Sunday, July 29, 2007

Prayer before receiving communion

~by St. Thomas Aquinas

Almighty and eternal God, behold, I approach the sacrament of Thine only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. I approach as one who is sick to the physician of life, as one unclean to the fountain of mercy, as one blind to the light of eternal brightness, as one poor and needy to the Lord of heaven and earth. Therefore I beseech Thee, of Thine infinite goodness, to heal my sickness, to wash away my filth, to enlighten my blindness, to enrich my poverty, and to clothe my nakedness, that I may receive the Bread of Angels, the King of Kings, and the Lord of Lords with such reverence and humility, with such contrition and devotion, with such purity and faith, with such purpose and intention, as may conduce to the salvation of my soul.

Grant, I beseech Thee, that I may receive not only the sacrament of the Body and Blood of our Lord, but also the fruit and virtue of this sacrament. O most indulgent God, grant me so to receive the Body of Thine only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, which He took of the Virgin Mary, that I may be found worthy to be incorporated with His mystical body and numbered among His members.

O most loving Father, grant that I may one day contemplate forever, face to face, Thy beloved Son, Whom now on my pilgrimage I am about to receive under the sacramental veils; Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.


Anonymous said...

Thank you, Argent, for all the beauty found on your blog. I will use this most sublime prayer later today. It's only by emptying ourselves to our Lord Jesus Christ, as this prayer leads us to do, that we receive the fullness of His riches.

What vast treasures are to be found in our faith! It is so startling to realize that after Vatican II all this has been so locked away and hidden. But with the Internet and the working of the Holy Spirit, it is all being uncovered, shared. You are building the Kingdom on earth with your blog. May God continue to bless us with the fruits of your energy and apprehension of all that is good and beautiful.

Argent said...

Dear Anonymous,

Thank you for your lovely words. There are times when the darkness that creeps about us can be stifling at the very least. Then one remembers St. Paul's words: Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

So we try to shed a little light on our patch of earth and witness to Truth and Beauty who is a Person...the ground of our being.

God bless.