Devotional Prayers Said During Mass:
Prayers Before Mass
Receive, O holy Trinity, one God, the holy sacrifice of the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which I, thy unworthy servant, desire now to offer unto thy divine majesty by the hands of this thy minister, with all the sacrifices which have ever been or are to be offered unto thee, in union with that most holy sacrifice offered by our Lord himself at the last supper, and on the altar of the cross. I offer unto thee with the utmost affection of devotion, out of pure love for Thine infinite goodness, and according to the intention of holy mother Church:
1. To the great and eternal glory and love of thy divine Majesty.
2. In acknowledgment of thy sovereign excellence and supreme dominion over us, and our subjection to thee, and dependence upon thee.
3. In perpetual commemoration of the passion and death of the same Christ our Lord.
4. For the honor and greater glory of the Blessed Virgin, and all the saints triumphant.
5. In eternal thanksgiving for all thy benefits conferred upon the most sacred humanity of our Lord, upon the Blessed Virgin his Mother, upon the saints my patrons; and for all the benefits hitherto or yet to be conferred upon all the blessed and predestinated, and upon me, the most unworthy of all.
6. In satisfaction for my sins, and for the sins of all the faithful, living or dead.
7. In particular, I offer it for the attainment of these (N.N.) graces or blessings, for these (N.N.) persons particularly recommended to me, and for all for whom I am accustomed or bound to pray; that thou wouldst grant to the departed rest, and to the living grace to know, and love, and glorify thee perfectly now in this life, and hereafter blissfully in heaven. Accept and perfect this my desire, and vouchsafe thy abundant grace and blessing for its accomplishment.
After The Confiteor
O Blessed Trinity, one God, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, prostrate in spirit before thee I here confess in the sight of the whole court of heaven, and of all the faithful, my innumerable treasons against thy divine majesty. I have sinned: I have grievously offended through the whole course of my life, in thought word and deed; and therefore am unworthy to lift my eyes to heaven, or so much as to name thy sacred name: how much more I unworthy to appear here in thy sanctuary, and to assist among thy angels at these heavenly mysteries, which require so much purity, because Jesus Christ himself is here in person, both Priest and Victim! But, O my God, thy mercies are above all thy works, and thou wilt not despise a contrite and humble heart; and therefore I here venture to come into thy temple, and with the poor publican, strike my breast and say, God be merciful to me a sinner. Amen.
When The Priest Goes To The Alter
Let us adore the Heart of Jesus, which has loved us so much; let us prostrate ourselves before him, and bewail the sins of which we have been guilty. Grant us, O Lord, a contrite and humble heart; let the homage of our adorations be as acceptable to thee as if we offered thee thousands of victims.
At The Introit
The Lord hath opened the gate s of heaven; he hath rained down manna to feed us; he hath given us the bread of angels. Thy goodness, O my God, hath prepared it for the poor and humble heart; blessed art thou, O God of Israel, thou only canst work such wonders for me. I will offer to thee, in the presence of all thy people, the homage of my love and gratitude.
At The Kyrie
O Father of infinite mercy have pity on thy children; O Jesus, sacrificed for us, apply to us the merits of thy precious blood; O holy Ghost, the Sanctifier, descend into our hearts, and inflame them with thy love.
Have mercy on me, O Lord, and forgive me all my sins; and though I have nothing of my own to move thy goodness, yet let my importunity prevail: have mercy, O Lord, have mercy on me.
At The Gloria In Excelsis
What happiness for us that the Son of the Most High should have been pleased to dwell amongst us, and have vouchsafed to offer us a dwelling in his Divine Heart! Suffer us, O lord to mingle our voices with those of the angelic choir, to thank thee for so great a favor; and let us say with them, “Glory to God in the highest heavens.” O Almighty Father, we praise thee, we bless thee, we adore thee; we give thee thanks for all the benefits which thou hast lavished upon us without ceasing. O Jesus, Lamb without spot , who takest away the sins of the world, have mercy on us; thou only art holy, thou only art the Lord, who reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost in glory, and meritest all our homage on earth.
