Prayers for all Occasions, Needs, and Intentions
Preparation for Mass and Thanksgiving after Mass
PREPARATION FOR MASS
Christ, I approach
your banquet table
in fear and trembling, for I am a sinner, and dare not rely on my
own worth but only on your goodness and mercy.
I am defiled by many sins in body and soul, and by my
unguarded thoughts and words.
Gracious God of majesty and awe, I seek your protection, I look for your healing. Poor troubled sinner that I am, I appeal to you, the fountain of all mercy. mercy. I cannot bear your judgment, but I trust in your salvation.
Lord, I show my wounds to you and uncover my shame before you. I know my sins are many and great, and they fill me with fear, but I hope in your mercies, for they cannot be numbered.
Christ, eternal king, God and man, crucified for mankind, look upon me
with mercy and hear my prayer, for I trust in you. Have mercy on me, full
of sorrow and sin, for the depth of your compassion never ends.
Praise to you, saving sacrifice, offered on the wood of the cross for me and for all mankind. Praise to the noble and precious blood, flowing from the wounds of my crucified Lord Jesus Christ and washing away the sins of the whole world.
Remember, Lord, your creature, whom you have redeemed with your blood. I repent my sins, and I long to put right what I have done. Merciful Father, take away all my offenses and sins; purify me in body and soul, and make me worthy to taste the holy of holies.
May your body
and blood, which I intend to receive, although I am unworthy, be for me
the remission of my sins, the washing away of my guilt, the end of my evil
thoughts, and the rebirth of my better instincts. May it incite me to do
the works pleasing to you and profitable to my health in body and soul,
and be a firm defense against the wiles of my enemies. Amen.
Prayer of St.
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, poor 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 Lord of lords, with humble reverence, with the purity and faith, the repentance and love, and the determined purpose that will help to bring me to salvation. May I receive the sacrament of the Lordís body and blood, and its reality and power.
Kind God, may I receive the body of your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, born from the womb of the Virgin Mary, and so be received into his mystical body and numbered among his members.
Father, as on my earthly pilgrimage I now receive your beloved Son under
the veil of a sacrament, may I one day see him face to face in glory, who
lives and reigns with you forever. Amen.
Prayer to the
mercy and love, blessed Virgin Mary, I am a poor and unworthy sinner, and
I turn to you in confidence and love. You stood by your Son as he hung
dying on the cross. Stand also by me, a poor sinner, and by all the
priests who are offering Mass today here and throughout the entire Church.
Help us to offer a perfect and acceptable sacrifice in the sight of the
holy and undivided Trinity, our most high God. Amen.
Statement of Intention
My purpose is
to celebrate Mass and to make present the body and blood of our Lord Jesus
Christ according to the rite of the holy Roman Church to the praise of our
all-powerful God and all his assembly in the glory of heaven, for my good
and the good of all his pilgrim Church on earth, and for all who have
asked me to pray for them in general and in particular, and for the good
of the holy Roman Church.
almighty and merciful Lord grant us joy and peace, amendment of life, room
for true repentance, the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit, and
perseverance in good works. Amen.
PRAYER OF ST.
all-powerful 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 and 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.
Prayer to our
Soul of Christ, make me holy.
Body of Christ, be my salvation.
Christ, let me drink your wine.
Water flowing from the side of Christ, wash me clean.
Christ, strengthen me.
hear my prayer; hide me within your wounds and keep me close to you.
Defend me from the evil enemy.
Call me at my
death to the fellowship of your saints, that I may sing your praise with
them through all eternity. Amen.
Prayer of self-education to Jesus Christ
Christ, take all my freedom, my memory, my understanding, and my will. All
that I have and cherish you have given me. I surrender it all to be guided
by your will. Your grace and your love are wealth enough for me. Give me
these, Lord Jesus, and I ask for nothing more. Amen.
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
yourself: they have pierced my hands and my feet, they have counted all my
to Pope Clement XI)
believe in you: increase my faith.
I trust in
you: strengthen my trust.
I love you:
let me love you more and more.
I am sorry
for my sins: deepen my sorrow.
I worship you
as my first beginning,
I long for
you as my last end,
I praise you as my constant helper,
and call on
you as my loving protector.
Guide me by your wisdom,
correct me with your justice,
comfort me with your mercy,
with your power.
I offer you, Lord, my thoughts: to be fixed on you;
my words: to have you for their theme;
my actions: to reflect my love for you;
sufferings: to be endured for your greater glory.
I want to do what you ask of me:
in the way you ask,
for as long
as you ask, because you ask it.
Lord, enlighten my understanding,
strengthen my will,
purify my heart,
and make me
Help me to repent of my past sins
and to resist temptation in the future.
Help me to rise above my human weaknesses
and to grow
stronger as a Christian.
Let me love you, my Lord and my God,
and see myself as I really am:
a pilgrim in this world,
a Christian called to respect and love
all whose lives I touch,
those in authority over me
or those under my authority,
and my enemies.
Help me to conquer anger with gentleness,
greed by generosity,
Help me to forget myself
and reach out
Make me prudent in planning,
courageous in taking risks.
Make me patient in suffering,
Keep me, Lord, attentive at prayer,
temperate in food and drink,
diligent in my work,
firm in my
Let my conscience be clear,
my conduct without fault,
blameless, my life well-ordered.
Put me on guard against my human weaknesses.
Let me cherish your love for me,
keep your law,
and come at
last to your salvation.
Teach me to realize that this world is passing,
that my true future is the happiness of heaven,
that life on earth is short,
and the life
to come eternal.
Help me to
prepare for death with a proper fear of judgment, but a greater trust in
your goodness. Lead me safely through death to the endless joy of heaven.
Prayer to the
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 your pilgrim brothers and sisters.
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.