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Anima Christi

The Classic Catholic Eucharistic Prayer


The Anima Christi has powerful Eucharistic themes, and relates to the passion of Christ. It was likely composed in the early fourteenth century and may have been written by Pope John XXII. The prayer derives its name from the first two words in its Latin, meaning "soul of Christ." The prayer was thought to be written by St. Ignatius Loyola, as it appears in his "Spiritual Exercises." However the prayer pre-dates this as it is found in earlier documents.

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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. Amen.
Traditionally said following the reception of Communion



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