June 14 marks Corpus Christi, the church’s Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ. That’s when Catholics pay special attention to how God is present in the Eucharist.

Because of the coronavirus, there will be no public procession in downtown Portland as in years past. And because safety requires only small groups, most Catholics will not be able to attend Mass on June 14.

A small prayer book issued recently by the Archdiocese of Portland can help families seeking to commemorate the solemnity in this strange year.

The “Parish Book of Eucharistic Devotions” from the archdiocese’s Office of Divine Worship offers 25 pages of prayers. The idea for the book came from parish leaders who said they wanted a resource to help deepen eucharistic devotion.

Several pages have full color Renaissance artworks that include the Last Supper and an image of St. Clare of Assisi using the Eucharist to keep her community safe from invaders.

Msgr. Gerard O’Connor, director of the Office of Divine Worship, assembled the book. He said it’s especially useful in eucharistic adoration chapels of the archdiocese, many of which are still open for one or two people at a time who can maintain a safe distance. Some parishes have moved adoration into their churches, which are larger.

Many parishes have all-day adoration at least once per week. Some keep up adoration around the clock.

Parishes can buy copies of the devotion book in bulk. It’s also available for free pdf download at archdpdx.org/divine-worship. The digital version works on computers, laptops and tablets.

Though published before the coronavirus hit, the book has two versions of a prayer for spiritual communion, to be said when the believer does not have access to the Eucharist. One of the two was written by St. Francis of Assisi.

Msgr. O’Connor said the pandemic shutdown has led many Oregon Catholics to yearn deeply for Communion and realize how stunning and important it is. He heard from one woman who said that when she can return to Mass she will attend daily, not weekly.

“God will make something good of this,” Msgr. O’Connor said. “I think devotion will grow.”

To order printed copies of the book, call Anne Marie Van Dyke at 503-233-8321.