spiritual communion

Can’t receive the Eucharist? Here’s how to make a spiritual communion

Saints often made an act of spiritual communion when they
couldn’t receive the Eucharist at Mass.

For various reasons we may be prevented from receiving the Eucharist at Mass. We may have
broken the one hour fast, be in a state of mortal sin, or we could even be homebound, unable to
leave our home to attend Mass.

In these cases the Church encourages us to make an act of “spiritual communion,” where we
unite ourselves to God through prayer. It is a beautiful way to express to God our desire to be
united with him when we are unable to complete that union in the reception of Holy

Countless saints incorporated this type of prayer into their daily lives, not being satisfied with
receiving Jesus in the Eucharist once a week or even once a day. Making an act of spiritual
communion for them was an essential part of life and drew them closer to God on a daily basis.

St. Josemaria Escriva encouraged everyone to make a spiritual communion as often as they
could, “What a source of grace there is in spiritual communion! Practice it frequently and you’ll
have greater presence of God and closer union with him in all your actions.”

Padre Pio also had a habit of making a spiritual communion throughout the day outside of the
celebration of Mass. He desired to be always united with Jesus Christ in everything he did.

Below is a traditional prayer of spiritual communion that many saints have prayed over the years.
It can be prayed if you find yourself at Mass unable to receive the Eucharist, or even in the midst
of your daily work, lifting up your thoughts to God.

The ultimate goal of our lives should be communion with God and an act of spiritual communion
can help a person draw closer to that goal.

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.