At The Collects
LORD, vouchsafe favorably to hear the prayers which thy priest offers to thee for the Church and for me. I earnestly beseech thee to grant me those graces and virtues of which I have need, in order to deserve thy love. Fill my heart with eternal gratitude for all the blessings which thou hast conferred upon me, with a lively horror of sin, and with perfect charity towards my neighbor. Make my whole life worthy of one who is thy child. I deserve not to be heard for my own sake, O my God, but I beseech thy mercy through the infinite merits of thy divine Son Jesus, inexhaustible Fountain of good things, open to us, we beseech thee, the interior of thy Heart; that having entered, by pious meditation, into this august sanctuary of divine love, we may fix for ever our hearts there, as the place wherein are found the treasure, the rejoice, and the happiness of holy souls.
At The Epistle
THOU hast vouchsafed, O Lord, to teach us thy sacred truths by the prophets and apostles: oh, grant that we may so improve by their doctrine and examples in the love of thy holy name and of thy holy law, that we may show forth by our lives whose disciples we are; that we may no longer follow the corrupt inclinations of flesh and blood, but master all our passions; that we may be ever directed by thy light and strengthened by thy grace, to walk in the way of thy commandments, and to serve thee with clean hearts. Through our Lord Jesus Christ.
At The Gospel
O GOD, the Father of light, blessed for ever be thy mercy, whereby thou hast called the nations of the earth from the darkness of ignorance and the shades of death into the marvelous light of thy Faith; grant that all mankind, being delivered by thee from the slavery of Satan and of sin, may take upon them the light burden and sweet yoke of thy holy law; that thy name may be known and praised through all the earth, so that we may become one family of saints, through Christ our Lord.
Prayer Before The Sermon
I WILL hear what the Lord will say unto me. O Jesus, light of the world, enlighten my understanding, that I may comprehend thy word; and cleanse my heart, that it may bring forth fruit. Amen.
At The Creed
I FIRMLY believe—because God who is Infallible Truth hath so revealed it to the Holy Catholic Church, and through the Church to us—I firmly believe that there is only one God, in Three Divine Persons, equal and distinct, whose names are Father, Son, and Holy Ghost; that the Son became man, and through the operation of the Holy Spirit took flesh and a human soul in the womb of the most pure Virgin Mary, that He died for us upon the cross, rose again, ascended into heaven, and that he will come from thence at the end of the world to judge all the living and dead, to give paradise to the good, and hell to the wicked, forever ; and furthermore, upon the same motive, I believe everything that the Holy Church believes and teaches. In this faith and for this faith I desire to live and die. Grant, Lord, that my life may be comfortable with my faith, that my faith may be animated by good works, that I may never be ashamed to declare myself a Catholic, and may constantly maintain the interests of thy holy religion. Draw closer to me, Lord, the bonds that bind me to thy Holy Church; put into my heart a spirit of perfect obedience to its lawful pastors. In its bosom I became thy child, and in its bosom I desire to live and die. Amen.
During The Offetory
I ADORE thee, O my God; and, in union with the priest, offer thee this sacrifice, for thy honor and glory, in thanksgiving- for all the benefits conferred upon myself and upon the whole world; and in satisfaction for my many sins, and the sins of other men. Accept, O Lord, of this holocaust, which is no other than thy divine Son at once made priest and victim, offering and offerer, and apply his saving merits to my needy soul. Be comforted, O my heart, Jesus sacrifices himself for thee. O my Lord Jesus Christ, in remembrance and praise of the boundless love, with which thou didst give thyself wholly to us upon the altar of the cross, behold I offer unto thee this day this present sacrifice of the Mass, together with all the Masses which are celebrated throughout the world, by the hands of thy priests, to be presented to thy Eternal Father in union with, and in virtue of, that oblation in which thou thyself, dying on the cross, didst offer thy sacred body and blood for the salvation of the world. Grant that the oblation of the same, thy body and blood, which here is renewed in mystery, and is made under the form of bread and wine, may effectually obtain its proper fruit ; that thereby the living may receive grace, and the faithful departed, everlasting rest. Accept, also, O Lord, this same sacrifice, which contains in itself the fruit of thy passion and death, as an act of thanksgiving for the innumerable benefits. thou has conferred upon us, and a propitiation and satisfaction for the countless sins we have committed, the good we have omitted to do, and the punishments we have deserved. Who livest, etc.
