PRAYERS AFTER HOLY COMMUNION
 

METHOD OF THANKSGIVING AFTER COMMUNION
OBLATION PRAYER OF ST. IGNATIUS LOYOLA
PRAYER BEFORE A CRUCIFIX
ANIMA CHRISTI
WHAT SHALL I GIVE THEE?
TO MARY AFTER HOLY COMMUNION
VISIT TO THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

 
 

METHOD OF THANKSGIVING AFTER COMMUNION

LOOK upon Our Lord as a treasure you carry away and have all to yourself. God is looking upon this treasure in your heart, wondering what you will do with it, to whom you will give it. This treasure is the One Whom He loves ---- His only Son! You are no longer a miserable beggar, you are now rich and can offer a gift infinite in value. For what will you offer it? Know what you are about, and do not spend the time in a fruitless manner for want of a method. Just realize Who is within you ---- and as soon as your devotion flags use a book, if only for two minutes, until you collect your thoughts again.

Adoration: Jesus is in your soul, seated as a king on His throne, expecting your homage. prostrate at His feet, tell Him again that He is your Lord, your God, and your all . . . that you wish to belong entirely to Him . . . to obey Him in all and live only for His glory. "O Godhead, hid devoutly, I adore Thee."

Thanksgiving and Reparation: What return can you make for this infinite gift? You are so poor . . . offer at least your love . . . your gratitude. "Praised, loved, and adored forever be Jesus, on the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar." Beg Mary and the Angels to supply for your inability by their ardor.

Petition: Jesus wishes to give you everything . . . and He can . . . Ask earnestly, with immense confidence, for all necessary graces for yourself, for your dear ones, for the Church, sinners, the Souls in Purgatory.

Offering or Oblation: Jesus has given you all . . . Himself, the source of all graces . . . Will you keep anything back? . . . He has a right to all that you are and all that you possess . . . Offer, then, all to Him, that he may govern it according to His good pleasure. Suscipe prayer below.

Resolutions: Renew, with strong determination, your promises and good resolutions to lead a more perfect life, to overcome your predominant passion, to become like your Divine Master, by the exercise of His virtues, to be more charitable and more faithful in the discharge of your duties.

You carry God away with you. Let every one see it by your modesty, your recollection, your devotedness, your spiritual progress, your charity, your kindness:

"In all places and times I will never depart
From the heart of my God and the God of my heart."
  
 
OBLATION PRAYER OF ST. IGNATIUS LOYOLA

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SUSCIPE, Domine, universam meam libertatem. Accipe memoriam, intellectum, atque voluntatem omnen. Quidquid habeo, vel possideo, mihi largitus es: id tibi totum restituo ac tuæ prorsus volunatati trado gubernandum. Amorem tui solum cum gratia tua mihi dones et dives sum satis nec aliud quidquam ultra posco.
RECEIVE, O Lord, all my liberty. Take my memory, my understanding, and my entire will. Whatsoever I have or hold, Thou hast given it; I give it all back to Thee and commit it wholly to be governed by Thy will. Thy love and Thy grace give unto me, and I am rich enough and ask for nothing more.
His Holiness, Pope Leo XIII, granted a partial indulgence in 1883 for the devout recitation of this prayer.

PRAYER BEFORE A CRUCIFIX
TRADITIONALLY PRAYED AFTER HOLY COMMUNION

Look down upon me, good and gentle Jesus, while before Thy face I
humbly kneel, and with burning soul pray and beseech Thee to fix deep in my heart
lively sentiments of faith, hope and charity, true contrition for my sins, and a firm
purpose of amendment, while I contemplate with great love and tender pity
Thy Five Wounds, pondering over them within me, calling to mind the words
which David, Thy prophet, said of Thee, my good Jesus: "They have pierced My
hands and My feet; they have numbered all My bones" (Ps. 21, 17-18).

A plenary indulgence is granted on each Friday of Lent and Passiontide to the faithful, who after Communion piously recite the above prayer before an image of Christ crucified; on other days of the year the indulgence is partial.

ANIMA CHRISTI

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;
        Permit me not to be separated from Thee.
        From the malignant enemy defend m;
        In the hour of my death call me,
        And bid me come to Thee,
        That, with Thy saints, I may praise Thee
        For ever and ever.   Amen.

Partial Indulgence.
 

WHAT SHALL I GIVE THEE?

I have received into my heart Jesus Christ, His Body and Blood,
Soul and Divinity. I begin this day, as a day in Heaven. He is in
my soul, the Divine Infant in the crib, the growing Boy at
Nazareth, the Apostle acclaimed by crowds on the roads
of Galilee, the Miracle-Worker Who performed such prodigies,
the Martyr Who completed His Sacrifice on Calvary.
And now, O good Master,  Thou Supreme Majesty, what shall
I give Thee in exchange for Thy visit?
I would like to pray to Thee with the burning words of Thy Mother
and her court in Heaven, but I feel riveted to earthly things . . .
I would like to offer Thee courageous loyalty to my Baptismal Vows
and Confirmation graces but alas, I have so often been disloyal . . .
I would like, at least, to have a desire for the Catholic life, but I
allow myself to be discouraged by my failures . . .
O good Jesus, I have nothing to give Thee, and Thou hast given
Everything; Thou hast given Thyself to me. I can only join my poor
voice in the chorus of praise to Thee, rising out of all the works
of Thy creation here on earth . . .
 

PRAYER TO MARY AFTER HOLY COMMUNION

O my Queen! thou hast given me Jesus in thy Heart, therefore now,
with the same true Heart entertain Him for me, adore Him,
thank Him, and implore Him for the graces thou knowest me
to need, in particular . . .
 

VISIT TO THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
BY ST. ALPHONSUS LIGUORI
PUBLISHED WITH PERMISSION OF LIGUORI PUBLICATIONS.
 

My Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that Thou art really here in this Sacrament. Night and day Thou doth remain here compassionate and loving. Thou callest, Thou waitest for, Thou welcomest, everyone who comes to visit Thee. Unimportant though I am, I adore Thee, I thank Thee for all the wonderful graces Thou hast given me. But I thank Thee especially for having given me Thyself in this Sacrament, for having asked Thine Own Mother to mother me, for having called me here to talk to Thee.

I am here before Thee to do three things: to thank Thee for these precious gifts; to make up for all the disrespect that Thou receivest in this Sacrament from those who offend Thee; to adore Thee everywhere in the world where Thou art present in this living Bread but are left abandoned and unloved.

My Jesus, I love Thee with all my heart. I know I have displeased Thee often in the past --- I am sorry. With Thy help I promise never to do it again. I am only a miserable sinner, but I consecrate myself to Thee completely. I give Thee my will, my love, my desires, everything I own. From now on do what Thou pleasest with me. All I ask is that Thou wilt love me, that Thou wilt keep me faithful to the end of my life. I ask for the grace to do Thy will exactly as Thou doth want it done.

I pray for the Souls in Purgatory  ---- especially for those who were close to Thee  in this Sacrament and close to Thy Mother Mary. I pray for every soul hardened in sin. My Savior, I unite my love to the love of Thy Divine Heart, and I offer them both together to Thy Father. I beg Him to accept this offering in Thy name. Amen.
 

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