Our Morning Offering – 22 March – Act of Spiritual Communion and A SPIRITUAL COMMUNION SERVICE Celebrated in the home
For those across the world who cannot attend Holy Mass today:
A SPIRITUAL COMMUNION SERVICE
Celebrated in the home
“If you practice the holy exercise
of Spiritual Communion,
a good many times each day,
within a month,
you will see yourself completely changed.”
St Leonard of Port Maurice OFM (1676-1751)
Act of Spiritual Communion
By St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787) Doctor of the Church
I believe that You art present
in the Blessed Sacrament.
I love You above all things
and I desire You in my soul.
Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally,
come at least, spiritually, into my heart.
As though You were already there,
I embrace You
and unite myself wholly to You,
permit not, that I should ever,
be separated from You.
Guidelines / Reminders while participating in Spiritual Communion
– Prepare a table with appropriate cover, candles and crucifix or images of saints.
– Dress up appropriately as if you are physically participating in the Holy Eucharist.
– Turn off your cell phone and other devices.
– Refrain from doing household chores.
– Put yourself in the presence of God and focus on the celebration.
Leader: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
Leader: We are gathered here to love, honour and worship our heavenly Father. Bearing in mind that the Word of the Lord is a lamp for our steps and a light for our
path, let us unite in listening to the message of eternal life. Then with hearts
gladdened and filled with hope by his holy word, we pray that the Lord in his
merciful love will spiritually nourish us.
But first, let us spend a few moments in silence to repent of our sins and also
think of those with whom we should make our peace, those, whom we should
After a few moments of silence, all say the I confess
Liturgy of the Word:
– The readings of the given Sunday, are now proclaimed.
An appropriate Homily or Reflection can then be shared.
We then make a profession of faith by reciting the Apostles’ Creed.
– Next follows Prayers of Intercession where we pray for
– the needs of the Church
– needs of the world
– those burdened in one way or another
– our local community
– the dead.
Conclude by saying the Our Father.
Now recite the Act of Spiritual Communion
– After a brief pause, together say:
The Anima Christi
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.
Permit me not to be separated from You.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death,
call me and bid me
come to You
that with Your saints
I may praise You forever and ever.
All: As we contemplate Your presence
in our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
we pray, O God,
that You will protect us in these uncertain times
and keep us close to You
and be strengthened in the faith we share.
Through Christ our Lord.
Leader: May Almighty God bless us, protect us from all evil and bring us to everlasting life. Amen
(all make the sign of the cross while saying together)
All: May we remain in the peace of Christ – In the name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
NOTE: If so desired, families may sing appropriate hymns /chants.
Prayer to St Michael
St Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.
Be our safeguard against the
wickedness and snares of the devil.
May God rebuke him, we humbly pray
and do Thou, O Prince of the heavenly host,
by the power of God,
cast into hell, Satan
and all the evil spirits who prowl throughout the world
seeking the ruin of souls.
Pope Francis’s Prayer to Mary during Coronavirus Pandemic