How to Make a Spiritual Communion and an Act of Perfect Contrition
In these times of Social Distancing with the suspension of public Mass due to the COVID-19/coronavirus, we are unable to receive the sacraments as normal. In these circumstances, there are devotions through which we can receive absolution for your sins, (under certain conditions), and the consolation of Eucharistic grace. These devotions are officially encouraged by the Church and have been practiced by The Saints
How to make a Spiritual Communion
The key to Spiritual Communion is to grow in your heart a constant desire for the Blessed Sacrament.
- If you are aware of serious or mortal sin, make an Act of Perfect Contrition.
- Imagine the sacred words and actions of the Mass or watch online or on TV.
- Make all those acts of faith, humility, sorrow, adoration, love and desire that you usually express before Holy Communion. Desire, with earnest longing, to receive our Lord present — Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity — in the Blessed Sacrament.
- Say this prayer of St. Alphonsus de’ Ligouri:
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 now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You are already there, I embrace You and unite myself wholly to You; do not let me ever be separated from You. Amen.
- After moments of silent adoration make all those acts of faith, humility, love, thanksgiving and offering that you usually express through prayers after Holy Communion.
How to Make an Act of Perfect Contrition
Through an act of Perfect Contrition, you receive pardon for your sins outside of confession, even mortal sins, on condition that you determine to amend your life and make a firm resolution to go to sacramental confession as soon as this becomes possible for you.
- In reality or imagination kneel at the foot of a crucifix and say to yourself: “Jesus, my God, and my Savior, in the midst of your agony, you remembered me, you suffered for me, you wished to wipe away my sins”.
- Contrition is ‘perfect’ if you repent of your sins because you love God and are sorry for offending Him and causing the sufferings of Christ on the cross. Before the Crucified Christ remember your sins, repent of them because they have brought our Lord to His sufferings on the Cross. Promise him, that with His help, you will not sin again.
- Recite, slowly and sincerely, an act of contrition focused on the goodness of God and your love of Jesus:
“O my God, because you are so good, I am very sorry that I have sinned against you and by the help of your grace, I will not sin again. Amen”.
- Make a firm resolution to go to sacramental confession as soon as practically possible