of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform ourselves to the Father’s will
and to do what Jesus tells us:
He who took our sufferings upon Himself, and bore our sorrows to bring us,
through the Cross, to the joy of the Resurrection. Amen.