Act of Spiritual Communion

Spiritual Communion:

SPIRITUAL COMMUNION – when we receive “Spiritual Communion” we mean that if at any time we cannot receive the Sacrament of the Lord’s Body and Blood itself, then God gives us the graces of the Sacrament in answer to our real desire to receive them. It does not mean that we can get on just as well without receiving Holy Communion: it does mean that, if the opportunity of reception is denied to us, God will not withhold its blessings. So an “Act of Spiritual Communion” is the form of prayer in which we tell God that we should have liked to receive him in the Blessed Sacrament.

We  could prepare by reading the Scripture readings for the day and by making an act of contrition, before the live streamed Mass starts.  Then a prayer like this:

“In union, O Lord, with the faithful at every altar of your Churchwhereyour death and passion are-pleaded-before the Father, I desire to offer you praise and thanksgiving. I present to you my soul and body with the earnest wish that I may be united to you for ever: and since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, I ask you to come to me spiritually. I unite myself to you and embrace you with all the affection of my soul. Let nothing ever separate me from you: let me live and die in your love. Amen”.

Another prayer (especially apt at this time) could be:

“What will befall me this day? My God I do not know. All that I do know is that nothing can happen to me which you have not foreseen, permitted or ordained from all eternity. I adore your eternal and inscrutable designs. I submit to them with all my heart for love of you and whatever sacrifices I might have to make this day I unite with that of Jesus my divine Saviour: asking you in his Name, and by his infinite merits, for patience in all adversity. Amen”.

“O Saviour of the world who by your cross and precious blood has redeemed us; save us and help us, we humbly beseech you, O Lord. Most sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on us”