A Communion Thanksgiving Prayer

old_sarum_cathedral_reconstructionO almighty and everlasting Lord God,
Jesus Christ our Lord,
be merciful to me,
and forgive my sins,
through the partaking of your most blessed body and blood;
for you have spoken, saying:
“Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood,
abides in me, and I in him.”

Therefore create in me a clean heart,
and renew a right spirit within me;
and uphold me with your free Spirit,
and deliver me from all the snares
and malice of the devil;
that I may share in the joys of heaven.
Amen.

Source: Sarum Rite

Source of this version: http://www.catholicliturgy.com/index.cfm/FuseAction/Prayer/Index/100/PrayerIndex/30

Traditional English:

O almighty and everlasting Lord God, Jesus Christ our Lord, be merciful unto my sins, through the partaking of Thy most blessed Body and Blood; for Thou hast spoken, saying: He that eateth My Flesh and drinketh My Blood, abideth in Me, and I in him.

Wherefore I humbly beseech Thee to create in me a clean heart, and renew a rightful spirit within me; and deign to establish me with Thy free Spirit, and to deliver me from all the snares and malice of the devil; that I may be found worthy to have a share in the joys of heaven. Amen.

“Whoever eats my flesh” is a reference to John 6:54 and refers to taking in everything Jesus is and says, not only his body and blood in the Lord’s Supper. Jesus spoke the words some time before the Supper was instituted.

As a block paragraph, modified for use in corporate worship, reference to John 6 removed to avoid confusion:

O almighty and everlasting Lord God, Jesus Christ our Lord, be merciful to us and forgive our sins through the partaking of your most blessed body and blood. Create in us clean hearts and renew right spirits within us. Uphold us with your free Spirit and deliver us from all the snares and malice of the devil that we may share in the joys of heaven. You live and reign, now and forever. Amen. 

“Create in me a clean heart…” is a reference to Psalm 51:10-12

Graphic: Model of Old Sarum (Salisbury) Cathedral, Wikipedia.com

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I Come to You at Your Holy Table

800px-lucas_cranach_d-c384-_-_martin_luther2c_1528_28veste_coburg29_28cropped29Dear God and Father,
it is altogether true
that I am not worthy
that you should come under my roof,
but at your own command and invitation
I come to you at your holy table.
I fully and firmly believe
that you have mercifully forgiven my sins.
Preserve me in faith
and in unbroken communion with you.
I do not doubt your word of power.
You have fulfilled it in me,
a poor wretched sinner,
to your glory.
Amen.

Source: Martin Luther

Source of this version: Freely modified The Hymnal and Order of Service, The Evangelical Lutheran Augustana Synod, 1925, p. 682 #1

This prayer is similar to prayer 158 in Luther’s Prayers, Augsburg Publishing House, © 1967

This prayer paraphrases Matthew 8:8 and is similar to a prayer in the Latin Mass, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” See this article in America: National Catholic Review about the return of the prayer  in the most recent revision of the Mass.

See also “Say the Word and I Shall Be Healed” by Wilhelm Löhe.

 

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Say the Word and I Shall Be Healed!

wilhelm_loeheLord Jesus Christ,
I am not worthy that you should enter my sinful heart,
yet you know my poverty and need.
I desire your presence
to nourish, comfort and strengthen my poor soul.
Say the word and I shall be healed!
Amen.

Source: Wilhelm Löhe. Freely adapted from Seed Grains of Prayer, A Manual for Evangelical Christians, Wartburg Press, Chicago, 1914 (#89)

This prayer paraphrases Matthew 8:8 and is similar to a prayer in the Latin Mass, “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.” See this article in America: National Catholic Review about the return of the prayer  in the most recent revision of the Mass.

See also “I Come to You at Your Holy Table” attributed to Martin Luther.

 

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Strengthen and Assure Us until Life’s Journey Ends

wilhelm_loeheLord Jesus Christ,
our only comfort, our hope,
our righteousness, our strength and sure defense,
kindle in our hearts a desire, hunger and thirst
for the eternal food of the soul,
your true body and blood,
that we may gladly and frequently receive the Sacrament,
knowing our sins, but relying on you
to strengthen and assure us until life’s journey ends
and we come to you in the true Fatherland,
to see you face to face
and dwell with you through all eternity.
Amen.

