Spiritual Communion and Dispensation


University of Portland // Campus Ministry

The dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass on Sunday remains in effect for the Archdiocese of Portland during the COVID-19 pandemic. In an effort for the Faithful to remain in communion with one another and provide a means of spiritual communion, Campus Ministry continues to live stream our Masses from the Chapel of Christ the Teacher for those who cannot or do not wish to attend Mass in person. 

A prayer for Spiritual Communion is an excellent way to invite the Lord Jesus into your heart when you are unable to physically receive the Eucharist. By praying this prayer during the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass, the Faithful are united to each other in a powerful and prayerful manner. This means, that, despite not being able to participate in a public celebration of the Mass, the Faithful are still united, as one people, as one Church, and as one community. 

Through a prayer of Spiritual Communion, sincerely offered, we are united to Christ in his suffering, death, and Resurrection. While not ultimately a substitute for the celebration of Mass, in such times as these, a Spiritual Communion can help fill the longing for the presence of the Lord Jesus in our lives.

Listed here is a common prayer for Spiritual Communion:

A Prayer of Spiritual Communion

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.