ETERNAL Father, who wast pleased that by this most holy Sacrifice of the New Law, thy only begotten Son be offered to thee; I offer the same to thy divine Majesty, and in union therewith I offer myself, and all that of thy bounty thou hast bestowed upon me. Look upon me, and have mercy upon me. Amen.
O my soul, how Jesus Christ hath loved us! At what a price he hath redeemed us! Not with gold, nor with riches, but by the voluntary shedding of his blood. He hath sacrificed himself for us; let us, then, live only for him, let us sacrifice ourselves together with him. Thou willest, O Jesus, that I should be a victim of love, wholly consecrated to thy Divine Heart: it is my most ardent desire. Thy benefits are numberless; thou hast broken the bonds of my servitude; thou hast adopted me for thy child; thou hast admitted me to thy table; thou hast given me a place in thy Divine Heart; and even yet, for all my continual prevarications, thou preparest me an everlasting blessedness : how could I ever forget so many benefits! I will publish thy mercies, and will never cease to love thee with all the fervor of my heart. But, O my God, my heart is not full enough of love and fervor to be an offering worthy of thee. What, then, shall I give thee? I will give thee thy Son. That Son, the most worthy object of thy complacency, will supply my inability. O Lord, look not on me, but on this divine offering.
At The Lavabo
O My Jesus, would that I could take thee to witness of the holiness of my life and the innocence of my heart! But it is in thy mercy only that I place my hope; my consolation is in meditating on thy promises to the penitent heart, and thy faithfulness in performing them: confounded at all the sins that I have committed to this day, and encouraged by the favors which thou hast bestowed upon me, I can but promise to correspond better with thy graces than I have hitherto done. I will purify myself more and more with tears of penitence; I will bless thee as I do this day; and I will sing of the wonders of thy power and of thy mercy.
At The Suscipe
O MOST holy and adorable Trinity, vouchsafe to receive this our sacrifice in remembrance of our Savior’s Passion, Resurrection, and glorious Ascension: and grant that we may die with him to our sins, rise with him to a new life, and ascend with him to thee. Let those saints, whose memory we celebrate on earth, remember us before thy throne in heaven, and obtain mercy for us, through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
At The Orate Fratres
THE creature can offer nothing to the Creator that can be worthy of his acceptance; I unite myself. therefore, to the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, which can alone merit anything in my behalf. I desire nothing but through him and with him. I have no wish beyond him. O God of mercy, I seek nothing but Thy love. Graciously accept of the sacrifice of my heart and of my whole self, and may it, like the sacrifice of Jesus, be pleasing to thee and unite us to him.
At The Secreta
MERCIFULLY hear my prayers, O Lord, and graciously accept this oblation which we thy servants make to thee; and as we offer it to the honor of thy name, so may it be to us here a means of obtaining thy grace, and life everlasting hereafter. Through Jesus Christ, Amen.
At The Preface
LIFT up, O Lord, do thou thyself lift up my heart to thee. Take from it all unholy thoughts, all earthly affections. Lift it wholly up to heaven, where thou art worthily adored, and to the altar, where thou art about to manifest thyself to me. My life is but one continual succession of thy mercies; let it be one continual succession of thanksgivings: and as thou art now about to renew the greatest of all sacrifices, is it not meet that I should burst forth in expressions of heartfelt gratitude? Suffer me, then, to join my feeble voice with the voices of all the heavenly spirits, and in union with them to say, in a transport of joy and admiration: HOLY, HOLY, HOLY, LORD GOD OF SABAOTH. HEAVEN AND EARTH ARE FULL OF THY GLORY. HOSANNA IN THE HIGHEST. BLESSED IS HE THAT COMETH IN THE NAME OF THE LORD. HASANNA IN THE HIGHEST.
