Spiritual Communion

Many are not able to go to Mass during this present worldwide crisis and the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday is being dispensed for those that are at high risk, which reminded me of something St. Teresa wrote to her nuns:

“When you do not receive communion and you do not attend Mass, you can make a spiritual communion, which is a most beneficial practice; by it, the love of God will be greatly impressed on you”. St. Teresa of Jesus (The Way of Perfection, Ch. 35)

Here is a spiritual communion prayer by St. Alphonsus Liguori:

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I desire to receive you into my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as if you have already come and unite myself wholly to you. Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.

Another good prayer for this time would also be the Sub Tuum Praesidium:

We fly to thy patronage, O holy Mother of God; despise not our petitions in our necessities, but deliver us always from all dangers, O glorious and blessed Virgin. Amen.

 

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