Spiritual Communion

Spiritual Communion is the practice of desiring union with Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. It is a beautiful way to express to God our desire to be united with him when we are unable to complete that union in the reception of Holy Communion, particularly during this time of crisis when we are unable to gather for Mass.

Our Sunday obligation to attend Mass is now removed until further notice. Bishop Declan has decreed that the faithful may choose an alternative to attending Mass: Either watching Sunday Mass on line or TV, thus receiving Holy Communion spiritually or reflecting on the Sunday Liturgical Text (in the Missal), reading the Bible or saying the Rosary.

Below is a traditional prayer of spiritual communion that many saints have prayed over the years. The ultimate goal of our lives should be communion with God and an act of spiritual communion can help a person draw closer to that goal.

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.