For the Holy Communion

We thank you, our Father,
for that life which you have made known to us by Jesus your Son,
by whom you made all things,
and take care of the whole world.
You sent him to become man for our salvation.
You allowed him to suffer and to die.
You raised him up,
glorified him,
and have set him at your right hand,
and in him you have promised us the resurrection of the dead.
O Lord Almighty, eternal God,
gather together your Church from the ends of the earth into your kingdom,
as grain was once scattered,
and now has become one loaf.
Our Father,
we also thank you for the precious blood of Jesus Christ,
which was shed for us,
and for his precious body,
as himself appointed us,
“to proclaim his death.”
For through him glory is to be given to you forever. Amen.

Source: Apostolic Constitutions

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953

 

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For Joy and Gladness

Blessed are you, O Lord,
for you have nourished me from my youth
and you give food to all flesh.
Fill our hearts with joy and gladness
that we always have sufficiency in all things,
and may abound to every good work
in Christ Jesus our Lord;
through him be glory to you,
honor, might, majesty, and dominion,
forever and ever. Amen.

Source: The Clementine Liturgy

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953

 

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A Pure Heart

O God Almighty,
the Father of your Christ, your only Son,
give me a body undefiled,
a heart pure,
a watchful mind,
an unerring knowledge,
the influence of the Holy Spirit
for the obtaining and assured enjoying of the truth;
through your Christ,
by whom glory be to you in the Holy Spirit,
forever. Amen.

Source: The Clementine Liturgy

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953

 

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Joy and Gladness

Praise to you, O Lord,
for you have nourished us from youth
and you give food to all living things.
Fill our hearts with joy and gladness
and provide for all our needs,
that we may abound in every good work;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
To him, with you and the Holy Spirit
be glory, honor, might, majesty and dominion,
forever and ever.
Amen.

Source: Apostolic Constitutions

Source of this version: Freely modified from  Prayers of the Early Church,  ed.  J. Manning Potts,  The Upper Room, Nashville, Tennessee, © 1953 (Public domain in the U.S.)

“nourished us from youth” is a reference to Ecclesiasticus 50:22  (Apocrypha)

“give food to all living things.” is a reference to Psalm 145:16