An Act of Spiritual Communion

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Eucharist in Fruit Wreath - by HEEM, Jan Davidsz. de - from Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna


Any Devout Person, may at any Hour, on any Day, Receive Christ in Spiritual Communion, Profitably and without Hindrance . . . . . . For as-often-as he Devoutly calls-to Mind, the Mystery and Passion of the Incarnate Christ, and is Inflamed-with Love for Him, he Communicates Mystically, and is Invisibly Refreshed.

Thomas Kempis


An Act of Spiritual Communion

by Saint Alphonsus Liguori

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absenthu.gif (6897 bytes) As in all Visits-to the Most Blessed Sacrament, a Spiritual Communion is 'Recommended'; it will be well, to-Explain what it is, and the Breat Advantages, which Result-from its Practice. A Spiritual Communion, according-to Saint Thomas, consists-in an Ardent Desire to-Receive Jesus, in the Most Holy Sacrament, and in Lovingly Embracing Him, as-if we had actually 'Received' Him.

How Pleasing these Spiritual Communions are to God; and the many Graces which He 'Bestows' through their Means, was Manifested-by Our Lord Himself, to Sister-Paula-Maresca, the Foundress-of the Convent-of Saint-Catherine-of-Sienna, in Naples, when (as it is related-in her life) He showed her Two (2) Precious Vessels, the One of-Gold, the Other of-Silver. He then told her that in the Gold Vessel, He 'Preserved' her Sacramental Communions, and in the Silver one, her Spiritual Communions. He also told Blessed-Jane-of-the-Cross, that each-Time that she Communicated Spiritually, she 'Received' a Grace-of the same-kind, as the one that she 'Received' when she really-Communicated. Above all, it will Suffice-for us to-Know, that the Holy-Council-of-Trent (Session 13, C. 8), Greatly 'Praises' Spiritual Communions, and 'Encourages' the Faithful to-Practice them.

All those, who Desire-to Advance-in the Love-of Jesus Christ, are Exhorted-to make a Spiritual Communion at-least Once, in every Visit that they Pay-to the Most Blessed Sacrament, and at every Mass that they Hear; and it would even be better, on these Occasions, to-Repeat the Communions Three (3) Times, that is to say, at the Beginning, in the Middle, and at the End. This Devotion is far-more Profitable, than some Suppose, and at the same-Time, nothing can be Easier to-Practice. The above-named Blessed-Jane-of-the-Cross used to-Say, that a Spiritual Communion can be-made, without anyone Remarking-on it, without Fasting, without the Permission-of our Director, and that we can make it, at any-Time we Please; an Act-of-Love, does all.


Act of Spiritual Communion

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My Jesus, I Believe that Thou art Present-in the Blessed Sacrament. I Love Thee above all things, and I Desire Thee in my Soul. Since I cannot now Receive Thee Sacramentally, come at least Spiritually, into my Heart. As though Thou wert already there, I Embrace Thee and Unite myself Wholly to-Thee; Permit not that I should ever be Separated-from Thee.