At The Canon
PATERNAL and most merciful Father, behold, we come to offer thee our homage this day; we desire to adore, praise, and glorify thee, and to give thee thanks for thy great glory, joining our hearts and voices with all thy blessed in heaven, and with thy whole Church upon earth. But acknowledging our great unworthiness and innumerable sins, for which we are heartily sorry and humbly beg thy pardon, we dare not venture to approach thee otherwise than in company of thy Son, our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ, whom thou hast given us to be both our High Priest and Sacrifice. With him, therefore, and through him we venture to offer thee this sacrifice; to his most sacred intentions we desire to unite ours; and with this offering which he makes of himself, we desire to make an offering of our whole being to thee. With him, and through him, we beseech thee to exalt thy holy Catholic Church, throughout the whole world ; to maintain her in peace, unity, holiness, and truth: to have mercy on thy servant N. our chief bishop (omit at times when the Chair of Peter is empty), N. our prelate, and on all that truly fear thee; on our pastor (parents, children), friends and benefactors, etc.; on all those whom we have in any way scandalized, injured or offended, or for whom we are on any other account bound to pray ; on all that are in their agony, or under violent temptations, or other necessities, corporal or spiritual; on all our enemies; and, in a word, on all poor sinners; that we may all be converted to thee, and find mercy, through Jesus Christ thy Son; through whom we hope one day to be admitted into the company of all thy saints and elect, whose memory we here celebrate, whose prayers we desire, and with whom we communicate in these holy mysteries. Amen.
At The Consecration
(Bow down your body and soul in solemn adoration ; make an act of faith in the real presence of your Savior’s body and blood, soul and divinity, under the sacramental veils. Offer your whole self to him and through Him to his Father; beg that your heart and soul may be happily changed into Him.)
At The Elevation Of The Host
(Here the hell is rung thrice)
HAIL, true Body, born of the Virgin Mary, which didst truly suffer and wast immolated on the cross for man, whose side was pierced and flowed with water and with blood; may we have a foretaste of thee in the last agony of death. O kind, O loving one, Jesus, Son of Mary, have mercy on me. Amen.
HAIL, saving Victim, incarnate Word, sacrificed for me and all mankind! Hail precious Body of the Son of God ! Hail sacred Flesh, torn with nails, pierced with a lance, and bleeding on a cross for us sinners! O amazing goodness! O infinite love! Oh, let that tender love plead now in my behalf: let all my iniquities be here effaced, let my soul be cleansed from all its defilements. Lord, I believe in thee; I hope in thee; I love thee. To thee be honor, praise, and glory, from all creatures forever and ever. Amen.
At The Elevation Of The Chalice
(Here also the bell is rung thrice)
SAVIOUR of the world, save us; for by thy cross and by thy blood thou hast redeemed us; help us, we beseech thee, O our God. Amen.
Have mercy on me, dear Jesus, and grant that thy blood may not be shed in vain for me, I most humbly beseech thee. Amen.
HAIL, Sacred Blood, flowing from the wounds of Jesus Christ, and washing away the sins of the world! O cleanse, sanctify, and preserve my soul, that nothing in future may ever separate me from thee. Behold, O Eternal Father, thy holy Jesus, and look upon thy face of thy Christ, in whom thou art well pleased. Hear the voice of his blood crying out to thee, not for vengeance, but for mercy and pardon. Accept this divine oblation, and through the infinite merits of all the sufferings that Jesus endured on the cross for our salvation, be pleased to look upon us, and upon all thy people, with an eye of mercy.
