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ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION WHEN UNABLE TO RECEIVE EUCHARIST
In his encyclical, "Ecclesia de Eucharistia" ("A Eucharistic Church"), in April 2003, Pope St. John Paul II encouraged the practice of spiritual communion, “which has been a wonderful part of Catholic life for centuries and recommended by saints who were masters of the spiritual life.”
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI also encourages us to make spiritual communion when circumstances occur that prevent sacramental communion. "In such circumstances it is beneficial to cultivate a desire for full union with Christ through the practice of spiritual communion."
What is spiritual communion? St. Thomas Aquinas described it as “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the most holy sacrament and lovingly embrace him” at a time or in circumstances when we cannot receive him in sacramental communion.
Prayer of Spiritual Communion
My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Blessed Sacrament.
I love you above all things and I desire you with all my heart.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
I ask you come spiritually into my heart.
I embrace you as if you were already in my heart
and unite myself to you completely.
Please do not let me ever be separated from you.