Coronavirus (COVID19)

Dom Ugo Coat of Arms Ⓒ 2015

13 March 2020

Dear brothers and sisters, supporters and friends of Saint Mary’s Hermitage,

Laudetur Iesus Christus,

It is extremely unusual that in this day and age we would find ourselves sequestered within our homes due to the worldwide pandemic of COVID19.

The whole of Italy (as with China) is now under quarantine and the celebration of Holy Mass has been suspended for the public as have all public gatherings.

At this time of national emergency we call upon everyone regardless of your faith or beliefs to pray for the nation of Italy and all of its people. This will be a particularly difficult time for those who are elderly, infirm or disabled, as they will feel even more isolated than before.

It is understandable that for many Catholics to be deprived of the Sacrament of Mass and Holy Communion, will not only be unusual but for some it will be somewhat painful. We remain close to you with all of our hearts and minds and we will offer up your suffering on the altar every morning, and recall you within our prayers every day, seven times a day.

158410882228623015-1Rest assured that you are not forgotten, for the Hermit of Saint Bruno pray always for those who never pray; he prays for those who have done you wrong; he prays for those who sin every hour of every day in their lives; he prays for all sorts and conditions of men, no matter their colour, no matter their creed; he prays that God will remove doubt and scepticism from the world, and will open all human eyes to the way of faith and salvation. This is one of the main duties in the call of the Hermit of Saint Bruno. That the lives of men and women should become a continual prayer for him is an undoubtable fact; but even more than that — as lives of silence under exceptional circumstances.

At St. Mary’s Hermitage we say Holy Mass at 07:15 GMT  we ask you to join us at this time wherever you may be either by making a Spiritual Communion with the simple and humble prayer below or by reciting the Rosary:

.  Lord, as I cannot this day enjoy the happiness of assisting at the holy Mysteries, O my Saviour! I transport myself in spirit at the foot of Your altar; I unite with the Church, which by the hands of the priest, offers You Your adorable Son in the Holy Sacrifice; I offer myself with Him, by Him, and in His Name. I adore, I praise, and thank You, imploring Your mercy, invoking Your assistance, and presenting You with the homage I owe You as my Creator, the love due to You as my eternal Savior. Apply to my soul, I beseech You, O merciful Jesus, Your infinite merits; apply them also to those for whom I particularly wish to pray. I desire to communicate spiritually, that Your Blood may purify, Your Flesh strengthen, and Your Spirit sanctify me. May I never forget that You, my divine Redeemer, has died for me; may I be dead to all that is not You, so that hereafter I may live eternally with You.” . Amen.

You may also wish to do this by joining the Tyburn Nuns in the live adoration of Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament by clicking here. (

The Mass has always been celebrated daily by the hermit within the solitude at St. Mary’s Hermitage, whilst remaining apart from the outside world, yet always celebrating the  Eucharist for all of humanity and in association with people everywhere. 

The pandemic with which all of us are now faced, reinforces this call to live this special association: continuing his solemn celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass daily, the Hermit of Saint Bruno does this with all of you and for all of you, he offers his communion for those who are currently unable to attend or receive the Holy Eucharist Sacrament.

158410882228623015He prays that you do not allow yourselves to become downhearted or become devoid spiritually, it is particularly at this time that we need to reinforce our spiritual strengths and increase our efforts, not only for ourselves personally but for all of humanity. Strengthen your bond with our Lord and Saviour, know that he cares for you and suffers with you, and remember that he is always at your side even when you think that you are alone.

The Hermit of Saint Bruno would ask you to also join him at Vespers wherever you may be. Vespers at St. Mary’s Hermitage are celebrated every day at 14:45 GMT where  he will include the Litany of prayers attached below which we hope you will join saying with us at that time and for the salvation of all of Humanity during this pandemic.

Fr. Ugo-Maria extends his fraternal embrace and blessings to each and every one of you, and asks for the intercession of the Blessed ever Virgin Mary and of Saint Bruno Patron of St. Mary’s Hermitage to free all of us from this malevolent pestilence and return us to the joys and liberty of universal friendship.