At The Memento For The Dead
I OFFER thee again, O Lord, this holy sacrifice of the body and blood of thy only Son, in behalf of the faithful departed, and in particular for the souls of (here name whom you chiefly propose to pray for) my parents (if dead), relatives, benefactors, neighbors, etc. Likewise of such as I have any ways injured, or been the occasion of their sins; of such as have injured me, and been my enemies; of such as die in war, or have none to pray for them. To these, O Lord, and to all that rest in Christ, grant, we beseech thee, a place of refreshment, light and peace. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
At The Nobis Quoque Peccatoribus
VOUCHSAFE to grant the same to us, poor and miserable sinners; judge us not according to our demerits; but through the infinite multitude of thy mercies, in which we hope, liberally extend to us thy grace and pardon. We ask it of thee in the name of thy dear Son, who liveth and reigneth eternally with thee, and in that form of prayer which he himself hath taught us. Amen.
At The Pater Noster
OUR Father, who reignest in heaven, come and reign in my soul, come and sanctify it by thy presence; come and subject it to thy holy will, and render it obedient to the inspirations of thy grace. Extinguish in my heart every feeling of hatred and revenge; forgive me as I forgive. Grant to me such wisdom and such strength that I may triumph over all temptations. Deliver me from all those evils which oppress me, and under which I groan, being burdened. I come to thee, as a child to his father, to be fed; as a subject to his prince, to be protected; as one afflicted, to his only succor, to be consoled and comforted. Amen.
THOU, O ineffable God, art our Father. Our Father, because thou hast created us with so much love. Our Father, because thou hast redeemed us with so much blood. Our Father, because thou dost preserve us by thy omnipotence. Deal with us, O Lord, as thy children; and grant that we may truly reverence thee as our Father. Endow us, we beseech thee, with grace to seek only thy glory, as becomes the children of so good a Parent. We were created by thee, we are governed by thee. O grant that we may live only for thee. Amen.
At The Libera Nos
DELIVER us, we beseech thee, O Lord, from all evils, past, present, and to come; and by the intercession of Blessed Mary ever Virgin, and of all the saints, mercifully grant peace in our days, that by the assistance of thy holy grace we may be always free from sin and secure from all disturbance.
At The Pax Domini
THY body was broken, and thy blood shed for us. Grant that the commemoration of this holy mystery may obtain for us peace; and that those who receive it may find everlasting rest. O Lamb of God, pure and spotless victim who alone canst satisfy the justice of an offended God, vouchsafe to make me partaker of the merits of thy sacrifice. What lessons of humility, meekness, charity and patience dost thou not give! Impress these virtues upon my heart, that it may be to thee a pleasant habitation, wherein thou mayest repose as in an abode of peace. Amen.
After The Angus Dei
IN saying to thy Apostles, Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you, thou hast promised, O Lord, to all thy Church, that peace which the world cannot give—peace with thee, and peace with ourselves. Let nothing, O Lord, ever interrupt this holy peace; let nothing separate us from thee, to whom we heartily desire to be united, through the blessed sacrament of peace and reconciliation. Let this food of angels strengthen us in every Christian duty, so as never more to yield under temptations, or fall into our common weaknesses.
O my good God and sweet Savior Jesus, who art present here for my sake, and givest thyself to me for daily food, and for the supply of all my necessities: since without thee, who art the true food of my soul, I cannot live, I humbly beseech thee to refresh me spiritually, and make me partaker of that grace which they experience who devoutly receive thee. O good Jesus, despise me not, but vouchsafe to visit thy servant, and by thy grace to work and perfect all the effects and virtues of thy holy sacrament in me, to thy honor, O my God, and the eternal salvation of my soul. Amen.
Soul of Christ, sanctify me; body of Christ, save me; Blood of Christ, inebriate me; Water issuing from the side of Christ, wash me; Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O good Jesus, hear me, hide me within thy wounds; never suffer me to be separated from thee; from the malignant enemy defend me; at the hour of my death call me, and bid me come unto thee, that with thy saints I may praise thee for all eternity. Amen.
