It often happens that Catholics who are at a distance from a church,
or because of illness or some other unavoidable impediment, may be
unable to hear Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation. Causes 
may excuse bodily presence but do not dispense us from uniting 
ourselves in spirit to those who actually enjoy the happiness of 
being in God's holy temple.
  The Sundays and Feasts were instituted by the Church that we may 
render unto God that worship which we owe Him every moment of our 
lives. This worship is the Mass; and it is offered for us even when 
we are not actually present. But to enjoy the benefits which it 
procures, we must by a spiritual Communion become partakers of the 
altar from which we are temporarily banished. Excite a desire of 
visiting the house of God and let the whole family kneel before a  
Crucifix, a statue of the Blessed Virgin or a pious picture. Then, 
transporting themselves in spirit before the altar where Mass is 
being celebrated, let them endeavor to follow the service there 
performed. 
 
Form of Making a Good Intention Before Holy Mass 
(To be used when, by reasonable cause, one is hindered from going to
church.) 
 
  I believe, Lord Jesus, that in the Last Supper Thou didst offer up 
a true Sacrifice; I believe it because Thou hast made it known to us 
through the Catholic Church, which from apostolic times has 
constantly taught the same to us. Since Thou didst command the 
Apostles and the priests ordained by them to do the same till the end 
of time, I therefore offer to Thee with the priest this Holy 
Sacrifice of the Mass (which I believe to be one with that offered on 
Mount Calvary) to Thy honor and glory, in acknowledgement of my most 
bounden service, in thanksgiving for the innumerable benefits which 
Thou hast conferred upon me and upon the whole world, in satisfaction 
for my sins and the sins of all mankind, and for obtaining the grace 
of perfect contrition for my sins. I also offer to Thee this Holy 
Mass for my friends and benefactors, and for those for whom I am 
bound, and for whom Thou wilt me to pray. I also offer it for my 
enemies, that they may be converted, for all the faithful departed, 
particularly for my parents and relatives, and for the welfare of all 
Christendom. 
 
 
Prayers During the Time  
of the Holy Mass 
   I. Heartfelt desire to participate in the Holy Sacrifice 
 
  Most Holy Trinity, God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, almighty 
source of all things; my best Father, my merciful Redeemer, the 
Fountain of my sanctification and happiness, I, Thy most unworthy 
creature, venture to appear before Thee, to show to Thee, my true God 
and Creator, all honor, adoration, and trustful submission; to thank 
Thee for the innumerable benefits which I have received from Thee, to 
praise Thee for Thy glory (for I am created for Thy praise); to 
implore Thy mercies, and to appease Thy justice, because I have so 
often and so grievously sinned against Thee. All this I cannot do in 
a worthier and more perfect manner than by hearing, with faith and 
devotion, Holy Mass. For in that Holy Sacrifice is offered to Thee 
the most sublime Sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving, the most 
efficacious Sacrifice of supplication and propitiation, the most 
worthy Sacrifice of salvation for the living and dead. But because I 
cannot this day be present bodily at Holy Mass, I will, at least in 
spirit, place myself before the altar where Jesus Christ, in an 
unbloody manner, offers Himself, O Heavenly Father, to Thee. With 
this glorious Sacrifice I unite my present prayer; 
  I fervently desire, united with the Son of God, in the strongest 
manner to praise, love, supplicate Thee, O Heavenly Father, to repair 
all the wrong and shame that I have wrought, and completely to 
accomplish all that can be accomplished by the Holy Sacrifice of the 
Mass. To this end give me Thy Divine grace, and grant that I may 
perform all this with sincere devotion. Amen. 
    II. Contrition for sins, with faith and confidence in Jesus 
Christ, and an offering up of His precious merits 
 