Daniele Severino Lay Administrator

p.p. Fra. Ugo-Maria Ginex

Prayer after Vespers:

. For the sake of Your holy Mother, the Health of the Sick and Comforter of the Afflicted . Have mercy on the sick and afflicted

. For the sake of Your foster-father Saint Joseph, Patron of those who would die in peace with You . Have mercy on the sick and afflicted

. For the sake of Saint Thomas More, may world leaders,  politicians, statesmen and civil servants receive the guidance, wisdom and strength they require to help us overcome this pandemic . Have mercy on the sick and afflicted

. For the sake of Your servant Saint John of God, Patron of our hospitals and nurses, of clinics and dispensaries, of convalescent homes and health resorts, . Have mercy on the sick and afflicted

. For the sake of Your servant Saint Camillus of Lellis, Patron of the sick and of their nurses, of stretcher bearers, ambulance drivers and of others performing work of mercy under his invocation who in the long ago founded the first Red Cross nurses, . Have mercy on the sick and afflicted

. For the sake of Your servants St’s. Francis of Assissi and Catherine of Siena patron saints of Italy, Our Blessed Virgin Mary Lady of Sheshan and St. Francis Xavier patron saints of China, Saints George, Edmund the Martyr, Edward the Confessor and Michael the Archangel patron saints and protectors of England and the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus and Our Lady protectress of of all Europe . Have mercy on the sick and afflicted

. For the sake of Your Evangelist St. Luke, and of Your servants St. Pantaloon and St’s. Cosmas and Damian, St. Thallelaeus, St. Roch and St. Nicaretes, Patrons of doctors and surgeons, . Have mercy on the sick and afflicted

. May our Compassionate Savior be pleased to hear the intercessions of His friends whom piety invokes in illness or affliction, or to ward off accidents and calamities. That the sick everywhere may be aided by most efficacious intercession Our Lady of Lourdes, . Pray for them.

. That they may be assisted in desperate cases: St. Jude Thaddeus the Apostle, . Pray for them.

. That doctors, nurses, health care workers, social workers may labor zealously and efficiently: St. Agatha, St. Bernard of Menthon, . Pray for them.

. Against epidemics we pray: . St. Lucy, Protect them.

. Against plague and pestilence we pray: . St. Adrian, St. Cyprian, St. Sebastian, St. Roch, Protect them.

. That they may be assisted in desperate cases: St. Jude Thaddeus the Apostle, . Pray for them.

. That doctors, nurses, health care workers, social workers may labor zealously and efficiently: St. Agatha, St. Bernard of Menthon, . Pray for them.

. That, if it is God’s will, even though recovery may seem humanly impossible: . St. Rita of Cassia, pray for them.

. That all sufferers may draw closer to Jesus Christ Crucified, and unite their pains with His: . St. Francis of Assisi, St. Gemma Galgani, Ven. Katharine Emmerich, pray for them.

Let us pray. 

O God our Father, the Eternal Health of them that believe, Who does correct those whom You do love, and chastises every one whom You do receive, give greater faith and courage we beseech You, to all now visited by Your hand, that they may lose no moment of their affliction but rather receive humbly and thankfully the pains that draw them into closer union with the sacred, Passion of Your Son, the pains that warn them of the brevity of this temporal life and then of judgment, the pains that rebuke sin, the pains the bearing of which may be for them their eternal salvation. Help them to be patient, gentle toward those who minister to them, and resigned to Your most holy will whether for health or for eternal life. And if it be Your will to restore them to health, if they can serve Your glory better in health than in suffering, grant to us and to them the grace to be truly thankful. Through Your Son Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.  . Amen.

Gentle Jesus, who cured the sick and gave sight to the blind and did lay a healing hand on the incapacitated and torment, and asked for no payment in return but their love and their faith: look, we beseech You, upon this sick and poor world with eyes of special compassion. Hold them close to Your suffering Sacred Heart, and with them draw also to Your Heart all who would serve in Your stead as ministering angels — the Sisters of Bon Secours who have brought compassion, healing and liberation, Grey Nuns, Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Daughters of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul, Pallottine Missionary Sisters, Sisters of Mercy of the Holy Cross, of St. Joseph of Peace, of St. Francis of the Sacred Heart, of the Sorrowful Mother, of Providence, the Misericordia Brotherhood, Alexian Brothers, Brothers of St. John of God. Give them, as servants to the poor, the courage to continue in Your service, and doing well for Your glory, who gave up His in unspeakable pain and poverty that man might have immortal health and eternal riches. ℟. Amen.

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