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Prayer before Eucharistic Mass

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Almighty and ever-living God, I approach the sacrament of your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. I come sick to the doctor of life, unclean to the fountain of mercy, blind to the radiance of eternal light, and needy to the Lord of heaven and earth. Lord, in your great generosity, heal my sickness, wash away my defilement, enlighten my blindness, enrich my poverty, and clothe my nakedness. May I receive the bread of angels the King of kings and the Lord of lords, with such humility and reverence, such contrition and devotion, such purity and faith, and such resolve and determination as may secure my soul’s salvation. Grant as I may receive not only the visible sign of the Lord’s Body and Blood but also all the reality and power of the sacrament. Grant, most kind God, that I may receive the Body of your only begotten Son, which he received from the Virgin Mary, and so be received into His mystical body and numbered among his members. 

O most loving Father, grant me your beloved Son. While on this earthly pilgrimage, I receive him under the veil of a sacrament; so, may I come at last to see him face to face for all eternity. For he lives and reigns with you forever and ever. Amen. 

O Sacrum Convivium by Aquinas

O sacred banquet, in which Christ is received, the memory of his Passion is renewed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.

Formula of Intent

My intention is to celebrate Mass

and to consecrate the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ

according to the Rite of Holy Roman Church,

to the praise of almighty God

and all the Church triumphant,

for my good

and that of all the Church militant,

for all who have commended themselves to my prayers

in general and in particular,

and for the welfare of Holy Roman Church.


Saint Ambrose

O loving Lord Jesus Christ, I, a sinner, not presuming on my own merits, but trusting in Your mercy and goodness, with fear and awe approach the table of Your most sacred banquet. For I have stained both my heart and body with many sins, and have not kept a strict guard over my mind and tongue. Wherefore, O gracious God, O awful majesty, I, a wretched creature, entangled in difficulties, have recourse to You, the fount of mercy; to You I fly for healing and take refuge under Your protection, and I ardently desire to have Him as my Savior whom I am unable to face as my Judge. To You, Lord, I show my wounds, to You I lay bare my shame. I know that my sins are many and great and, on their account, I am filled with fear. But I trust in Your mercy, which is endless.

Look down on me, therefore, with the eyes of mercy, Lord Jesus Christ, eternal King, God and Man, crucified for men. Hear me, for my hope is in You; have mercy on me, for I am full of sin and wretchedness, You who never cease to let flow the fountain of mercy.

Hail Victim of Salvation, offered for me and for all mankind on the tree of the cross. Hail, noble and precious Blood, flowing from the wounds of my crucified Lord Jesus Christ washing away the sins of the whole world. Remember, Lord, Your creature, whom You have redeemed with Your Blood. I am grieved because I have sinned. I desire to make amends for what I have done. Take away from me, therefore, O most merciful Father, all my iniquities and my sins, that, being purified both in soul and body, I may worthily partake of the Holy of Holies; and grant that this holy oblation of Your Body and Blood, of which though unworthy I purpose to partake, may be to me the remission of my sins, the perfect cleansing of all my offenses, the means of driving away all evil thoughts and of renewing all holy desires, the accomplishment of works pleasing to You, as well as the strongest defense for soul and body against the snares of my enemies. Amen

Act of Spiritual Communion [if Unable to receive the Eucharist]

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.  I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.  Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen. 

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Prayer After Eucharistic Mass

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Almighty and ever-living God, I thank You, for even though I am a sinner, your unprofitable servant, not because of my worth but in the kindness of your mercy, You have fed me with the Precious Body & 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 the 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. And I pray that You will lead me, a sinner, to the banquet where you, with Your Son and holy Spirit, are true and perfect light, total fulfillment, everlasting joy, gladness without end, and perfect happiness to your saints. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Saint Bonaventure

Pierce, O most sweet Lord Jesus, my inmost soul with the most joyous and healthful wound of Thy love, and with true, calm and most holy apostolic charity, that my soul may ever languish and melt with entire love and longing for Thee, may yearn for Thee and for thy courts, may long to be dissolved and to be with Thee.  Grant that my soul may hunger after Thee, the Bread of Angels, the refreshment of holy souls, our daily and super substantial bread, having all sweetness and savor and every delightful taste.  May my heart ever hunger after and feed upon Thee, Whom the angels desire to look upon, and may my inmost soul be filled with the sweetness of Thy savor; may it ever thirst for Thee, the fountain of life, the fountain of wisdom and knowledge, the fountain of eternal light, the torrent of pleasure, the fullness of the house of God;  may it ever compass Thee, seek Thee, find Thee, run to Thee, come up to Thee, meditate on Thee, speak of Thee, and do all for the praise and glory of Thy name, with humility and discretion, with love and delight, with ease and affection, with perseverance to the end; and be Thou alone ever my hope, my entire confidence, my riches, my delight, my pleasure, my joy, my rest and tranquility, my peace, my sweetness, my food, my refreshment, my refuge, my help, my wisdom, my portion, my possession, my treasure; in Whom may my mind and my heart be ever fixed and firm and rooted immovably. Amen.

