When we are not able to receive Holy Communion, which may
be for a number of reasons, we are encouraged to make a Spiritual Communion. In
fact, even when we can go to Mass daily and receive Our Lord daily, we are
encouraged to make many Spiritual Communions throughout the day. A Spiritual
Communion is a manifestation of our desire to be one with Our Eucharistic Lord.
We should imagine ourselves actually receiving Him, and loving Him within us,
conversing with Him as if we had received Him. When we do this, God rewards our
love and our longing for Him and He gives many graces, as He would when we
actually do receive Him. There are many beautiful prayers to aid is in making a
Spiritual Communion. Here is one that is used on EWTN: My Jesus, I believe
that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. 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. I embrace You as if
You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be
separated from You. Amen.