MOST SACRED HEART | PRAYERS

HOLY COMMUNION

(1 Corinthians 11:27-29) “Therefore whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord.”

O Jesus! I would rather die a thousand times than ever approach Thy sacred table unworthily. Before seating myself at the banquet of angels, I will prove and purify myself from all stains; then, Lord, Thou wilt descend into my soul, reign over it with joy, and find there Thy delights. Amen.

AN ACT OF CONTRITION BEFORE COMMUNION

O my God! I am most heartily sorry for having offended thee, because thou art infinitely good, infinitely amiable, and sin displeases thee in the highest degree; I make a firm resolution, with the help of thy grace, never more to offend thee. I hope for pardon of my sins, through the merits of the passion and death of thy Son, our Lord, and purpose to confess them, and amend my life.

AN ACT OF THANKSGIVING AFTER COMMUNION

I return thee infinite thanks, O my God, for permitting me to be present at this holy sacrifice, in preference to so many others more worthy of so great a favour: and I hope that through thy great mercy, thou wilt pardon me the faults which I have here committed either by my lukewarmness, or by my inattention. I leave thy holy Sanctuary, but I will remember, through the course of the week, what thou hast here done for me; and I shall endeavour that no thought, word, or action of mine deprive me of the advantages of which I have now been a partaker. Amen.

AN ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

O merciful God, and sweet Saviour Jesus, who here art come for my sake, and givest thyself to me for daily food, and for the relief of all my necessities; my own unworthiness forbids me, O Lord, to receive thee sacramentally; yet since without thee, who art the true food of my soul, I cannot live, I humbly beseech thee to refresh me spiritually; and make me partaker of that grace which thou bestowest on all who devoutly and worthily receive thee. O good Jesus! despise me not, but vouchsafe to visit thy servant, and by thy presence to work and perfect all the effects and virtues of thy sacrament in me; to thy honour, O my God, and the eternal salvation of my soul. Amen.

A PRAYER FOR THE ANNIVERSARY OF THE FIRST COMMUNION

I have not forgotten, O my God! the invaluable happiness which I enjoyed, on the day I received, for the first time, the adorable Sacrament of thy Body and Blood. Penetrated with the sincerest gratitude for all the graces thou didst then bestow on me, I once more most humbly and fervently thank thy infinite goodness for them. As I never could thank thee sufficiently, for such a favour, I offer thee thy own adorable Heart to supply the insufficiency of my gratitude and love. O Divine Heart of Jesus, laid open for me on the cross, that I may at all times find a refuge in thee, receive again my desire and my promises to live for thee alone. Alas, my God! I made thee at that time the same promises, and I have ungratefully broken them. Pardon, O Lord, my ingratitude and inconstancy. Accept this my new resolution, and strengthen my weakness, that I may henceforth co-operate with thy grace, and receive thee with an increase of faith, hope, love, contempt of myself and exaltation of thee. In thy sacred Heart, O Jesus! I place my resolutions, particularly those of suffering all that can be endured, rather than to offend thee mortally, and of making all necessary efforts to correct my habitual faults. I most humbly implore through thy divine Heart, and the intercession of thy Blessed Mother, the grace to persevere in these my purposes. Amen.

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