Hungarian Jesuit’s Online Offer During the Pandemic

Online Eucharist for Various Age Groups

Hungarian Jesuits have been offering a full-scale range of online Eucharist since the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic. When elaborating our broadcast plan, we focused on the various age groups, and developed our approach according to their special needs.

Thus two members in our Jesuit community in Miskolc, Northern Hungary, offer Youtube-masses every Sunday morning for families with little children. Since they serve as chaplains in our high school in the same town, a morning and evening prayer is also led by them and their pupils. An Eucharist for teenagers is celebrated by the Jesuit chaplain of our Firefly Community each Sunday, and it is from our Hungarian Jesuit community in Târgu Mureș/Marosvásárhely, Romania, where a daily mass is broadcast online for especially university students and other young adults.

Our “flagship” church, dedicated to the Sacred Heart in Budapest, offers its regular Eucharist online throughout the week, celebrated each day by another member of the community. The liturgy is constantly followed by at least as many or even more believers as normally attend the mass “offline”, providing a reassuring feedback on the decision to offer broadcast from the very beginning of the epidemic.

Online Port: Spiritual Direction and Support via Internet

The outbreak of Covid-19 epidemic gives a very special touch to this year’s lent period. It makes us halt, encourages everyone to revise their daily life and face their boundaries. All that is happening to us may cause a turmoil in our soul, existential questions may arise and we might also have uncertainties.

This has made the Hungarian Jesuits and their companions – religious and lay people alike –, trained at Ignatian Spiritual Center Manréza in Dobogókő, offer online spiritual direction and support for anyone who seeks to find God in these special circumstances, would find stillness or ask guidance for their prayers. In our , the dates and times available are listed in an online calendar; once you have registered to one of the spiritual guides, he or she will contact you in order to arrange how – via Skype, Zoom, Hangouts, etc. – the talk will take place.

This initiative goes hand in hand with a similar one offered by Oasis Pastoral Care and Mental Health Service, supported by the Hungarian Province of the Society of Jesus. Face-to-face counselling being unavailable amidst the epidemic, they also offer online opportunities to those who are in need of supportive listening, accompaniment and pastoral counselling.

Guidance for Praying at Home

Now, when the epidemic keeps everyone away from the church, and our home becomes the primary sanctuary, Hungarian Jesuits provide prayer sheets for individual use, for couples and for families, and also a guidance on how to attend an online holy mass. Guidance for examen and Pray-as-you-go like daily contemplations are also available.

Online Way of the Cross

Though living apart in various houses throughout the world, Hungarian Jesuits have formed a virtual community in order to set foot together on the Way of the Cross. Fourteen members of the Hungarian Province of the Society of Jesus, from their native country to Canada, from Romania to Italy, have chosen one station, and made an audio contemplation for each part. The online Jesuit prayer with the passion of Jesus will take place on Good Friday afternoon on Facebook and Youtube.

Online Interviews with Jesuits

How do you live your daily life in these special circumstances? What makes you joyful, and what challenges do you have to face? How can you find your ways for online pastoral care? These are the general questions that all the interviewees answer in our series of talks with Hungarian Jesuits. Broadcast on Facebook and Youtube twice a week, the members of our province, living and working in Hungary, Romania, Italy, Germany and Canada, give an insight into their service during the epidemic.

Frissítve: 2020. április 15.