The Virtual Cathedral
The current coronavirus pandemic means that the way in which we practice our faith in the world will change. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, in his letter to the Catholic Church in England and Wales said that we are to discover new ways in which we are able to sanctify the day:
“Knowing that the Mass is being celebrated; joining in spiritually in that celebration; watching the live-streaming of the Mass; following its prayers at home; making an act of spiritual communion: this is how we share in the Sacrifice of Christ in these days. These are the ways in which we will sanctify Sunday, and indeed every day”.
The purpose of the Virtual Cathedral is to aid participation in the liturgical and spiritual life of the Archdiocese. The celebration of Mass and other devotions will take place via live-streaming from here. More information is to follow.
Making a Virtual Visit to the Cathedral
Over a thousand people each week come through the doors of Cardiff Cathedral. It is a place of sanctuary and peace in the heart of the city of Cardiff. While, at the moment, it is not possible to visit the Cathedral, this section gives you the opportunity to make a virtual pilgrimage to the Cathedral, and offer prayers at the various shrines around the Cathedral.
Each day at 9.00 a.m., 12.00 p.m. & 6.00 p.m. the Angelus rings out from the Cathedral tower. The sound of the bell calls us to prayer, to pause for a moment in thanksgiving, as we call to mind the Annunciation and the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the world. The Angelus is prayed during Ordinary Time, during the Season of Easter it is replaced with the Regina Cæli.
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In the name of the Father, ✠ and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
V. The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary:
R. And she conceived by the Holy Spirit.
Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now, and at the hour of our death. Amen.
V. Behold the handmaid of the Lord:
R. Be it done unto me according to thy word.
V. And the Word was made flesh:
R. And dwelt amongst us.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God.
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
Pour forth, we beseech thee, O Lord, thy grace into our hearts, that we, to whom the Incarnation of Christ, thy Son, was made known by the message of an Angel, may by his Passion and Cross ✠ be brought to the glory of his Resurrection, through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
V. May the Divine assistance remain with us always.
R. And may the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
You can make an act of Spiritual Communion by praying the following prayer:
My Jesus, 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.
O Holy Mother of God;
Do not despise our petitions
in our necessities,
but deliver us always
from every danger,
O Glorious and Blessed Virgin.
Lord God, from You every family in Heaven and on earth takes its name.
Father, You are love and life. Through Your Son, Jesus Christ, born of woman, and through the Holy Spirit, the fountain of divine charity, grant that every family on earth may become for each successive generation a true shrine of life and love.
Grant that Your grace may guide the thoughts and actions of husbands and wives for the good of their families and of all the families in the world.
Grant that the young may find in the family solid support for their human dignity and for their growth in truth and love.
Grant that love, strengthened by the grace of the sacrament of marriage, may prove mightier than all the weaknesses and trials through which our families sometimes pass.
Through the intercession of the Holy Family of Nazareth, grant that the Church may fruitfully carry out her worldwide mission in the family and through the family.
We ask this of You, Who is life, truth and love with the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
You can listen to recordings of previous homilies on the Cathedral’s SoundCloud page. The latest homily is available here.
Other Prayers and Devotions
Below are links to various prayers and devotions: