An Act of Spiritual Communion

Settle yourself in a quiet place, maybe play some background music. Make a gesture (e.g. Sign of the Cross) and allow your attention to silently withdraw from external things and focus into the heart. This can be helped by breathing deeply and slowly into your heart, the centre of your being, or by repeating some gentle verses. For example:

+  O God, come to my aid; O Lord, make haste to help me.

Then call to mind any sins you have committed and make an act of contrition in words such as:

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God; have mercy on me, a sinner.

Then you may like to pray a collect and read a Bible passage concluding with a time of silence.     Then offer your own prayers ending with the Our Father

Now imagine Jesus, Mary or one of the saints coming to you in a gracious and kindly manner, holding out to you the Blessed sacrament. As you see them approach say:

Lord, I am not worthy to receive you,

But only say the word and I shall be healed.

Then make an act of Spiritual Communion in these or other words:

My Jesus, I believe that you are present in the Blessed Sacrament.

I love you above all things, and I desire you in my soul.

Since I cannot receive you now sacramentally,

come at least spiritually into my soul.

I embrace you as if you were already there and unite myself wholly with you.

Never permit me to be separated from you. Amen

As you imagine yourself receiving the bread of heaven, be still and rest in the love of God. Thank him for entering beneath the roof of your soul with words such as:

Soul of Christ sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me.

Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ wash me.

Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O good Jesus, hear me.

Within your wounds hide me. Suffer me not to be separated from you.

From the malicious Enemy defend me.

In the hour of my death call me and bid me come to you, that with your saints I may praise you for ever and ever. Amen.

Let us bless the Lord.  +  Thanks be to God.