INTRODUCTION

This special post of the Catholic eBooks Project provides:

  1. A partial list of websites that live-stream or upload videos of the Holy Mass or Holy Qurbono/Qurbana or Divine Liturgy, alphabetically grouped under the several Rites the one true Church;
  2. Suggestions on other means of accessing Holy Mass online; and
  3. Resources on exceptional means of observing the Sunday obligation.

This index of resources is offered for the benefit of the faithful who live in areas where authorities have suspended public celebration of the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass due to the current pandemic, or who have themselves been quarantined, or who are otherwise unable to hear Holy Mass in person for just and grave reasons.

It must be stressed that hearing the Sacrifice of the Mass in person on the day of the Lord is ordinarily obligatory for all the faithful.* Therefore, Catholic Christians who live in places where Holy Mass is still offered but are thinking of suspending physical attendance therein are invited to discern, with prayer and the guidance of their shepherds and teachers, if they have just and grave cause to do so.**

Further suggestions and recommendations from our readers would be appreciated. God bless and keep us all.

*(On the Sunday obligation, see Canons 1247-1248 of the Code of Canon Law and Canon 881 of the Code of Canons of the Oriental Churches. See also the relevant essays on St. Mary’s Aggie Catholic Blog, Canon Law Made Easy, and In the Light of the Law, as well as the texts listed under the Project’s 12 February 2020 post. On watching Mass on TV, see this essay on Our Sunday Visitor, with the caveat that it seems to have a typo that mistakenly cites the Second rather than the Third Commandment as the basis for the obligation.)

**(Some criteria for discernment are offered by Dr. Edward Peters in his essay “Thoughts on the obligation to attend Mass during times of pestilence”. Please note that several bishops have given the faithful under their jurisdiction a dispensation from the obligation to physically attend Holy Mass.)

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I. WEBSITES THAT LIVE-STREAM OR UPLOAD HOLY MASS

Chaldean Catholic Church (East Syriac Rite) 

Latin Church

Roman Rite: Anglican Use

Roman Rite: Extraordinary Form

    • The Holy Mass is available:
      • On this page of Live Mass.net through live-stream, according to this schedule.
        • [Note: The website, maintained by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter, live-streams the Holy Mass from various locations. Sermons may be in English, French, or Spanish, the last without livestream but uploaded for on-demand viewing. Many thanks to Rorate Coeli for the link.]
      • On the Youtube channel of the Basilique Notre-Dame de Fribourg, where they are uploaded after they have been live-streamed on Live Mass.net.
      • On the various websites, Facebook pages and Youtube channels listed on the “List of churches with Live Video Stream of Mass” by the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales.
      • On the new St. Corona Project page of Live Mass.net, through live-stream, from various locations restricted to private Mass during the COVID-19 pandemic.
      • On the website, the Youtube channel, and the Facebook page of St. Mary of Pine Bluff, Wisconsin, USA, through live-stream, according to this schedule.
      • On the Youtube channel The Oratory, Birmingham through live-stream from the Oratory of Saint Philip Neri, Birmingham.
        • According to the notes to the 25 0900H March 2020 video: “We will be streaming Private Masses from our house chapel at 9am (Latin, EF) and 11am (English), the Rosary at 6pm and Vespers at 6pm on Sundays.”
      • On the Youtube channel Sacred Heart Church – Limerick – ICKSP, through live-stream from Sacred Heart Church, Limerick, Ireland (under the pastorate of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest).
        • According to the notes to the 22 0800H March 2020 video, the live streaming schedule (in Ireland time, which is GMT): Sunday: 8 am Low Mass, 10:30 am High Mass, 6:15 pm Vespers, 7 pm Low Mass; Monday to Thursday: 8 am Low Mass, 7 pm Low Mass followed by Adoration with prayers in time of an epidemic; Friday: 8 am Low Mass, 7 pm Low Mass followed by Stations of the Cross and prayers in time of an epidemic; Saturday: 8 am Low Mass, 12 noon Low Mass, 7 pm Adoration with prayers in time of an epidemic.

