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Catholic prayers for spiritual communion


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Philip Kosloski - published on 01/24/22

Invite God into your heart with these special prayers for spiritual communion.

While often prayed when an individual is unable to receive the Eucharist at Mass, prayers of spiritual communion can also be prayed whenever we want to invite God to dwell within our heart.

Here is a small collection of Catholic prayers for spiritual communion that you can use to enrich your spiritual life.

Short Prayer of Spiritual Communion

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.

A spiritual communion prayer when you can’t attend Mass

Long Prayer of Spiritual Communion

O my God, ocean of holy love and sweetness, come and give yourself to my soul. Grant that with a perfect heart, full desire, and burning affection, I may unceasingly desire after you, and lovingly rest in you. May I prefer you to every creature, for you renounce every transitory delight, O my true, my highest joy!

Feed me, Lord, a poor, famished beggar, with continual draughts of your love; refresh me with the wished-for presence of your grace. This I seek, this I long for, that a vehement love may penetrate me through and through, and fill me.

Grant, O most loving Redeemer, that I may be wholly inflamed with the love of you, that I may delight only in you. O overflowing abyss of divinity! Draw me to you, and immerse me in yourself; so seize and take to yourself all the affection of my heart. Amen.

Homebound? Here is a prayer of spiritual communion

Easy to Memorize Prayer of Spiritual Communion

I wish, my Lord, to receive you
with the purity, humility, and devotion
with which your most holy Mother received you,
with the spirit and fervor of the saints.

This Spiritual Communion prayer is the easiest to memorize

The Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from the side of Christ, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee
From the malignant enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That with Thy saints I may praise Thee
Forever and ever.

The Anima Christi is a perfect prayer of spiritual communion

Traditional Prayer of Spiritual Communion

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.

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Prayer of Union with the Mass

In union, dear Lord, with the priests at every altar of your Church, where your Blessed Body and Blood are being offered to the Father,
I desire to offer you praise and thanksgiving.
I present to you my soul and body,
with the earnest wish that I may be always united to you.
And since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
I ask you to come spiritually into my heart.
I unite myself to you, and embrace you with all the affections of my soul.
O let nothing ever separate you from me.
Let me live and die in your love. Amen.

Prayer of spiritual communion when at home

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