What do we mean by Spiritual Communion?
Hopefully the following extract from an article in the National Catholic Reporter gives an idea of what we mean by ‘spiritual communion’.
Public Masses are banned throughout Italy, but literally, thousands of Masses are celebrated each day and, in addition to watching them on television or computer screens, the faithful can receive “spiritual Communion.”
Pope Francis, after reciting a live-streamed Angelus prayer March 15,
told people, “United to Christ we are never alone, but instead form one body, of which he is the head. It is a union that is nourished with prayer and also with spiritual communion in the Eucharist, a practice that is recommended when it isn’t possible to receive the sacrament.”
Obviously, receiving Communion is the way to participate most fully in the Mass, but it is not always possible for everyone to receive at every Mass, nor do many Catholics in the world even have regular access to Mass.
The idea of “spiritual Communion” — inviting Jesus into one’s heart and soul when receiving the actual sacrament isn’t possible — is part of Catholic tradition. The Vatican’s preparatory document for the 2012 International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin said those who cannot receive the Eucharist can have spiritual Communion, declaring their desire to receiving the Eucharist and uniting “their suffering of that moment with the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.”
Spiritual Commuion within our Faith Community
Fr Syriac has set up live streaming for Exposition and Daily Mass.
Pope Francis and Confession
Pope Francis Prayer to Our Lady
Spiritual Communion with Pope Francis and the Universal Church
In response to the coronavirus pandemic Pope Francis decided that his daily Mass at the Casa Santa Marta would be broadcast live, so as to be close to all those who are suffering from the current coronavirus epidemic.
You can access the Mass live or view a recording at either of the following websites:
Accessing Sunday Mass in the Archdiocese
The Archbishop is arranging for Sunday Mass to be available in English, Polish, Syro-Malabar and Ukrainian on the Archdiocesan website, each Sunday, until the situation changes.
He hopes all will be available from this Sunday onwards.
Please check the Archdiocesan Website or The Stream Team: watching mass online
Archbishop Cushley advises that even if we cannot attend Mass, we are all obliged to keep the sabbath holy, and so the archdiocese will make resources available online so that people may keep the sabbath at home. They will involve the readings and prayers of each Sunday and are a suggestion to those who wish for guidance.
Faced with the measures of isolation that are now the rule in many different countries, Taizé are expressing their spiritual solidarity with all those who find themselves alone by streaming their evening prayer at 7:30 pm every night.
Fr Jim Martin SJ
Fr Jim Martin SJ offers Daily Faith Sharing at 7:00pm each night.