What Is A Spiritual Communion & How Can One Recieve Communion Spiritually?

What Is A Spiritual Communion & How Can One Recieve Communion Spiritually?


Many Catholics may not have heard about Spiritual Communion, and thereby do not know what it is and how they can recieve Communion spiritually.

A spiritual Communion is made when we fervently desire to receive Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and then lovingly embrace Him as if we had actually done so. This can be done at Mass when for some reason we are not able to receive the Sacrament or at any time during the day. It is especially recommended when we visit Jesus in the tabernacle or at Eucharistic adoration.

The union with Jesus himself, through the spiritual communion, is so real and tangible that one could hardly see nor distinguish the difference between the sacramental communion and the spiritual communion, as far as being united with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Of course, the sacramental communion has the merit that our souls are nurished by the flesh and blood of Jesus, the same flesh and blood that any other person around the world is eating and drinking during the Holy Eucharist.

This physical feed of the souls and body of humans permits the connection of every member of the Body of Christ with each other and all together with Jesus Himself. This jointly union is vital for the vibrant life of the Body of Christ, hence the Church.

The spiritual communion is a more personal, unique in this sacred moment, union between oneself with Jesus. An embrace that is so memorable, that one would want to and do have it several times a day.

In his encyclical letter, Ecclesia de Eucharistia, Saint Pope John Paul II wrote:

In the Eucharist, “unlike any other sacrament, the mystery [of communion] is so perfect that it brings us to the heights of every good thing: Here is the ultimate goal of every human desire, because here we attain God and God joins himself to us in the most perfect union.” Precisely for this reason it is good to cultivate in our hearts a constant desire for the sacrament of the Eucharist.

This was the origin of the practice of “spiritual communion,” which has happily been established in the Church for centuries and recommended by saints who were masters of the spiritual life.

St. Teresa of Jesus wrote: “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” [The Way of Perfection, Ch. 35.].1

Regarding prayers for spiritual communion, this “Act of Spiritual Communion” is found in the Sacred Apostolic Penitentiary’s Enchiridion of Indulgences:

My Jesus, I believe that you are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I long for you in my soul. Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though you have already come, I embrace you and unite myself entirely to you; never permit me to be separated from you. Amen.

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