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Making a Spiritual Communion

Spiritual Communion

We all are now experiencing what the sick and infirmed and those in remote areas of the world without a priest have often experienced:  not being able to receive Holy Communion.  In these times, we are encouraged to make what is known as a "spiritual Communion," an act of prayer expressing what was described by St. Thomas Aquinas as "an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament and in lovingly embracing Him."

For this prayer, one can use the text of another.   St Alphonsus Liguori, who died in 1787, composed the prayer you have heard us use in live streaming the Mass and on our web page:

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most holy Eucharist. 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.

  The Franciscan saint, Leonard of Port-Maurice wrote another prayer for spiritual communion:

“Come, Jesus, my Beloved, come within this my poor heart; come and satiate my desires; come and sanctify my soul; come, most sweet Jesus, come!”

 I came across another version that asks Blessed Mary to serve as a Eucharistic Minister:  

O Immaculate Queen of Heaven and Earth, Mother of God and Mediatrix of every grace: I believe that Thy dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, is truly, really, and substantially contained in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I love Him above all things and I long to receive Him into my heart. Since I cannot now receive Him sacramentally, be so good as to place Him spiritually in my soul.

O my Jesus, I embrace Thee as One who has already come, and I unite myself entirely to Thee. Never permit me to be separated from Thee. Amen.


This one was writen for children.

A Litany for Spiritual Communion

Leader:   Lord, bring us closer to you!

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!


Lord our God,
we wish we could gather today with our parish community,
but we gather here in our home out of love and concern for others.
You teach us that when two or three are gathered in your name,
you are there.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!


Christ Jesus, you are present in a special way
when bread and wine become your Body and Blood.
We so want to receive you in Holy Communion.

Since we cannot receive you in this way today,
We ask that you enter our hearts
so that we may receive you spiritually.
Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!


Lord our God,
watch over your family
and keep us safe in your care,
for all our hope is in you.

Together, we pray:

All: Lord, bring us closer to you!

Other saints and spiritual writers encourage us to use our own words for this prayer. You can simply ask the Lord with all your heart to come spiritually to you. However, it can help you follow these four steps:

  1. Make an act of faith: Express to the Lord your faith in His merciful love and in His real presence in the Eucharist
  2. Make an act of love: Tell the Lord that you love Him above all things
  3. Express your immense desire to receive the Lord
  4. Invite Jesus to come spiritually to your heart
  5. Thank the Lord for graces given: past, present and future

St. Theresa of Calcutta emphasized the important of making a spiritual communion when not able to receive the Eucharist.  She stated:   The graces received may be as great as -- or greater than -- those received by some people in the actual Sacrament. Though, of course, the Sacrament itself is inherently greater, our disposition toward the Sacrament affect whether and how we receive its fruits. For example, imagine a woman who is unable to be with her husband but who desires him as contrasted with a woman who has her husband's presence but doesn't care for him. Which husband would be more apt to pour out his love for his wife?

Let Jesus pour out his love for you.