At The Domine Non Sum Dignus
GOD only can be worthy of receiving God; how, then, can a soul so sinful as mine merit so great a happiness! But thou, O Lord, regardest not thy greatness but thy mercy. Thou willest that I come to thee, as one sick to the physician who can heal him, as one poor to the rich lord who can assist him. O God of love, behold at thy feet the poorest, the most infirm, of thy creatures. Unite me to thyself, and I shall become rich and whole in thy sight. Work, I beseech thee, this miracle, worthy of thy omnipotence and charity. Amen.
While The Priest Communicates
O SACRED banquet, in which Christ is received, the memory of his passion is renewed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us!
Grant, O Lord Jesus, that we may so reverence the sacred mysteries of thy body and blood, that we may ever find in ourselves the fruits of thy redemption. Amen.
Act Of Spiritual Communion For Those Who Do Not Intend To Communicate
O MY most loving Savior, since I cannot have the happiness of receiving thee this day, suffer me to gather up the precious crumbs that fall from thy table, and to unite myself to thy divine heart by faith, hope, and charity. I confess I do not deserve the children’s bread; but I venture humbly to declare that, away from thee, my soul is dried up with thirst, and my heart cast down with faintness. Come, then, into me, O my divine Jesus; come into my mind, to illuminate it with thy light; come into my heart, to enkindle in it the fire of thy love, and to unite it so intimately with thy own, that it may be no more I that live, but thou that livest in me, and reignest in me forever. Amen.
Prayer During The Ablutions
GRANT us, O Lord, a part in the fruits of thy death and passion, which we leave this day commemorated. I adore thy goodness, O gracious Lord, for thy inestimable favor in admitting me to be present again at that holy sacrifice where thou art both priest and victim. Oh, make me always sensible of so great a blessing, and let not my unworthiness put a bar to thy mercy and goodness. Amen.
At The Communion
LET it be now, O Lord, the effect of thy mercy, that we, who have been present at this holy mystery, may find the benefit of it in our souls. Oh, how sweet, Lord, is thy spirit ; who, to show thy sweetness towards thy children, givest them the most delicious bread from heaven, and sendest the proud away empty. Amen.
At The Post-Communion
POUR forth upon us, Lord, the Spirit of Thy love, that, by thy mercy, Thou mayest make those of one mind whom Thou hast fed with one celestial food. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, who liveth and reigneth with thee in the unity of the same Holy Spirit, etc.
At The Last Gospel
ETERNAL Word, speak to my soul, which adores Thee in profound silence: thou who art the great Creator of all things, abandon not, I beseech thee, thy own creature: be thou my life, my light, and my all.
Let us pray
We give Thee thanks, almighty and gracious Father, that thou hast permitted us this day to offer our homage to thy divine Majesty. Of Thine infinite mercy grant us pardon of our sins, and all things necessary for the welfare of our souls and bodies. Amen.
Prayers Ordered By Our Holy Father Pope Leo XIII
To be said kneeling after the celebration of Low Mass in all Catholic Churches of the world.
Hail Mary, to be said three times by the Priest and People.
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, hail; our life, our sweetness, and our hope! To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve. To thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. Turn then, most gracious Advocate, thine eyes of mercy towards us; and after this our exile, show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. O clement, loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary.
V. Pray for us, O holy Mother of God
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray
O GOD our refuge and our strength, look down with favor on Thy people who cry to Thee ; and through the intercession of the glorious and Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, of St. Joseph, her Spouse, of thy blessed Apostles, Peter and Paul, and of all the Saints, in mercy and goodness hear our prayers for the conversion of sinners, and for the liberty and exaltation of our Holy Mother the Church. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
Blessed Michael, Archangel, defend us in the hour of conflict; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God restrain him we humbly pray. And do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God thrust, down to hell, Satan, and with him the other wicked spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.
