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A spiritual communion prayer when you can’t attend Mass

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If you are not able to attend Mass on Sunday, you can still participate in it with a spiritual communion prayer.

It can be difficult for someone who is homebound, in quarantine, or in a hospital to miss Mass on Sunday. You greatly desire to receive Jesus in the Eucharist, but you are physically unable to attend Mass.

The good news is that people unable to receive the Eucharist can still participate in it by offering a prayer of “spiritual communion.” It is a way to express your heartfelt desire to be in union with God, while not able to receive him sacramentally at Mass.

Here is a brief prayer from the Golden Manual that reflects that desire and unites yourself to God in a special way.

O my divine Jesus, how great is my desire to receive your sacred body! Oh, come now into my soul, at least, by a spiritual communion! O Jesus, my divine Savior, save me. O my God, hiding myself with a humble confidence in your dear wounds, I give up my soul into your divine hands. Oh, receive it into the bosom of your mercy. Amen.

 

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