The Importance of Prayer After Mass and Communion
One of the most significant moments of the Mass (if not the most significant moment) is our reception of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament at Holy Communion.
It is a deeply intimate moment in which Our Lord desires to pour forth many graces into our souls and, therefore, it is a time in which the Evil One does everything in his power to distract us from deep, intimate prayer.
So as to counteract these spiritual attacks it can be of great benefit to pray one of the many beautifully written traditional prayers for after Mass and Communion.
Here are 9 beautiful prayers you can pray after Mass or after receiving Holy Communion:
1. Anima Christi by St. Ignatius of Loyola
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.
Separated from Thee let me never be.
From the malignant enemy, defend me.
At the hour of death, call me.
And close to Thee bid me. That with Thy saints I may be Praising Thee, forever and ever. Amen.
2. Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas After Communion
Lord, Father 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 & 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, Amen.
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3. Prayer of St. Padre Pio after Communion
Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You. You know how easily I abandon You.
Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak and I need Your strength, that I may not fall so often.
Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life, and without You, I am without fervor.
Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light, and without You, I am in darkness.
Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will.
Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice and follow You.
Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You very much, and always be in Your company.
Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You.
Stay with me, Lord, for as poor as my soul is, I want it to be a place of consolation for You, a nest of love.
Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late and the day is coming to a close, and life passes; death, judgment, eternity approaches. It is necessary to renew my strength, so that I will not stop along the way and for that, I need You. It is getting late and death approaches, I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows. O how I need You, my Jesus, in this night of exile!
Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all it’s dangers. I need You.
Let me recognize You as Your disciples did at the breaking of the bread, so that the Eucharistic Communion be the Light which disperses the darkness, the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart.
Stay with me, Lord, because at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to You, if not by communion, at least by grace and love.
Stay with me, Jesus, I do not ask for divine consolation, because I do not merit it, but the gift of Your Presence, oh yes, I ask this of You!
Stay with me, Lord, for it is You alone I look for, Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart, Your Spirit, because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You more and more.
With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity. Amen.
4. Prayer to Jesus Crucified after Communion
Most loving Jesus, humbly kneeling before You, still remaining in spirit before Your Eucharistic Presence, I adore You profoundly.
I thank You for having united me with You in Holy Communion, and for allowing me the incomparable sublime privilege of being able to speak to You in heart to heart conversation.
United to the Immaculate Heart of Your holy Mother, and under her motherly gaze, I offer You, my sweetest Jesus, the homage of my adoration, thankful praise for Your loving condescension in coming to me, and reparation for my unfaithfulness, my lack of correspondence, my tepidity, negligence, faults, and deliberate sins.
Heart of Jesus, Whose Blood has cleansed me, purify me still more; Heart of Jesus, Whose Flesh has nourished me, transform me completely into Yourself; Heart of Jesus, Vessel and Temple of the Holy Spirit, impress upon my poor heart all the virtues found in Your own Heart.
Make my heart like unto Yours! And set my heart afire with that pure flame of love which ever burns in Your own Heart.
O Jesus, dwell ever in my heart! Keep me faithful to You till death. Grant that I may love You ardently, and serve You perfectly, for time and all eternity. Amen.
5. Prayer to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament by St. Alphonsus Ligouri
O My Lord Jesus Christ, who for the love YOU bear mankind, remain night and day in this Blessed Sacrament, all full of tenderness and love, expecting, inviting and receiving all those who come to visit You, I believe that You are present in the Sacrament of the altar;
I adore You from the depths of my own nothingness and thank You for all favors You have bestowed upon me, especially for having given me Yourself in this Sacrament, and Your most holy Mother Mary as my advocate, and for having called me to visit You in this church.
I pay my homage this day to Your most loving Heart, and this I intend to do for three intentions:
first, in thanksgiving for this great gift;
secondly, in reparation for all the insults You have received from Your enemies in this Sacrament;
thirdly, by this visit I intend to adore You in all places upon earth, where you are at least adored and most neglected in Your Sacrament.
My Jesus, I love You with my whole heart. I repent of having in the past so many times displeased Your infinite goodness. I propose with the help of Your grace never more to offend You in the future; and at this moment, wretched as I am, I consecrate myself wholly to You.
I give to You and utterly renounce my entire will, all my affections, all my desires, and all that I possess. From this day forth, do with me and with al that is mine whatever is pleasing in Your Will.
I recommend You the souls in Purgatory, especially those who were most devoted to this Blessed Sacrament, and to the Blessed Virgin Mary; I commend to You in like manner all poor sinners.
Finally, my dear Savior, I unite all my affections with those of Your most loving Heart, and thus united I offer them to Your eternal Father, and I pray Him in Your name graciously to accept and answer them for love of You. Amen!
