Prayer for receiving Spiritual Communion 

The best way to receive Jesus Christ is in Holy Communion at Mass.  Yet for those times you cannot attend Mass and/or cannot receive Communion, you can still receive Jesus by making a Spiritual Communion in prayer.

St. Thomas Aquinas once defined a Spiritual Communion as “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament and in lovingly embracing Him as if we had actually received Him.”

Here is a prayer composed by St. Alphonsus Liguori in the 18th century that can be used in receiving Holy Communion spiritually:

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 were already there,

and unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You.

 Amen.