Prayers Before the Eucharist

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Pope Francis Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me. Body of Christ, save me. Blood of Christ, inebriate me. Water from the side of Christ, wash me. Passion of Christ, strengthen me. O good Jesus, hear me. Within your wounds hide me. Permit not to be separated from you. From the malicious enemy defend me. In the hour of my death call to me. And bid me come to you, that with your saints I may praise you forever and ever. Amen.

Adore Te Devote

I adore you devoutly, Godhead unseen, who truly lies hidden under these sacramental forms. My soul surrenders itself to you without reserve, for in contemplating you it is completely overwhelmed. Sight, touch, and taste are no guide in finding you, and only hearing is a sure guide for our faith. I believe everything that the Son of God has said, and nothing can be truer than his Word of truth. Only the Godhead was hidden on the Cross, but here the humanity is hidden as well. Yet I believe and acknowledge them both and make the same request as the repentant thief. I do not see the marks of the wounds, as Thomas did, and yet I, too, own you as “My God.” Grant that I believe in you more and more that I put my hope in you and that I love you. Living Bread that ever recalls the Lord’s death and gives life to his servants, grant to my soul to always live by you and always to taste your sweetness. Lord Jesus, loving Pelican of heaven*, cleanse me, a sinner with your Blood; and a single drop can save the whole world from all its sin. Jesus, as I look on your veiled presence, I pray that what I long for so ardently may come about, and that I may see your face unveiled and be happy in your vision of Glory

– Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

* A pelican is an ancient symbol of the eucharistic Lord. It was believed that in times of want, a mother pelican would feed her children with her own blood.