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The Prayer Of Humble Access

From the Book of Common Prayer/Book of Divine Worship


The "Prayer of Humble Access" is used throughout much of the Anglican Communion, and has made its way to the Catholic Church via the "Book of Divine Worship," used by "Anglican Use" parishes. The prayer is setting the right spiritual tone for receiving communion, and includes phrases and concepts from the Gospels of Mark and John, the Liturgy of Saint Basil, and the writings of Thomas Aquinas.

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The Prayer of Humble Access
We do not presume to come to this thy Table,
O merciful Lord,
trusting in our own righteousness,
but in thy manifold and great mercies.
We are not worthy so much
as to gather up the crumbs
under thy Table.
But thou art the same Lord,
whose property is always to have mercy:
Grant us therefore, gracious Lord,
so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ,
and to drink his blood,
that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us.
Book of Common Prayer/Book of Divine Worship


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