to I Am the Bread of Life

Prayer at a Child's
First Communion

Lord Jesus Christ, in the Sacrament of
the Eucharist You left us the outstanding
manifestation of your limitless love for us.
Thank You for giving our child the
opportunity to experience this love
in receiving the Sacrament for the first time.
May your Eucharist presence keep him/her
ever free from sin, fortified in faith,
pervaded by love for God and neighbor,
and fruitful in virtue, that he/she may
continue to receive You throughout life and
attain final union with You at death. Amen.

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, heal me.
Blood of Christ, drench me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
Good Jesus, hear me.
In Your wounds shelter me.
From turning away keep me.
From the evil one protect me.
At the hour of my death call me.
Into Your presence lead me,
to praise You with all Your saints
for ever and ever.

(7 years indulgence if prayed after receiving Holy Communion.
300 days indulgence at any other time.)

Before Communion

I will have no other treasure besides Thee, good Jesus! My heart shall no longer seek its Best-Beloved; it has found Him. My love shall no more languish far from Thee, now that I know Thy dwelling-place.

Oh, draw me now entirely to Thee, divine Lover, my mind with all its thoughts, my heart with all its desires and affections, my will with all its actions, my body with all is senses, that I may live no longer in myself but in Thee!


My good Jesus, I thank Thee with all my heart. How good, how kind Thou art to me Sweet Jesus! Blessed be Jesus in the most holy Sacrament of the Altar. ACT OF OFFERING. O' Jesus, receive my poor offering. Jesus, Thou hast given Thyself to me, and now let me give myself to Thee. I give Thee my body, that I may be chaste and pure. I give Thee my soul, that it may be free from sin. I give Thee my heart, that it may always love Thee. I give Thee every breath that I shall breathe, and especially my last; I give Thee myself in life and in death, that I may be Thine for ever and ever, Amen. PRAYER FOR OTHERS. O' Jesus, have mercy on Thy holy Church; take care of it. O' Jesus, have pity on poor sinners and save them from hell. O' Jesus, bless my father, my mother, my brothers and sisters, and all I ought to pray for, as Thy Heart knows how to bless them. O'Jesus, have pity on the poor suffering souls in Purgatory and give them eternal rest. Amen.

Prayer by Padre Pio for After Communion

Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You. You know how easily I abandon You. Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak, and I need Your strength that I may not fall so often.

Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light, and without You I am in darkness. Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will.

Stay with me, Lord, so that I hear Your voice and follow You. Stay with me, Lord, for I desire to love You very much and to be in Your company always.

Stay with me, Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You. Stay with me, Lord, for as poor as my soul is I want it to be a place of consolation for You, a nest of love. Amen.

Prayer of Thanksgiving

Lord God, I thank You through the Sacred Heart of Jesus, who is pleased to offer You on our behalf continuous thanksgiving in the Eucharist.

Thank You for all Your benefits, general as well as special: for creation, redemption, the sacraments; and especially for the Holy Eucharist, and for all the graces You have given me.

I wish to thank You, Lord, on behalf of myself and of all creatures, and to make amends to You, as far as I am able, for the ingratitude of many, of which You complain so vehemently. I wish that I were able to direct the hearts and minds of all to You and, together with them and for them, love You perfectly in return just as You rightly expect. Amen.

Prayer of Self-Dedication

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 grace and Your love are wealth enough for me.
Give me these, Lord Jesus, and I ask for nothing more. Amen.

Chaplet of the Blessed Sacrament

This consists of a medal of the Blessed Sacrament and 33 beads,
representing the 33 years of Christ lived on earth.

On the medal say: As I cannot now receive Thee, my Jesus, in Holy Communion, come spiritually into my heart, and make it Thine own forever.

On each bead say:  O Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament have mercy on us!

(carries 300 days indulgence each time this is prayed)

Chaplet of the Adorable Sacrament
(use ordinary rosary beads)

Begin with an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be
for the intentions of the Holy Father.
Pray the following on the Our Father beads:
"Lord Jesus, I offer You my sorrow for the many sacrileges committed
against You and the indifference shown You
in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar."
Then on the Hail Mary beads pray:
"Jesus, I adore You in the most Blessed Sacrament."
At the end of the rosary conclude with this prayer:
"Holy Mother Mary, please present this prayer to your Son, Jesus,
and bring consolation to His Sacred Heart.
Please give Him my thanks for His divine presence in the Blessed Sacrament.
He has treated us with mercy and love by staying with us.
May my life be my thanksgiving prayer to Him.
Jesus, I trust in You. Amen."

