V. THANKSGIVING AFTER HOLY COMMUNION

If you find them helpful, you may want to use the following prayers during the silence after Holy Communion to thank God for the gift you have received.

Prayer to Jesus 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 bones!”

Soul of Christ

Soul of Christ, be my sanctification.

Body of Christ, be my salvation.

Blood of Christ, fill all my veins.

Water of Christ’s side, wash out my stains.

Passion of Christ, my comfort be.

O good Jesus, listen to me.

In thy wounds I fain would hide,

Ne’er to be parted from thy side,

Guard me, should the foe assail me.

Call me when my life shall fail me.

Bid me come to thee above,

With thy saints to sing thy love,

World without end. Amen.

Prayer to the Father

Father, you are my Lord and God, unbounded in holiness, power, and life, and I am your servant. Though weak and sinful, with no merits of my own to rely on, I thank you because out of sheer kindness you have fed me with the sacred body and blood of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

I pray that this holy Communion, far from condemning me to punishment, will plead effectively for my pardon. Let it be the armor of my faith and the shield of my good will. Let it purify me from my bad habits and put an end to my evil desires. Let it increase my charity and patience, humility and obedience, and all the virtues. Let it defend me against the traps of all my enemies, visible and invisible. Let it calm the passions of my body and spirit. Let it join me firmly 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, sinful as I am, to the banquet where you, with your Son and Holy Spirit, are to your saints true light, total fulfillment, everlasting joy, complete gladness, and perfect happiness.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Prayer of Pope Clement XI

Lord, by your grace make my weak faith firm, my wavering hope secure, set my cold love on fire, grant me passionate repentance for my sins.

I adore you, the very source of all, I long for you, to whom all return, I praise you for your constant gifts, I call on you as my gracious protector.

Guide me by your wisdom, restrain me with your justice, comfort me by your mercy, protect me with your power.

Lord, I offer you: my thoughts to be centered on you, my words to speak of you, my actions to do your will, my sufferings for your sake.

I want whatever you want, because you want it, the way you want it, as long as you want it.

Lord, enlighten my mind, inflame my will, purify my heart, sanctify my soul.

Enable me to regret past offenses, to resist future temptations, to correct wayward tendencies, to cultivate needed virtues.

Lord, in your goodness, grant me the grace to love you, disregard myself, seek my neighbor’s good, and hold this world as nothing.

Teach me to obey those in authority, serve those under my care, look after my friends, forgive my enemies.

Lord, help me to overcome sensuality by austerity, greed by generosity, anger by gentleness, lukewarmness by fervor.

Make me prudent in planning, unwavering in danger, patient in adversity, unassuming in success.

Keep me, Lord, attentive at prayer, moderate in food and drink, diligent in my duties, firm in my commitments.

Make me concerned to keep an innocent heart, a modest demeanor, exemplary dealings, and order in my life.

Lord, let me be alert to tame my natural instincts, foster the life of grace, keep your law, and win salvation.

Teach me how shallow this world is, how magnificent the Kingdom, how fleeting temporal concerns are, how lasting is life eternal.

Lord, help me to prepare for death, fear judgment, escape hell, and reach paradise.

Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Self-Dedication

Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, my whole will, all I have, and all I possess. You gave it all to me; to you, Lord, I return it all. It is all yours: Do with me entirely as you will. Give me your love and your grace: This is enough for me.

Prayer to Christ the King

Christ Jesus, I acknowledge you as King of the universe: Everything that exists was created by you. Exercise over me all your rights. I renew my baptismal promises, rejecting Satan and all his works and all the glamour of evil, and I promise to live as befits a Christian. I specially pledge myself to do all in my power to further the rights of God and of your Church.

Christ Jesus, I offer you my poor efforts to bring every heart to accept and live your message of peace, justice, and love.

Prayer for the Pope

Christ Jesus, King and Lord of the Church, in your presence I renew my unconditional loyalty to your Vicar on earth, the Pope. In him you have chosen to show us the safe and sure path that we must follow in the midst of confusion, uneasiness, and unrest. I firmly believe that through him you govern, teach, and sanctify us; with him as our shepherd, we form the true Church: one, holy, catholic, and apostolic.

Grant me the grace to faithfully love, live, and spread our Holy Father’s teachings. Watch over his life, enlighten his mind, strengthen his spirit, defend him from calumny and evil. Calm the erosive winds of infidelity and disobedience. Hear our prayer and keep your Church united around him, firm in her belief and action, that she may truly be the instrument of your redemption. Amen.

Prayer for the General Director of Regnum Christi

Lord Jesus, King of the Legion and Regnum Christi, instill in the heart of our general director all the distinctive virtues of your divine heart, especially prudence, fortitude, and charity. Fill him with your light, so he can direct and govern us in the most beneficial way for the salvation of souls and the triumph of your Kingdom. Amen.

Prayer for Vocations

Lord Jesus, eternal Shepherd, in your kindness look with mercy on your beloved flock. We cry out to you as orphans: Lord, grant us vocations! Call many of our young people to be holy priests and consecrated men and women. We ask you this through the intercession of Mary, your tender, holy Mother.

Lord Jesus, grant us priests and consecrated persons after your own heart!

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