Prayers before and after Mass
Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas
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.
Prayer of St. Gertrude the Great
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the Masses said throughout the world today. For all the Holy Souls in Purgatory. For sinners everywhere, for sinners in the Universal Church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.
Thanksgiving After Holy Communion
I thank You, Eternal Father, for giving me as the food of my soul, the Body and Blood of Your Only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. May this Divine Food preserve and increase the union of my soul with You. May it purify me by repressing every evil inclination. Grant that it may be to me a pledge of a glorious resurrection on the last day.
O Sacred Heart of Jesus, I love You with all my heart. I am sorry for ever having offended You, and I desire never to offend You again.
I devoutly adore You, O hidden God,
truly hidden beneath these appearances.
My whole heart submits to You
and in contemplating You
it surrenders itself completely.
Sight, touch, taste are all deceived
in their judgment of You,
but hearing suffices firmly to believe.
I believe all that the Son of God has spoken:
there is nothing truer than this word of Truth.
On the Cross only the Divinity was hidden,
but here the Humanity is also hidden,
I believe and confess both
and I ask for what the repentant thief asked.
I do not see the wounds as Thomas did,
but I confess that You are my God.
Make me believe more and more in You,
hope in You, and love You.
O Memorial of our Lord’s death!
Living Bread that gives life to man,
grant my soul to live on You
and always to savor Your sweetness.
Lord Jesus, good Pelican,
wash me clean with Your Blood,
one drop of which can free
the entire world of sins.
Jesus, whom now I see hidden,
I ask You to fulfill what I so desire:
that on seeing You face to face,
I may be happy in seeing Your Glory. Amen.
Prayers after Mass
Prayer to Jesus Christ Crucified
My good and dear Jesus, I kneel before You, asking You most
earnestly to engrave upon my heart a deep and lively faith, hope, and
charity, with true repentance for my sins, and a firm resolve to make amends. As I reflect upon Your five wounds, and dwell upon them with deep compassion and grief, I recall, good Jesus, the words the prophet
David spoke long ago concerning You: “They have pierced My hands and My feet, they have counted all My bones!” (Ps 21:17)
Prayer to the Virgin Mary
Mary, Holy Virgin Mother, I have received your Son, Jesus Christ. With love you became His mother, gave birth to Him, nursed Him, and helped Him grow to manhood. With love I return Him to you, to hold once more, to love with all your heart, and to offer to the Holy Trinity as our supreme act of worship for your honor and for the good of all our
pilgrim brothers and sisters.
Mother, ask God to forgive my sins and to help me serve Him more faithfully. Keep me true to Christ until death, and let me come to praise Him with you forever and ever. Amen.
Prayer to St. Joseph
St. Joseph, father and guardian of virgins, to whose faithful
keeping Christ Jesus, Innocence Itself, and Mary, the Virgin of virgins, were entrusted, I pray and beseech you by that twofold and most precious charge, by Jesus and Mary, to save me from all uncleanness, to keep my mind untainted, my heart pure, and my body chaste; and to help me always serve Jesus and Mary in perfect chastity. Amen.
Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my
understanding, and my entire will, all that I have and possess. You have given all to me. To You, O Lord, I return it. All is Yours, dispose of it wholly according to Your will. Give me Your love and Your grace, for this is sufficient for me. Amen.
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 Thy wounds hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.
From the malignant enemy, defend me.
In the hour of my death, call me,
and bid me come to Thee, that with Thy saints
I may praise Thee, forever and ever. Amen.