Prayer After Communion (St. Thomas Aquinas)

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I give Thee thanks, O holy Lord, Father Almighty, Eternal God, that Thou hast vouchsafed, for no merit of my own, but of the mere condescension of Thy mercy, to satisfy me, a sinner and Thine unworthy servant, with the Precious Blood of Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ.

I implore Thee, let not this Holy Communion be to me an increase of guilt unto my punishment, but an availing plea unto pardon and forgiveness.  Let it be to me the armor of faith and the shield of good will.  Grant that it may work the extinction of my vices, the rooting out of concupiscence and lust, and the increase within me of charity and patience, of humility and obedience.  Let it be my strong defense against the snares of all my enemies, visible and invisible; the stilling and the calm of all my impulses, carnal and spiritual; my indissoluble union with Thee the one and true God, and a blessed consummation at my last end.

And I beseech thee that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to bring me, sinner as I am, to that ineffable banquet where Thou, with the Son and the Holy Ghost, art to Thy saints true and unfailing light, fullness and content, joy for evermore, gladness without alloy, consummate and everlasting bliss.

Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer Before Communion (St. Thomas Aquinas)

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Almighty and everlasting God, behold I come to the Sacrament of Thine only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ: I come as one infirm to the physician of life, as one unclean to the fountain of mercy, as one blind to the light of everlasting brightness, as one poor and needy to the Lord of heaven and earth.

Therefore I implore the abundance of Thy measureless bounty that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to heal my infirmity, wash my uncleanness, enlighten my blindness, enrich my poverty and clothe my nakedness, that I may receive the Bread of Angels, the King of kings, the Lord of lords, with such reverence and humility, with such sorrow and devotion, with such purity and faith, with such purpose and intention as may be profitable to my soul’s salvation.

Grant unto me, I pray, the grace of receiving not only the Sacrament of our Lord’s Body and Blood, but also the grace and power of the Sacrament.

O most gracious God, grant me so to receive the Body of Thine only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, which He took from the Virgin Mary, as to merit to be incorporated into His mystical Body, and to be numbered amongst His members.

O most loving Father, give me grace to behold forever Thy beloved Son with His face at last unveiled, whom I now purpose to receive under the sacramental veil here below.

Amen.

Litany of Humility

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O Jesus! meek and humble of heart, Hear me.

From the desire of being esteemed,
Deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being loved…
From the desire of being extolled …
From the desire of being honored …
From the desire of being praised …
From the desire of being preferred to others…
From the desire of being consulted …
From the desire of being approved …
From the fear of being humiliated …
From the fear of being despised…
From the fear of suffering rebukes …
From the fear of being calumniated …
From the fear of being forgotten …
From the fear of being ridiculed …
From the fear of being wronged …
From the fear of being suspected …

That others may be loved more than I,
Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be esteemed more than I …
That, in the opinion of the world, others may increase and I may decrease …
That others may be chosen and I set aside …
That others may be praised and I unnoticed …
That others may be preferred to me in everything…
That others may become holier than I, provided that I may become as holy as I should…

Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930)
Secretary of State for Pope Saint Pius X

Prayer to the Holy Spirit

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Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of Your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of Your love.
V.  Send forth Your Spirit and they shall be created.
R.  And You shalt renew the face of the earth.
Let us pray
O God, who didst instruct the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit: grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise, and ever to rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
(Indulgence of five years, Plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions, if the prayer has been recited daily for a month.)

Prayer to Accept Jesus

Lord Jesus, I come to You a sinner and I humbly repent of my sins. I believe that You died and was raised from the dead for me. I ask You to come into my life and be my Lord and Savior. Please take control of my life that I may live for You from this day forth. Thank You Lord Jesus, for loving and accepting me. In Your precious name, Amen.

Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas

Give us, O Lord, a steadfast heart, which no unworthy affection may drag downwards;
give us an unconquered heart, which no tribulation can wear out;
give us an upright heart, which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside.

Bestow upon us also, O Lord our God, understanding to know you, diligence to seek you, wisdom to find you, and a faithfulness that may finally embrace you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayer of Eusebius

May I be no man’s enemy,
and may I be the friend of that which is eternal and abides.

May I never quarrel with those nearest to me; and if I do, may I be reconciled quickly.

May I never devise evil against any man; if any devise evil against me, may I escape uninjured and without the need of hurting him.

May I love, seek, and attain only that which is good.
May I wish for all men’s happiness and envy none.
May I never rejoice in the ill-fortune of one who has wronged me.

When I have done or said what is wrong, may I never wait for the rebuke of others, but always rebuke myself until I make amends.

May I win no victory that harms either me or my opponent.

May I reconcile friends who are wroth with one another.
May I, to the extent of my power, give all needful help to my friends and to all who are in want.
May I never fail a friend in danger.

When visiting those in grief may I be able by gentle and healing words to soften their pain.

May I respect myself.
May I always keep tame that which rages within me.
May I accustom myself to be gentle, and never be angry with people because of circumstances.

May I never discuss who is wicked and what wicked things he has done, but know good men and follow in their footsteps.

Prayer from The Grail

Lord Jesus,
I give you my hands to do your work.
I give you my feet to go your way.
I give you my eyes to see as you do.
I give you my tongue to speak your words.
I give you my mind that you may think in me.
I give you my spirit that you may pray in me.
Above all, I give you my heart that you may love in me, your Father, and all mankind.
I give you my whole self that you may grow in me, so that it is you, Lord Jesus,
who live and work and pray in me.

Prayer Before Mass

Lord, I come to this Mass to praise and thank You. On this holy ground and in this sacred space, I remember and celebrate Your presence. No matter how solemn or simple this Eucharistic liturgy may be, it is celebrated in response to Your invitation “Do this in memory of me”.

Thank you, Jesus, for the privilege to worship You in this way. Thank you for planting in my heart the grace to desire Your presence in those gathered here today, in Your sacred Word and in the bread and wine

I come in faith. May I be open to Your gentle touch. May I be open to Your sacred Word and listen to it as a personal challenge. I bring You my special needs, fears, grudges, self-pity and petty concerns. I ask your help and guidance, Lord, to become a better person. If my cares and worries interfere with my prayer at this Mass, accept them as my feeble gifts. Transform them by Your grace.

My whole being praises, honours and glorifies You. I come into Your presence with joy.

Amen.

Prayer of Forgiveness (St. Augustine)

God our Father,
we find it difficult to come to you, because our knowledge of you is imperfect.
In our ignorance we have imagined you to be our enemy;
we have wrongly thought that you take pleasure in punishing our sins;
and we have foolishly conceived you to be a tyrant over human life.

But since Jesus came among us, he has shown that you are loving,
that you are on our side against all that stunts life,
and that our resentment against you was groundless.

So we come to you asking you to forgive our past ignorance,
and wanting to know more and more of you and your forgiving love,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.