Here I Receive Christ, My Soul’s Salvation

Almighty and Eternal God,
I come to the sacrament
of your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
As one sick I come to the Physician of life;
unclean, to the Fountain of mercy;
blind, to the Light of eternal splendor;
poor and needy to the Lord of heaven and earth.

Therefore, through your infinite mercy and generosity,
heal my weakness,
wash my uncleanness,
give light to my blindness,
enrich my poverty,
and clothe my nakedness.
May I thus receive the Bread of Angels,
the King of kings,
the Lord of lords,
with reverence and humility,
contrition and devotion,
purity and faith,
purpose and intention,
since here I receive Christ,
my soul’s salvation.

Grant that I may receive not only
the Sacrament of the body and blood of our Lord,
but also its full grace and power.
Give me the grace, most merciful God,
to receive the body of your only Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
born of the virgin Mary,
and unite me with his mystical body
and include me among his members.

Most loving Father,
grant that I may behold for all eternity,
face to face,
your beloved Son,
whom now on my pilgrimage,
I am about to receive in this sacrament,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.

Source: Thomas Aquinas, 13th century.

Source of this version: Freely modified from https://www.ourcatholicprayers.com/aquinas-before-communion.html

Prayer was edited for stylistic and doctrinal reasons. Translation from ourcatholicprayers.com reads as follows:

Almighty and Eternal God, behold I come to the sacrament of Your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. As one sick I come to the Physician of life; unclean, to the Fountain of mercy; blind, to the Light of eternal splendor; poor and needy to the Lord of heaven and earth. Therefore, I beg of You, through Your infinite mercy and generosity, heal my weakness, wash my uncleanness, give light to my blindness, enrich my poverty, and clothe my nakedness. May I thus receive the Bread of Angels, the King of Kings, the Lord of Lords, with such reverence and humility, contrition and devotion, purity and faith, purpose and intention, as shall aid my soul’s salvation.

Grant, I beg of You, that I may receive not only the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of our Lord, but also its full grace and power. Give me the grace, most merciful God, to receive the Body of your only Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, born of the Virgin Mary, in such a manner that I may deserve to be intimately united with His mystical Body and to be numbered among His members. Most loving Father, grant that I may behold for all eternity face to face Your beloved Son, whom now, on my pilgrimage, I am about to receive under the sacramental veil, who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

 

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Forgiveness and Salvation

Lord,
Father all-powerful,
and ever-living God,
I thank you,
for even though I am a sinner
in the kindness of your mercy
you have fed me
with the precious body and blood of your Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ.
I pray that this holy communion
may not bring me condemnation and punishment
but forgiveness and salvation.
May it be a helmet of faith and a shield of good will.
May it purify me from evil ways
and put an end to my evil passions.
May it bring me charity and patience,
humility and obedience,
and growth in power to do good.
May it be my strong defense against all my enemies,
visible and invisible,
and the perfect calming of all my evil impulses,
bodily and spiritual.
May it unite me more closely to you,
the one true God
and lead me safely through death
to everlasting happiness with you.
Lead me, a sinner, to the banquet,
where you with your Son and Holy Spirit,
there is true and perfect light,
total fulfillment,
everlasting joy,
gladness without end
and perfect happiness for your saints.
Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: Thomas Aquinas, 13th Century

Source of this version: Freely modified from https://catholicexchange.com/5-prayers-of-thanksgiving-for-the-holy-eucharist

 

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Sarum Kyrie eleison. No. 9.

IX.

Maker of the world, King eternal, have mercy on us.

Fount of boundless pity, have mercy on us.

Drive away from us all that is harmful, have mercy on us.

Christ, the Light of the world, giver of life, have mercy on us.

Look on those wounded by the craft of the devil; have mercy on us.

You preserve those who believe on you, and you strengthen them, have mercy on us.

Your Father, you, and the Spirit proceeding from both, have mercy on us.

We know you to be one God, and three persons, have mercy on us.

Be present with us, O Counselor, that we may live in you, have mercy on us.

Source: The Sarum Missal in English, Part II, Alcuin Club Collections, No. XI

Sarum Kyrie eleison. No. 8.

VIII.

O Lord, maker of all creatures, have mercy on us.

Blot out our sins, and without ceasing have mercy on us.

Do not let humanity perish, which you have made, but in your pity, have mercy on us.

O Christ, only Son of the Father, born of a virgin, have mercy on us.

By your blood you saved a lost world from death, have mercy on us.

Hear the prayers of those who now call on you,  have mercy on us.

Kindly Spirit, fill us with your grace, have mercy on us.

You procede continually from the Father and the Son, have mercy on us.

Holy Trinity, three in unity, adored together,  have mercy on us.

Free us from the bonds of our sins. Redeem us from death, have mercy on us.

Let us all now proclaim and sing your praise, O God, have mercy on us.

Source: The Sarum Missal in English, Part II, Alcuin Club Collections, No. XI

Sarum Kyrie eleison. No. 7.

VII.

Almighty King, God, creator of all things, have mercy on us.

Fountain and source of all good, light everlasting, have mercy on us.

O good ruler, let your loving-kindness save us, and have mercy on us.

O Christ, the brightness of God, the strength and wisdom of the Father, have mercy on us.

You made humanity in your image, and you restored us when we fell, have mercy on us.

Do not condemn the work of your hands, Jesus, have mercy on us.

Holy Spirit of the Father and the Son, the bond of love, have mercy on us.

Kindling fire, proceeding from the Father and the Son, fountain of life, purifying force, have mercy on us.

Purger of sin, most excellent bestower of pardon,
blot out our offences, enlighten us with your holy gifts,
O gracious Spirit, have mercy on us.

Source: The Sarum Missal in English, Part II, Alcuin Club Collections, No. XI

Sarum Kyrie eleison. No. 6.

VI. On Holy Cross Day especially.

O Light, source of the highest light, God over all, have mercy on us. 

All things came to be at your command, have mercy on us.

You alone can have mercy, have mercy on us.

Redeemer of humanity and our salvation, have mercy on us.

By your cross you redeemed us from everlasting death, have mercy on us.

You are the Word of the Father, the author of mercy, and the Light of truth, have mercy on us.

O Counselor, Holy Spirit, God, have mercy on us.

You are our compassionate physician, have mercy on us.

O Holy Trinity and unity, always, have mercy on us.

Source: The Sarum Missal in English, Part II, Alcuin Club Collections, No. XI

Sarum Kyrie eleison. No. 5.

V. On the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels especially.

O Lord, King of glory in the fortress of heaven, hail forevermore, and in your loving-kindness, have mercy on us.

The chanting hosts of cherubim proclaim your praise continually, have mercy on us.

The companies of seraphim on high shout to each other in your praise, have mercy on us.

O Christ, King enthroned on high, whom the ranks of the angels sing in endless praise, have mercy on us.

O Christ, whom the one only Church throughout the whole world sings out, sun and moon, stars, earth, sea: and to whom they evermore do service, have mercy on us.

All the saints, heirs of the glorious eternal kingdom, triumphantly proclaim you in noble strains, have mercy on us.

O gracious offspring of the loving virgin Mary, King of kings, blessed Redeemer, you ransomed us from the power of death by your own blood, have mercy on us.

Most illustrious, unbegotten,  begotten already without beginning, and without effort excelling all things, have mercy on us.

O Sun of brilliant glory, dispenser of justice, when you judge all nations, we earnestly pray, in pity, have mercy on us.

Source: The Sarum Missal in English, Part II, Alcuin Club Collections, No. XI