A PRAYER FOR AFTERTHE HOLY MASS Nr. 3

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LORD, Father all-powerful,

and ever-living God,

I thank Thee,

for even though I am a sinner,

Thy unprofitable servant,

not because of my worth,

but in the kindness of Thy mercy,

Thou hast fed me with the precious Body

and Blood of Thy Son,

our Lord Jesus Christ.


I pray that this holy communion

may not bring me condemnation

and punishment but forgiveness and salvation.


May it be a helmet of faith

and a shield of good will.


May it purify me from evil ways

and put an end to my evil passions.


May it bring me charity and patience,

humility and obedience,

and growth in power to do good.


May it be my strong defense against all my enemies,

visible and invisible,

and the perfect calming of all my evil impulses,

bodily and spiritual.


May it unite me more closely to Thee,

the one true God

and lead me safely through death

to everlasting happiness with Thee.


And I pray that Thou willest lead me,

a sinner to the banquet

where Thou with Thy Son and Holy Spirit,

are true and perfect light,

total fulfillment,

everlasting joy,

gladness without end,

and perfect happiness to Thy saints.


Grant this through Christ our Lord.


Amen.


(By St. Thomas Aquinas)