When you cannot receive the Eucharist, whether you are far from a church, or no Mass is available, or – as is now the case – the Church has temporarily suspended public Masses for the health and safety of all, there are several prayers that you can use to ask for a “spiritual communion” with Jesus. Here is one of them:
O my God, I firmly believe that you are one God in three divine Persons. I believe that your divine Son became human and died for our sins, and that, at the Last Supper, he gave his followers bread and wine that he declared were truly his Body and Blood, and asked them to do this with one another “in remembrance of” him.
Lord, I truly wish that I could receive you in the Blessed Sacrament today, but since I cannot, I beg you to come to me. Nourish my heart and my soul.
I truly believe that you always wish to offer yourself to me and for me, and I accept the holy nourishment in the way that you give yourself to me today.
Thank you, Lord, for your presence in the Eucharist, and thank you today for your presence in my life. I always want and need the strength that you will give me today. Please be with me this day, and always, and allow me to be a sign of your love and mercy in the world today.
Bless all Creation with your love and mercy, and bless your Church with the eternal presence of the Holy Spirit.
Whenever we invite the Lord to care for us, to nourish us, and to be with us, if we do so in faith, we trust that – in his love – the Lord will come to us, give us his grace, and that he will abide in our hearts. We trust in God’s care for us, even in these difficult days.
Let us pray always for those families whose members are ill or who have loved ones who have died, and let us also pray in thanksgiving for those who care for and treat the ill. Pray to for all the members of the Church and for loved ones who are in need of reassurance that God never stops loving them and never stops forgiving them.