Dear Holy Trinity Parishioners!
Please forgive my tardiness in getting out information to all of you regarding our status at Holy Trinity.
Bishop Burbidge has asked us, along with all the parishes in Prince William, Loudoun, Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria to wait two more weeks before we consider having public Masses.
The Bishop is very aware of our desire for public Masses and reception of Jesus in Holy Communion. Therefore, he has extended the option to administer Holy Communion outside of Mass. Yes, Mass is the Holy Sacrifice of Christ re-presented in time. Yes, It is the greatest Action in history. We pray that we will soon be able to participate at Mass in person.
St. Maximilian Kolbe once remarked: If angels could be jealous of man, they would be for one reason: Holy Communion.
Beginning tomorrow, Saturday, May 16th we will offer Holy Communion within the Rite of Holy Communion Outside of Mass. Immediately following our 9:00am live streamed Mass each day, the priest will conduct a brief Holy Communion Service at the outside Adoration Chapel doors under the archway. Parishioners in the state of grace will be able to walk up to Father to receive Jesus in Holy Communion. You can then return to your car to make your thanksgiving after Holy Communion until Father gives the closing blessing. Examples of Thanksgiving Prayers after Holy Communion would be:
Soul of Christ: https://jesuitprayer.org/custom/cards/anima-christi.pdf
Litany of Humility: https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/devotions/litany-for-humility-391
Prayers of the Angel of Fatima to the shepherd children: http://www.fatimacentennial.com/fatima-prayers
As we have further access to Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist we are asked to consider the following reminders – for complete details please see the diocesan website www.arlingtondiocese.org and Bishop Burbidge’s announcement at http://www.arlingtondiocese.org/coronavirus/:
Dispensation from obligation to Sunday Mass remains for everyone
Those vulnerable are encouraged to avoid public gatherings
Those sick and/or coughing are asked to avoid liturgical celebrations
We are asked to maintain 6 foot distance between persons
10 person group limit (inside the church)
Face coverings are expected
Disinfecting one’s hands before receiving Holy Communion is expected
Each communicant has the right to receive Holy Communion in the manner he chooses – on the tongue or on the hand
The faithful are asked to prayerfully consider reception of Holy Communion in the hand
No one may receive Holy Communion while wearing gloves
Please know that it will be a joy to offer you Our Lord, really, truly and substantially present in the Holy Eucharist!
May our reception of Jesus increase our love for Him and His Church; increase our love for each other; and increase our peace and joy in these times.