Prayer for Spiritual Communion

Published on September 19, 2020

Spiritual Communion:

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.  This prayer may be recited with the intention of receiving Holy Communion when one cannot attend Mass and or when one is viewing Mass on the webcam

(cf. Celebrating the Mass 212)

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.


— based on a prayer of St Alphonsus Liguori