Spiritual Communion - WikipediaPrayer and the sacraments nourish our Christian life. For this reason the Church earnestly recommends that the faithful dedicate specific times to prayer, to spontaneous and familiar conversation with God, awakening in their hearts attitudes of adoration, wonder, gratitude, petition, and contrition. Prayer should be the atmosphere that envelops every aspect of our daily life, from putting bread on the table to our other basic concerns such as love, work, health, friendship, suffering, and even current events that affect the nation, the world, and the Church. The Regnum Christi Movement offers its members this Prayer Book to help you to pray in the various circumstances of life, and to promote spiritual communion with Regnum Christi members worldwide. May it encourage you to personal, family, and team prayer, and may it spiritually enrich all Regnum Christi members.
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I ran across one many years ago, and I then ordered the same prayer on a laminated holy card from an online holy card vendor. I keep that card in my Missal and during the weekdays when I am not able to go to Holy Mass, I try to watch a live broadcast of the Traditional Mass over the Internet. And when the time for Communion comes, I recite the prayer which goes as follows:. 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.
Do you feel too busy to make time for our Lord? An Act of Spiritual Communion can help! No matter what your day is like, Jesus can help make it better, or at least more bearable, if you ask him for His help and guidance in prayers such as this one, composed by St. Alphonsus Liguori in the 18th century:. My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.
It is used as a preparation for Holy Mass and by individuals who cannot receive Holy Communion. He explained that practicing this constant desire for Jesus in the Eucharist is rooted in the ultimate perfection of Eucharistic communion, which is the ultimate goal of every human desire. Thus, the passionate desire for God , whom the saints have seen as the Sole Satisfier , and who in the Eucharist is the "summit and source of the Christian life", is at the root of this practice. The experience of St. I have such a thirst and hunger before receiving Him that it's a wonder I don't die of anxiety.
Then the Bishop says. Almighty God, we thank you that by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ you have overcome sin and brought us to yourself, and that by the sealing of your Holy Spirit you have bound us to your service. Renew in these your servants the covenant you made with them at their Baptism. Send them forth in the power of that Spirit to perform the service you set before them ; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. The Bishop lays hands upon each one and says. Strengthen, O Lord, your servant N. Defend, O Lord, your servant N.