It is OK not to receive Holy Communion. There could be many reasons. Perhaps we did not get a chance to fast for one hour. Perhaps we are not in the state of grace. Perhaps we are concerned about sickness. Perhaps we are physically separated by distance. The Church has a whole area of devotion and prayer called “Spiritual Communion.” Spiritual Communion is done when a person is unable to make a Sacramental Communion. Since there is no physical reception of the real, true, and substantial Body & Blood, Soul & Divinity of Christ in a spiritual communion, then there is no reception of sanctifying grace, only actual grace. While Canon Law only permits someone to receive Holy Communion no more than twice in one day, a person can make NUMEROUS spiritual communions all day long.
We can make a Spiritual Communion such as these below during Mass, or before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament, or anywhere else where the Spirit moves us. Here are several prayers that may assist in making a spiritual communion when we are not able to receive.
Additional Spiritual Communion Prayers
My Jesus, I believe that You are in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I long for You in my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. As though You have already come, I embrace You and unite myself entirely to You; never permit me to be separated from You. Amen
I wish O Lord, to receive You with the purity, humility and devotion with which Your most Holy Mother received You in the spirit and fervor of all the saints
Oh Jesus, I turn toward the holy tabernacle where You live hidden for love of me. I love you, O my God. I cannot receive you in Holy Communion. Come, nevertheless, and visit me with Your grace. Come spiritually into my heart. Purify it. Sanctify it. Render it like unto Your own. Amen.
Lord, I am not worthy that You should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.
This last sentence is drawn from Matthew’s Gospel (Matt 8:6), in which a Roman Centurion expressed his deep faith in our Lord’s healing powers (in this case to cure his servant rather than his soul). Jesus was quite moved by the soldier’s faith, and healed his servant at once.