Prayer Before Holy Communion

Modern image of Saint Thomas Aquinas (University of North Florida)

by Saint Thomas Aquinas
(Theologian, 1225-1274)


 Almighty and eternal God,
  I approach the sacrament of Thine Only-Begotten Son,
  our Lord Jesus Christ.  

 As a sick man, I approach the physician of life;
  as a man unclean, I come to the fountain of mercy;
  blind, to the light of eternal brightness;
  poor and needy, to the Lord of heaven and earth.

 I beseech thee, therefore, in Thy boundless mercy,
  to heal my sickness, to wash away my defilements, 
  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, the Lord of lords, 
  with such reverence and humility, such contrition and faith, 
  such purpose and intention, as may help 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 whole grace and virtue of the 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 forever contemplate Him unveiled and face to face, 
  Whom, on my pilgrimage, I receive under a veil, Thy beloved Son, 
  Who with Thee lives and reigns in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
  God, world without end. 

 Amen.

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The modern image of Saint Thomas Acquinas was taken from the University of Florida.
This prayer was given to the congregation of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Maumee, Ohio, on 7/27/2005; by Lay Eucharistic Visitor, Dave Watts; emphasizing the need to prepare for Holy Communion.
This page last updated on 7-29-2005.