As more Catholics around the world find are unable to receive the Eucharist due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pope Francis has given an example of a spiritual communion prayer that can be said from home…

My Lord Jesus Christ, who, for the love which you bear for us, and remain night and day in the Blessed Sacrament full of compassion and of love, awaiting, calling, and welcoming all who come to visit you: I believe that you are present in the Sacrament of the Altar: I adore you from the abyss of my nothingness, and I thank you for all the graces which you have bestowed upon me, and in particular for having given me yourself in this Sacrament, for having given me your most holy mother Mary for my advocate, and for having called me to visit you in my mind present in my parish church.

I now salute your most loving heart and this for three ends: In thanksgiving for this great gift. To make amends to you for all the outrages which you receive in this Sacrament from all your enemies. I intend by asking you to come into my heart also to adore you in all the places on Earth where you are least revered and loved and the most abandoned.

My Jesus I love you with my whole heart. I grieve for having hitherto so many times offended Your infinite goodness. I purpose by your grace never more to offend you for the time to come; and now, miserable and unworthy though I be, I consecrate myself to you without reserve; I give you and renounce my entire will, my affections, my desires, and all that I possess. From henceforward dispose of me and of all that I have as you please.

All that I ask of you and desire is your holy love, final perseverance, and the perfect accomplishment of your will. I recommend to you the souls in purgatory; but especially those who had the greatest devotion to the Most Blessed Sacrament and to the Most Blessed Virgin Mary. I also recommend to you all poor sinners and those who are suffering from illness and disease and are fearful.

Finally, my dear Saviour, I unite all my affections with the affections of your most loving heart; and I offer them, thus united, to our Eternal Father, and beseech him in your name, in love of you, to accept and grant them. Amen.

My Jesus, I believe, that you are truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I love you above all things, and I desire to possess you within my soul. Since I am unable now to receive you sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace you as being already there, and unite myself wholly to you; never permit me to be separated from you.

 

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