Additional Prayers Before/During/After Mass
Prayer Before Mass (St. Ambrose)
O loving Lord Jesus Christ, I a sinner, presuming not on my own merits, but trusting in Thy mercy and goodness, with fear and trembling approach the table of Thy most sacred banquet. For I have defiled both my heart and body with many sins, and have not kept a strict guard over my mind and my tongue. Wherefore, O gracious God, O awful Majesty, I, a wretched creature, entangled in difficulties, have recourse to Thee, the font of mercy; to Thee do I fly that I may be healed, and take refuge under Thy protection. And I ardently desire to have Him as my Savior, Whom I am unable to withstand as my Judge.
To Thee, O lord, I show my wounds, to Thee I lay bare my shame. I know that my sins are many and great, on account of which I am filled with fear. But I trust in Thy mercy, of which there is no end. Look down upon me, therefore, with the eyes of Thy mercy on me, who am full of misery and sin, Thou Who wilt never cease to let flow the fountain of mercy.
Hail, Victim of salvation, offered for me and for all mankind on the tree of the Cross. Hail, noble and precious Blood, flowing from the wounds of my crucified Lord Jesus Christ and washing away the sins of the whole world. Remember, O Lord, Thy creature, whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Blood. I am grieved because I have sinned, I desire to make amends for what I have done.
Take away from me, therefore, O most merciful Father, all my iniquities and sins, that, being purified both in soul, and body, I may worthily partake of the Holy of Holies. And grant that this holy oblation of Thy Body and Blood, of which, though unworthy, I purpose to partake, may be to me the remission of my sins, the perfect cleansing of my offenses, the means of driving away all evil thoughts and of renewing all holy desires, the accomplishment of works pleasing to Thee, as well as the strongest defense for soul and body against the snares of my enemies. Amen.
Prayer Before the Reception of Holy Communion (St. Thomas Aquinas)
Almighty and eternal God, behold, I approach the sacrament of Thine only-begotten Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ. I approach as one who is sick to the physician of life,
as one unclean to the fountain of mercy, as one blind to the light of eternal brightness, as one poor and needy to the Lord of heaven and earth. Therefore I beseech Thee, of Thine infinite goodness, to heal my sickness, to wash away my filth, to enlighten my blindness, to enrich my poverty, and to clothe my nakedness, that I may receive the Bread of Angels, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords with such reverence and humility, with such contrition and devotion, with such purity and faith, with such purpose and intention, as may conduce to the salvation of my soul. Grant, I beseech Thee, that I may receive not only the sacrament of the Body and Blood of our Lord, but also the fruit and virtue of this sacrament.
O most indulgent God, grant me so to receive the Body of Thine only-begotten Son,
Our Lord Jesus Christ, which He took of the Virgin Mary, that I may be found worthy to be incorporated with His mystical body and numbered among His members. O most loving Father, grant that I may one day contemplate forever, face to face, Thy beloved Son, Whom now on my pilgrimage I am about to receive under the sacramental veils; Who lives and reigns with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.
Prayer After the Reception of Holy Communion (St. Thomas Aquinas)
I give thanks to Thee, O holy Lord, Father almighty, eternal God, who hast vouchsafed, not for any merit of mine, but solely out of the condescension of Thy mercy, to satisfy me a sinner, Thine unworthy servant, with the precious Body and Blood of Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ.
I pray that this holy Communion be not to me a condemnation unto punishment, but a saving plea unto forgiveness. May it be unto me the armour of faith and the shield of good will. May it be the emptying out of my vices, the extinction of all concupiscence and lust, the increase of charity and patience, of humility and obedience, and of all virtues; a strong defense against the snares of all enemies, visible and invisible; the perfect quieting of all my evil impulses, both fleshly and ghostly; a firm cleaving unto Thee, the one true God; and a pledge of a blessed destiny.
And I beseech Thee, that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to bring me, a sinner, to the ineffable banquet, where Thou, with Thy Son and the Holy Ghost, art to Thy saints true light, fullness of content, eternal joy, gladness without alloy and perfect happiness. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.