For those occasions when we can't be in our churches, an act of Spiritual Communion can help us keep Christ at the centre of our lives as we worship and pray at home.
These are strange times – not just for Catholics. As we come out of lockdown, there are still restrictions in place in our churches to tackle the spread of COVID-19.
We long for the Blessed Sacrament, and for some of us, we will be able to share in the loving embrace of Jesus from Saturday, 4 July. However, we can still keep Christ at the centre of our lives even if we have to worship and pray at home.
An Act of Spiritual Communion can help us and the priests we see online celebrating Mass in empty Churches frequently encourage us to ask for Our Lord’s guidance by offering prayers like this one written by St. Alphonsus Liguori in the 18th century.
It seems particularly appropriate at this time.
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.