Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from Christ's side, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee
From the malicious enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That I may praise Thee with Thy saints
and with Thy angels
Forever and ever
I love to pray this prayer after communion. Before I kneel, I pull my veil closer around my face as though I am drawing a curtain between the outside world and my spiritual world and I begin:
"Soul of Christ sanctify me" Make me pure, make me worthy
"Body of Christ save me" I mentally reach for the hand of my Beloved, many times feeling as scared as Peter did as he began to sink beneath the waves
"Blood of Christ inebriate me" Make me drunk with your love and grace, intoxicate me, fill me with your love, Oh Lord.
"Water from Christ's side, wash me" Oh Lord, they cruelly pierced your ripped and bruised flesh. Help me to remember each time I am tempted to sin, your great sacrifice of love for me and wash away my temptations and weaknesses.
"Passion of Christ, strengthen me" Your courage and steadfastness as you struggled through the streets, carrying your own cross is an inspiration to me. I doubt I will ever be publicly scourged and crucified, so when I am tempted to complain of the trials of my life let me remember your demonstration of strength.
"O good Jesus hear me" oh my Lord, you know that I often fail you. Never turn away from my struggles, but always heed my prayers to you.
"Within Thy wounds hide me" Pull me into your bloodied wounds, hide me from my weaknesses
"Suffer me not to be separated from Thee" Please, Lord, do not loosen your grasp on me, even when I flirt with the temptations of pride, anger, lust, and hatred. Please help me to over come those weaknesses so that I will not slide away from you forever.
"From the malicious enemy defend me" Defend me from my enemies Oh Lord, I do not fear the worldly ones for they can only destroy my body. The evil one, whom our Father cast from Heaven hungrily waits for my soul and takes great delight in my failings. Defend me oh God!
"In the hour of my death call me" When my time on this earth is over, grant me a merciful death, be at my side and lead me to my eternal rest.
"And bid me come unto Thee" Take me into you, O Lord that I may be with you for all eternity.
"that I may praise Thee with Thy saints and with Thy angels" I will lift my voice in song to the greatness of the Lord. I will sing of the goodness and compassion of my God
"for ever and ever" For ever and ever I will praise you, O God.
"Amen" Amen.

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