There are times when people are unable to receive the Body and Blood of Christ, through illness or due to their personal disposition. Even though some may not receive ‘sacramental’ Communion, all are united in some way by the Holy Spirit. The traditional idea of ‘spiritual’ Communion is an important one to remember and reaffirm. A deep spiritual communion is
possible even when we do not share together the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Christ.
(cf. Celebrating the Mass 212)
Spiritual Communion is a devotion that developed for occasions when a person would like to receive communion but did not have access.
In this COVID19 time it can be a helpful way of uniting us to the many Masses that are being celebrated around the world and viewed on camera.
We cannot take part in communion but we can unite ourselves with the presence of Jesus who is always with us…….there are different expressions of this way of praying and uniting ourselves, here is one:
- Lord Jesus, I believe that you are the Bread of Life.
At this time I long to receive you gathered with my brothers and sisters at the table you have prepared.
Since I cannot at this moment receive you in the sacrament of Holy Communion,
I ask you to feed me with the manna of your Holy Spirit and nourish me with your Holy presence.
May your abiding presence unite me wholly to you in faith and love.
Keep me always in your Holy presence through the power of your Holy Spirit dwelling in me.
2. My Jesus,
I believe that you are present in this Holy Sacrament of the altar.
I love you above all things and I passionately desire to receive you into my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
come spiritually into my soul so that I may unite myself wholly to you now and forever.
— based on a prayer of St Alphonsus Liguori