Pew Prayers

You may have noticed some laminated prayer cards floating around during mass.  We have provided those prayers for you here. 

Prayer Before Mass

Almighty and ever-living God, I approach the sacrament of Your only-begotten Son Our Lord Jesus Christ, I come sick to the doctor of life, unclean to the fountain of mercy, poor and needy to the Lord of heaven and earth.  Lord, in your great generosity, heal my sickness, wash away my sins, open my eyes to all your blessings.  May I worthily receive the bread of angels, the King of kings and Lord of lords, with humble reverence, with purity and faith, repentance and love, and the determined purpose that will help to bring me to salvation.  May I receive the sacrament of the Lord’s Body and Blood, in its reality and power to change my life.  Lord Jesus Christ, born of the Virgin Mary, pour your grace into my heart and help me to focus on you and desire to be united to you in Holy Mass.  
Loving Father, as on my earthly pilgrimage I now receive Your beloved Son 
under the veil of bread and wine, may I one day see him face to face in 
glory, who lives and reigns with You forever.                 Amen

Act of Faith Before Communion

I believe and confess, Lord,
that You are truly the Christ,
the Son of the living God,
Who came into the world to save 
sinners, of whom I am the first.
I also believe that this is truly Your pure Body and that this is truly Your precious Blood.  Therefore, I pray to You, have mercy upon me,  and 
forgive my transgressions,
voluntary and involuntary, in word and deed, known and unknown.  And make me worthy, without 
condemnation, to partake of Your pure Mysteries for the remission of sins and for eternal life.  Amen

Prayer After Communion (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 your wounds hide me; 
Separated from you, let me never be;
From the evil one, protect me;
At the hour of my death, call me;
And close to you bid me;
That with your saints, I may be, 
praising you  forever and ever.  Amen

Parents Prayer
ood and Gracious God, giver of all good gifts,  fill me with your grace so that I may be an example of your loving care to my children.  Please give me the patience, energy, confidence and love that I need to be a good mother/father.  Strengthen and unite our family in our love for one 
another and for you.  Amen

Act of Contrition
My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.  In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you who I should love above all things.  I firmly 
intend, with your help, to do penance, to sin no more and to avoid whatever leads me to sin.  Our Savior Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.  In his name, my God, have Mercy.

Prayer Before the Crucifix
Behold, O kind and gentle Jesus, I kneel before you and pray that you would 
impress upon my heart the virtues of faith, hope and charity, with true repentance of my sins and a firm purpose of amendment.  At the same time, with sorrow I meditate on your five precious wounds, having in mind the words which David spoke in prophecy: “They have pierced my hands and my feet.  I can count all bones.”  Amen

Come, Holy Spirit
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love.  Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created and you shall renew the face of the earth.  O, God, who has instructed the hearts of your faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may have right 
judgement in all things and evermore
rejoice in his consolations.  Through Christ Our Lord.  Amen

Dedication to Jesus
Lord Jesus Christ, take all my freedom, my memory, my understanding, and my will.  All that I have and cherish you have given me.  I surrender it all to be guided by your will.  Your love and your grace are wealth enough for me.  Give me these, Lord Jesus, and I ask for nothing more.  Amen.

For The Needy

Grant, Lord, that I may gladly share what I have with the needy, humbly ask for what I need from him who has, sincerely admit the evil I have done, calmly bear the evil I suffer, not envy my neighbor for his 
blessings, and thank you unceasingly whenever you hear my prayer.  Amen

Prayer of Saint Patrick

Christ be with me, Christ before me, Christ behind me, Christ above me, Christ on my right, Christ on my left, Christ where I lie, Christ where I sit, Christ where I arise, Christ in the heart of everyone who thinks of me, Christ in every eye that sees me, Christ in the ear that hears me.  Salvation is of the Lord.  Salvation is of the Christ.  May your salvation, O Lord, be ever with us.  Amen

Prayer to St. Michael
Saint Michael, the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our defense against the 
wickedness and snares of the devil.  May God rebuke him, we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the 
power of God, thrust into Hell Satan and the other evil spirits who prowl about the world for the ruin of souls.  Amen