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An Act of Spiritual Communion
Spiritual Communion is a Christian practice of desiring union with Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. It is used as a preparation for Holy Mass and by individuals who cannot receive Holy Communion. This practice is well established in the Catholic Church and highly recommended by many saints, according to Pope John Paul II. He explained that practicing this constant desire for Jesus in the Eucharist is rooted in the ultimate perfection of Eucharistic communion, which is the ultimate goal of every human desire.
St. Thomas Aquinas defined Spiritual Communion as “an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Holy Sacrament and a loving embrace as though we had already received Him.”
In 1983, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith declared that all the effects of Holy Communion can be received through spiritual communion for persons who are prevented from attending Eucharistic celebrations.
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.
THE CATHEDRAL OF SAINT PETER
Welcome to the official website for the Cathedral of Saint Peter, serving the faithful of the Diocese of Scranton since 1853. This website will serve to keep our parish community connected through news, helpful links, and practical parish information. We invite you to also browse through its pages, where you will be able to schedule donations and contributions, purchase tickets to various parish events, and obtain copies of weekly ministry schedules and mass times.
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The Cathedral of Saint Peter is a unique and diverse faith-filled, downtown parish community, exercising servant leadership by striving to offer prayerful and inspiring worship to all who enter our doors and working to meet the spiritual, educational, and personal needs of those we serve.
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