Roman Rite: Ordinary Form

Maronite Church (West Syriac Rite)

Melkite Greek Catholic Church (Byzantine Rite) 

Ruthenian Greek Catholic Church (Byzantine Rite)

Syro-Malabar Catholic Church (East Syriac Rite)

    • The Holy Mass/Qurbana is live streamed

Syro-Malankara Catholic Church (West Syriac Rite) 

Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (Byzantine Rite)

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II. OTHER MEANS OF ACCESSING HOLY MASS ONLINE

In case the faithful cannot accesss the websites above, they can search for the Holy Mass of the relevant day on Youtube, Facebook, Vimeo, &c., where many congregations upload or live-stream videos of the divine liturgy. They may use as a search term, for example, <Catholic Mass 15 March 2020> or <Mass 15 March 2020>, or they may specify the Rite or language of their choice. (They are advised, of course, to make sure that the liturgy they watch is indeed Catholic as many non-Catholics refer to their worship using the same terms.)

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III. EXCEPTIONAL MEANS OF SUNDAY OBSERVANCE

The law of the Latin Church (Canon 1246 §2) expressly recommends, when attendance at Holy Mass is impossible, participation in a liturgy of the word, or prayer alone, as a family, or in groups of families. We therefore post the following resources for the use of Latin/Roman Catholics, subject to the general laws of the Latin Church and the particular norms of dioceses, as well as the considerations pointed out in the Introduction of this post:

A. Text of the Divine Office / Liturgy of the Hours

For those who wish to pray, individually or in groups, the Divine Office or Liturgy of the Hours, its text may be accessed using the resources listed in our 03 August 2016 post ‘Apps & online texts of the Divine Office (Traditional & Modern) in the Roman Rite‘, which include the following:

  • The Liturgy of the Hours in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite is available in Latin and English at the website Universalis.
  • The Traditional Divine Office of the Roman Rite is available in Latin, English, Magyar (Hungarian), Italian, German), and Polish at Divinum Officium, which was created and designed by the late Laszlo Kiss (+2011), and is administered by The Divinum Officium Project. It may be accessed through PC or through mobile devices. The website also includes a section named Santa Missa, which contains the daily text of the Most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

Additional notes (for those who wish to pray with live-streamed or pre-recorded videos of the Divine Office):

B. Other Prayers

The Latin Church has a treasury of prayers that may be offered by the faithful on Sundays. The texts of various other prayers and meditations may be found under topics A to C in the Project’s page Prayers and Devotions, and in the Project’s posts under the category “Devotions“.

If the physical reception of Our Lord in Holy Communion is not possible, Spiritual Communion is recommended by many teachers.

Additional notes (for those who wish to pray with live-streamed or pre-recorded videos of prayers):

  • The Youtube channel Sacred Heart Church – Limerick – ICKSP, from Sacred Heart Church, Limerick, Ireland (under the pastorate of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest) will live-stream the following prayers according to this following schedule (in Ireland time, which is GMT):
    • Monday to Thursday: Adoration with prayers in time of an epidemic, after the 7 pm Low Mass
    • Friday: Stations of the Cross and prayers in time of an epidemic after the 7 pm Low Mass
    • Saturday: 7 pm Adoration with prayers in time of an epidemic
  • The website, the Youtube channel, and the Facebook page of St. Mary of Pine Bluff, Wisconsin, USA, live-streams the Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and the Benediction according to this schedule.
  • The Youtube channel of the Franciscans of the Immaculate. live-streams the observance of Holy Hour, which includes the praying of the Rosary.

C. Norms on Sunday Celebration in the Absence of a Priest

The norms (but not the text of prayers) for Sunday celebrations without a priest may be read in the following texts:

  • Directory for Sunday Celebrations in the Absence of a Priest, by the Sacred Congregation for the Sacraments and Divine Worship, June 2, 1988. Available on this page of the Catholic Liturgical Library.
  • Gathered in Steadfast Faith: Statement of the Bishops Committee on the Liturgy on Sunday Worship in the Absence of a Priest (1991). A resource for US Catholics. May be read online on this page of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.

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Posted after the declaration of the COVID-19 pandemic by the World Health Organisation. Updated on the 3rd Sunday of Lent, 15 March 2020, to add II and III. For online texts and legally free ebooks, you may access the List of Free eBooks (Arranged by Title) and the List of Free eBooks (Grouped by Subject) on the Catholic eBooks Project.

Eternal Father, by the Blood of Jesus have mercy; Thou who wouldest not the death of a sinner, but rather that he should be converted and live, grant us through Thy mercy time for penance; that, filled with contrition and penance for our sins, which are the cause of all our evils, we may live in the holy faith, hope, charity, and peace of our Lord Jesus Christ: and do thou, Mary, Refuge of sinners, pray to God and appease Him for us, and obtain for us the grace we ask. (Source: 1866 Raccolta)