Source: Wilhelm Löhe. Freely adapted from Seed Grains of Prayer, A Manual for Evangelical Christians, Wartburg Press, Chicago, 1914 (#88)

 

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A Communion Prayer

Glory be to you O Jesus, my Lord, and my God,
for thus feeding my Soul,
with your most blessed body and blood,
O let your heavenly food transfuse new life,
and new vigor into my soul,
and into the souls of all that commune with me,
that our faith may daily increase,
that we may all grow more humble,
and contrite for our sins,
that we may all love you, and serve you,
and delight in you, and praise you,
more servantly, more unceasingly,
then ever we have done heretofore!
Amen, Amen.

Source: Thomas Ken

Source of this version: http://www.prayer-and-prayers.info/catholic-prayers/prayer-after-communion.htm

Also found here: http://forwardministryonline.com/prayerbookcontents/eucharisticdevotions/aftercommunionken.html

And here: http://anglicanhistory.org/ken/manual.html

Original in traditional English:

Glory be to thee O Jesus,
my Lord, and my God,
for thus feeding my soul,
with thy most blessed body and blood;
O let thy heavenly food transfuse new life,
and new vigour into my soul,
and into the souls of all that communicate with me,
that our faith may daily increase,
that we may all grow more humble,
and contrite for our sins,
that we may all love thee, and serve thee,
and delight in thee, and praise thee,
more servantly, more incessantly,
than ever we have done heretofore. Amen.

Variant:

…more fervently, more incessantly,

Strengthen Our Hands

Strengthen, O Lord, the hands that have taken holy things,
that they may daily bring forth fruit to your glory.
Grant, O Lord, that the lips which have sung your praises within the sanctuary
may glorify you forever;
that the ears which have heard the voice of your Son
may be closed to the voice of clamor and dispute;
that the eyes which have seen your great love,
may also behold your blessed hope.
Grant that the feet that have trodden your holy courts
may ever walk in the light;
that the souls and bodies, which have received your body and blood,
may ever be restored.

Source: Liturgy of Malabar

Source of this version: Modified from http://www.htj.org.uk/content/pages/documents/1424881581.pdf

Also found here: The Oxford Book of Prayer, ed. Appleton, © 1985, 1992

Variant:

Hear the prayer of your people, O Lord, that the lips which have praised you here may glorify you in the world, that the eyes which have seen the coming of your Son may long for his coming again, and that all who have received in his true body and blood the pledge of your forgiveness may be restored to live a new and holy life, through Jesus Christ, our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.

This shortened variant of the prayer is from Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal, © 1993 Northwestern Publishing House, Milwaukee, Wisc. U.S.A., Service of Word and Sacrament, p. 36

Closing Prayer for Holy (Maundy) Thursday

This prayer may be used in place of the prayers “We give thanks, almighty God,…” “O God the Father, source of all goodness…” in the Common Service or “Hear the prayers of your people…” in the Service of Word and Sacrament in Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal.

CLOSING PRAYER

Lord Jesus Christ, on the night before you suffered, you showed your disciples the extent of your love, you gave them this sacrament of forgiveness and remembrance, and you promised them that you would drink it again with them in your Father’s kingdom. As we have partaken of this sacrament, show us your love in your words of invitation, restore our joy in the forgiveness you have won by your death and resurrection, and give us hope in the promise you have given of a feast to come. In this sacrament, live and rule in us, even as you live and rule with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.
Amen.

Formatted as poetry:

Lord Jesus Christ,
on the night before you suffered,
you showed your disciples the extent of your love,
you gave them this sacrament of forgiveness and remembrance,
and you promised them that you would drink it again with them
in your Father’s kingdom.
As we have partaken of this sacrament,
show us your love in your words of invitation,
restore our joy in the forgiveness you have won by your death
and resurrection,
and give us hope in the promise you have given of a feast to
come.
In this sacrament,
live and rule in us,
even as you live and rule with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever.

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