  Holy Father, I confess with sorrow that I have seldom served Thee 
with an undivided heart, but rather have often offended Thee, and by 
my slothfulness and neglect have brought upon myself infinitely great 
guilt before Thee. I therefore take refuge in the merits of Thy 
Beloved Son, now present upon the altar, Who so freely commends and 
imparts to us His grace and favor. In the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass 
Jesus offers to Thee for me, the highest veneration and love, the 
most perfect praise, the most hearty thanksgiving, and the most kind 
expiation.. For the perfect forgiveness of my sins, O Heavenly 
Father, I offer up to Thee the whole suffering and death of Jesus 
Christ, which are now, in an unbloody manner, renewed upon the altar. 
O most benign Father, Thy Son has suffered and died even for me,  
a poor sinner. With thankful love I bring before Thee, as a precious 
and pleasing offering, the infinite merits of His suffering and 
death. I firmly trust that, on account of this inestimable Sacrifice 
of Thy Son, Thou wilt not regard my guilt, and that Thou wilt 
increase in me Thy graces. Amen. 
   O Father of mercies, and God of all consolation, to Thee I turn 
for help and grace. Graciously look upon my misery and wretchedness, 
and let my supplications come before Thee. That I may the more surely 
be heard by Thee, I appear before the throne of Thy grace, which, for 
our salvation, is set up in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, where the 
innocent Lamb of God is mysteriously offered up to Thee, Holy Father, 
Almighty God, for the remission of our sins. Regard, I beseech Thee, 
the innocence of this holy Sacrifice, and for the sake thereof extend 
to me Thy mercy. O my Saviour, how great is that love of Thine for me 
which, to make satisfaction for my sins, and to gain me the grace of 
Thy Father, impelled Thee to endure for me such bitter pains, and 
even death itself! How great is yet that love of Thine for me which 
causes Thee, in every Holy Mass, to renew, in an unbloody manner, Thy 
death of propitiation, in order to apply and communicate to me Thy 
merits! With my whole heart I thank Thee for this, Thy great love, 
and from the depths of my soul I beseech Thee to make me a partaker 
of the fruit of it, and to strengthen and confirm me by the grace of  
the Holy Ghost, that I may detest sin and all unholy living, that I 
may crucify my flesh, with all its passions, deny myself, and follow 
in Thy footsteps, that all my thoughts and words, all that I do or  
leave undone, may be a living service of God, and a sacrifice well 
pleasing to Him. 
    As Thou hast offered up to Thy Heavenly Father Thyself, so take 
me also in the arms of Thy love and mercy; and present me, a poor 
erring sinner, as an offering to Thy Father, and let me no more be 
separated from His love. Amen. 
 
  III. Adoration of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, 
under the appearance of Bread and Wine 
 
   O most holy Jesus, before Thee the Heavenly choirs kneel and 
adore; with them I lift up my voice and cry: Holy, holy, holy, art 
Thou, O Lord of hosts. Heaven and earth are full of Thy grace and  
glory. Thou art present, O Jesus, under the appearance of bread and 
wine. Hear, O hear my prayer! I strike my breast and confess my  
unworthiness; but with firm confidence I implore Thee, O Jesus, be 
merciful to me! O most benign Jesus, forgive me my sins! O holy 
Blood, wash me from my sins! O precious Blood of Jesus, O Blood of 
Jesus, rich in grace, cry out to Heaven for mercy upon me! Most holy  
God, receive this precious Blood, together with the love through 
which it was shed; receive it as an offering of my love and 
thankfulness, for the greatest glory of Thy Name; for the forgiveness 
of my sins; in satisfaction of the punishments which I have deserved; 
for the washing away of the stains of my guilt, as reparation for all 
my neglects, and as amendment for all the sins which I have committed 
through ignorance or frailty; receive it also as a sacrifice for the 
consolation of the afflicted; for the conversion of sinners; for the 
recovery of the sick and suffering; for the strengthening of those  
who draw near to death; for the refreshment, purification, and 
deliverance of the souls of the departed in Purgatory. Amen. 

  IV. Unshaken Confidence in Jesus Christ 

  To Thee, O most benign Jesus, I lift up my eyes and my heart. Oh, 
turn upon me Thy gracious countenance, and Thy true love. Behold, O 
Lord, my manifest need, and the great danger of my soul. Receive me, 
O Thou Who art my only true mediator and helper! Be Thou, through the 
Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, my salvation, and obtain for me the 
entire remission of my sins. Oh, represent to Thy Father how cruelly 
Thou wast scourged, crowned, crucified and put to death for us, and 
thereby reconcile with the strict justice of God me, a miserable 
sinner. Amen. Our Father . . . Hail Mary . . . 
 
