Prayer/Prayer before Communion

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Prayer before Communion

O almighty, everlasting God, behold, I draw near to the Sacrament of Thine only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

I draw near, as a sick man to the Physician of life, as one defiled to the Fountain of mercy, as one blind to the Light of the Eternal Splendour, as one poor and needy to the Lord of Heaven and Earth.

Wherefore I implore the fullness of Thine infinite bounty that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to cure all my sickness, to wash away my defilement, to give light to my blindness, to enrich my poverty, and to clothe my nakedness, so that I may receive the Bread of Angels, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, with such contrition and devotion, such purity and faith, such purpose and intention, as may avail to the welfare and salvation of my soul.

Grant me, I beseech Thee to receive not only the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of my Lord, but also the very Reality and Substance of the Sacrament.

O most gracious God, grant me so to receive the Body of Thine only begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ that very body which He took of the Virgin Mary, that I may be truly incorporated into His mystical body, and so numbered among its members.

O most loving Father, grant me at last to behold unveiled and forevermore Thy beloved Son, Whom I propose in my pilgrimage to receive now beneath the veils of the Sacrament.

Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, forever and ever.

Amen


St. Thomas Aquinas

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