6. Prayer of St. Faustina before the Blessed Sacrament
Jesus, I trust in You! Jesus, I trust in You! Jesus, I trust in You!
O Divine Ocean of Mercy, O God, who manifest Your infinite tenderness especially to sinners, to the weak and to those who suffer and are humbled, I come before You with trust and I implore Your mercy for myself—that my heart may be profoundly humbled—for all the poor sinners, for the afflicted, the dying, and the abandoned.
O Jesus, Friend to the lonely soul, longing for You’s companionship, I lay before Your throne of mercy my praise, my thanksgiving, my petitions, and my love.
I unite everything with the offering of Your Most Precious Body and Blood. O Merciful God, I cast all sinners into Your ocean of mercy, begging You to take pity on all the poor, abandoned, and sorrowful.
Abba, Eternal Father, look with mercy upon all the poor, suffering prisoners, the sick and the dying, the lepers and paralytics, and all who are poor or abandoned. Grant them Your consolation, light, strength and peace. Amen.
7. Simple Prayer of Thanksgiving for the Eucharist
Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of Your Son in the Holy Eucharist.
I humbly adore You and offer my praise for this unfathomable mystery that continually nourishes and strengthens me to live in imitation of Christ.
Through participation in the Eucharist, deepen my faith, hope and love. Draw me into greater communion with You and Your Church.
Help me live courageously as Your disciple, now sent forth into the world to walk in Your light. I ask this in the name of Your Son Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
8. Litany of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Lord, have mercy. Response: Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. R: Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. R: Lord, have mercy.
Christ hear us. R. Lord, have mercy.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God, the son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Eternal High Priest of the Eucharistic Sacrifice, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Divine Victim on the altar for our salvation, have mercy on us.
Jesus, hidden under the appearance of bread, have mercy on us.
Jesus, dwelling in the tabernacles of the world, have mercy on us.
Jesus, really, truly, and substantially present in the Blessed Sacrament, have mercy on us.
Jesus, abiding in Your fullness, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, have mercy on us.
Jesus, Bread of Angels, have mercy on us.
Jesus, with us always until the end of the world, have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, summit and source of all worship and Christian life, have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, sign and cause of the unity of the Church, have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, adored by countless angels, have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, spiritual food, have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, Sacrament of love, have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, bond of charity, have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, greatest aid to holiness, have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, gift and glory of the priesthood, have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, in which we partake of Christ, have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, in which the soul is filled with grace, have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, in which we are given a pledge of future glory, have mercy on us.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
For those who do not believe in Your Eucharistic presence, have mercy, O Lord.
For those who are indifferent to the Sacrament of Your love, have mercy, O Lord.
For those who have offended You in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar, have mercy, O Lord.
That we may show fitting reverence when entering Your holy temple, we beseech You, hear us.
That we may make suitable preparation before approaching the Altar, we beseech You, hear us.
That we may receive You frequently in Holy Communion with real devotion and true humility, we beseech You, hear us.
That we may never neglect to thank You for so wonderful a blessing, we beseech You, hear us.
That we may cherish time spent in silent prayer before You, we beseech You, hear us.
That we may grow in knowledge of this Sacrament of sacraments, we beseech You, hear us.
That all priests may have a profound love of the Holy Eucharist, we beseech You, hear us.
That they may celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in accordance with its sublime dignity, we beseech You, hear us.
That we may be comforted and sanctified with Holy Viaticum at the hour of our death, we beseech You, hear us.
That we may see You one day face to face in Heaven, we beseech You, hear us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, O Lord.
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine.
Let us pray:
Most merciful Father, You continue to draw us to Yourself through the Eucharistic Mystery. Grant us fervent faith in this Sacrament of love, in which Christ the Lord Himself is contained, offered and received. We make this prayer through the same Christ our Lord. Amen.
9. Act of Reparation to the Blessed Sacrament
Most Holy Trinity — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — I adore You profoundly.
I offer You the most precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference by which He Himself is offended.
And through the infinite merits of His most Sacred Heart and those of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg of You the conversion of poor sinners. Amen.
The Power of Praying After Mass and Communion
Receiving Christ in the Eucharist is the most profound intimacy we can experience this side of heaven. Yet how often do we rush off after Mass, quickly leaving communion behind?
By pausing to pray after Mass, we allow the graces of the Eucharist to permeate, taking root in our hearts. As Jesus remains within us, we must linger with Him.
These moments of intimate prayer fortify us to live as tabernacles carrying Christ into the world. Prayer after communion centers us in the One we have received, drawing us into to deeper union with our Beloved and asking Him to transform our lives.
By taking the time to offer these prayers, we fully become what we have received – the Body of Christ.
How do you prepare yourself for Mass and Holy Communion?
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