 
  
  V. He who asks in the Name of Jesus shall receive 
  
  O Lamb of God, Who didst suffer for us, miserable sinners, have 
mercy upon me, and offer up to the Father Thy Passion for the 
forgiveness of my sins! O Lamb of God, Who didst die for us, 
miserable sinners, have mercy upon me, and offer up to God Thy death 
in satisfaction for my sins! O Lamb of God, Who didst sacrifice 
Thyself for us, miserable sinners, have mercy upon me, and offer up  
Thy holy Blood to the Father for the cleansing of my soul! 
    Heavenly Father, I offer up to Thee, this precious and most
worthy oblation. My sins are more in number than the hairs of my 
head, but, O just and merciful God, lay this precious offering in the 
one scale and my sins in the other, and that will far outweigh my  
guilt. O merciful, O holy God, give me Thy blessing before I end my 
prayer, and through this blessing let me obtain grace at once to  
begin to amend my life, and to renounce whatever is sinful and 
displeasing to Thee. Support me in my weakness; strengthen me when 
temptations assail me, and let me never forget that Thou art near me. 
 
  O precious day! but perhaps the last of my life! O happy day! if it
shall make me better! Holy Mother of God, Mary, holy Angels and 
friends of God, pray for me and lead me in the way of truth. O God, 
grant Thy love to the living, and Thy peace to the dead. Amen. 
 
 
Act of Union With the Sacrifice of the Mass When we cannot assist at it 
 
  As I cannot this day enjoy the happiness of assisting at the holy 
Mysteries, O my God! I transport myself in spirit to the foot of 
Thine altar; I unite with the Church, which, by the hands of the 
priest, offers Thee Thine adorable Son; I offer myself with Him, by 
Him, and in His Name. I adore, I praise, and I thank Thee, imploring 
Thy mercy, invoking Thine assistance, and presenting Thee the homage 
I owe Thee as my Creator, the love due to Thee as my Saviour. Apply 
to my soul, I beseech Thee, O merciful Jesus, Thine infinite merits; 
apply them also to those for whom I particularly wish to pray. I 
desire to communicate spiritually, that Thy Blood may purify, Thy 
Flesh strengthen, and Thy Spirit sanctify me. May I never forget that 
Thou, my Divine Redeemer, hast died for me; may I die to all that is 
not Thee, that hereafter I may live eternally with Thee. Amen. 

Prayer

  Divine Heart of Jesus, convert sinners, save the dying, set free the
holy souls in Purgatory.


Recommendation to One's Guardian Angel For A Happy Death

  My good Angel: I know not when or how I shall die. It is possible I
may be carried off suddenly and that before my last sigh, I may be 
deprived of all intelligence. Yet, how many things I would wish to 
say to God on the threshold of eternity. In the full freedom of my
will today, I come to charge you to speak for me at that fearful 
moment. You will say to Him, then, O my good Angel:

 That I wish to die in the Roman Catholic Apostolic Church in which 
 all the saints since Jesus Christ have died, and out of which there
 is no salvation.

 That I ask the grace of sharing in the infinite merits of my Redeem-
 er and that I desire to die in pressing my lips to the Cross that
 was bathed in His Blood!

 That I detest my sins because they displease Him and that I ask par-
 don through the love of Him, for all my enemies as I wish myself to
 be pardoned.

 That I die willingly because He orders it and that I throw myself 
 with confidence into His adorable Heart awaiting all His Mercy.

 That in my inexpressible desire to go to Heaven, I am disposed to 
 suffer everything it may please His sovereign Justice to inflict on
 me.

 That I love Him beforeall things, above all things and for His own
 sake; that I wish and hope to love Him with the Elect, his Angels
 and the Blessed Mother during all eternity.

Do not refuse, O my Guardian Angel to be my interpreter with God, and
to protest to Him that these are my sentiments and my will. Amen.


Act of Abandonment

 I do not know, O my God, what awaits me today; but I am certain that
nothing can happen to me which Thou hast not forseen, decreed and 
ordained from all eternity: that is sufficient for me.

 I adore Thy impenetrable and eternal designs, to which I submit with
all my heart; I desire, I accept them all, and unite my sacrifice to
that of Jesus Christ, my Divine Savior; I ask in His Name and through
His infinite merits, patience in my trials, and perfect and entire 
submission to all that comes to me by Thy good pleasure. Amen.

Prayer

 O Mary, conceived without sin, of thee I ask a perfect love of
Jesus Christ.