Prayer to the Blessed Virgen Mary

O Mary, most holy Virgin and Mother, behold, I have received thy most beloved Son, Jesus Christ, whom thou conceived in thy spotless womb, bore, nursed, and held with thy sweet embraces. Behold Him at whose sight thou will rejoice and be filled with every delight. With love I humbly return Him and offer Him to thee, to hold once more, to love with all thy heart, and to offer to the Holy Trinity as our supreme act of worship for thy honor and glory and for my good and the good of all the world. Therefore, I ask thee, most loving Mother, to ask God for forgiveness of all my sins, abundant graces to help me serve Him more faithfully, and for that final grace that I may praise Him with thee for ever and ever. Amen.

Prayer to Saint Joseph

O Guardian of virgins and father, Saint Joseph, to whose faithful custody Innocence itself, Christ Jesus, and Mary, Virgin of virgins, was committed; I pray and beseech thee by each of these dear pledges, Jesus and Mary, that, being preserved from all uncleanness, I may with spotless mind, pure heart, and a chaste body, ever serve Jesus and Mary most chastely all the days of my life. Amen.

The Universal Prayer Attributed to Pope Clement XI

My God, I believe in You; strengthen my faith. All my hopes are in You; secure them. I love You; teach me to love you daily more and more. I am sorry that I have offended You; increase my sorrow. I adore you as the Author of my first beginning. I aspire after you as my last end. I give you thanks as my constant Benefactor, I call upon you as my sovereign Protector. My God, be pleased to conduct me by your wisdom; to restrain me by the thought of Your justice; to comfort me by Your mercy; to defend me by Your power. To You I desire to consecrate all my thoughts, words, deeds, and suffering, that henceforth I may think of you, speak of you, refer all my actions to Your greater glory, and suffer willingly whatever You shall appoint. Lord, I desire that in all things Your Will be done, because it is Your Will, and I desire that all things be done in the manner that You will them. Grant that I may always esteem whatsoever is pleasing to You, despise what You abhor, avoid what You forbid, and do what you command. I beg You to enlighten my understanding, to inflame my will, to purify my body, and to sanctify my soul. My God, give me strength to atone for my sins, to overcome my temptations, to subdue my passions, and to acquire the virtues proper to my state of life. Fill my heart with tender affection for Your goodness, hatred of my faults, love of my neighbor, and contempt of the world. May Your grace help me to be obedient to my superiors, kind and courteous to my inferiors, faithful to my friends, and charitable to my enemies. Assist me to overcome sensuality by self-sacrifice, avarice by alms deeds, anger by meekness, and carelessness by devotion. My God, make me prudent in my undertakings, courageous in danger, patient in trials, and humble in success. Grant that I may be ever attentive at my prayers, temperate at my meals, diligent in my work, and faithful in my good resolutions. Let my conscience be ever upright and pure, my behavior modest, my conversation kind, and my actions edifying. Assist me that I may continually strive to overcome the evil inclinations of my nature, to cooperate with Your grace, to keep Your commandments, and to work out my salvation. My God, make me realize the nothingness of this world, the greatness of heaven, the shortness of time, and the length of eternity. Grant that I may prepare for death; that I may fear Your judgment; that I may escape hell and, in the end, obtain heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. 


Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, behold us prostrate in your divine presence. We humble ourselves profoundly and beg you to forgive our sins. We adore you, Almighty Father, and with hearts overflowing we thank you that you have given us your divine Son Jesus to be our Redeemer, and that he bequeathed himself to us in the most holy Eucharist even to the end of the world, revealing to us the wondrous love of his heart in this mystery of faith and love. 

Glory be...

O Word of God, Jesus our Redeemer, we adore you and with hearts overflowing we thank you for having taken human flesh upon yourself and having become both Priest and Victim in the sacrifice of the Cross, for our redemption: a sacrifice which, through the overflowing love of your Sacred Heart, you renew upon our altars every moment. O High Priest, divine Victim, give us the grace to honor your holy sacrifice in the most sacred Eucharist with the homage of Mary most holy and of all your holy Church, triumphant, suffering and militant. We offer ourselves wholly to you; of your infinite goodness and mercy accept our offering, unite it to your own and grant us your blessings.

Glory be...

O Divine Spirit the Paraclete, we adore you and with hearts overflowing we give you thanks that you have, with such great love for us, brought about the ineffable blessings of the Incarnation of the Word of God, a blessing which is being continually extended and enlarged in the most holy Sacrament of the Eucharist. By this adorable mystery of love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, grant to us and all poor sinners your holy grace. Pour forth your holy gifts upon us and upon all redeemed souls, and in an especial manner upon the visible head of the Church, the Pope, upon all Cardinals, Bishops and Pastors of souls, upon priests, deacons and all other ministers of your sanctuary, upon those in the religious and consecrated life, and all your people. Amen. 

Glory be...

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