Thanksgiving after Receiving Holy Communion

Dear Jesus, I believe that You are present within my heart. You said, "This is My Body and My Blood." And I know You love me and want to be with me. From my heart, I thank You for all You have given to me: my life, my parents, my health, Baptism, protection, and all that I have. Make me more grateful still. Generous Lord, I ask for still more: Protect my soul and body. Be good to those I love. Grant me this special favor. (mention it here) Watch over me and make me good and happy. Jesus, I promise to receive You often in Holy Communion. Remain with me, dear Jesus, today and always. Never leave me in life and be with me in the hour of my death. Amen.

O Holy Banquet

O holy banquet in which Christ is received; the memory of His Passion is recalled; the soul is filled with grace; and the promise of the future glory is given to us.

V. You have give them bread from heaven.
R. Containing in itself all delight.

God, Who in this wonderful sacrament left us a memorial of Your Passion; we implore You, that we may so venerate the sacred mysteries of Your Body and Blood as always to be conscious of the effects of Your redemption. You live and reign forever and ever. Amen.

The Litany for Holy Communion

Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.  

Jesus, living Bread which came down from Heaven, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, Bread from Heaven giving life to the world, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, hidden God and Savior, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, Who has loved us with an everlasting love, Jesus, Have mercy on us.
Whose delights are to be with the children of men, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, Who has given Thy Flesh for the life of the world, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, Who invites all to come to Thee, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, Who promises eternal life to those who receive Thee, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, Who with desire desires to eat this Pasch with us, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, ever ready to receive and welcome us, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, Who stands at our door knocking, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, Who has said that if we will open to Thee the door, Have mercy on us.
Thou wilt come in and sup with us, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, Who receives us into Thy arms and blesses us with the little children, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, Who suffers us to sit at Thy feet with Magdalen, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, Who invites us to lean on Thy bosom with the beloved disciple, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, Who has not left us orphans, Have mercy on us.
Most dear Sacrament, Have mercy on us.
Sacrament of love, Have mercy on us.
Sacrament of sweetness, Have mercy on us.
Life-giving Sacrament, Have mercy on us.
Sacrament of strength, Have mercy on us.
My God and my all, Have mercy on us.

That our hearts may pant after Thee as the hart after the fountains of water,
we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst manifest Thyself to us as to the two disciples in the breaking of bread,
we beseech Thee, hear us.
That we may know Thy voice like Magdalen, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That with a lively faith we may confess with the beloved disciple, "It is the Lord,"
we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst bless us who have not seen and yet have believed, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That we may love Thee in the Blessed Sacrament with our whole heart, we beseech Thee, hear us.
with our whole soul, with all our mind, and with all our strength, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That the fruit of each Communion may be fresh love, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That our one desire may be to love Thee and to do Thy will, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That we may ever remain in Thy love, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst teach us how to receive and welcome Thee, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst teach us to pray, and Thyself pray within us, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That with Thee every virtue may come into our souls, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That throughout this day Thou wouldst keep us closely united to Thee, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst give us grace to persevere to the end, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thou wouldst then be our support and Viaticum, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That with Thee and leaning on Thee we may safely pass through all dangers, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That our last act may be one of perfect love and our last breath a long deep sigh to be in Our Father's house, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thy sweet face may smile upon us when we appear before Thee, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That our banishment from Thee, dearest Lord, may not be very long, we beseech Thee, hear us.
That when the time is come, we may fly up from our prison to Thee, and in Thy Sacred Heart find our rest forever, we beseech Thee, hear us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

V. Stay with us, Lord, because it is toward evening,
R. And the day is now far spent.

Let Us Pray: We come to Thee, dear Lord, with the Apostles, saying, "Increase our faith." Give us a strong and lively faith in the mystery of Thy Real Presence in the midst of us. Give us the splendid faith of the centurion, which drew from Thee such praise. Give us the faith of the beloved disciple to know Thee in the dark and say, "It is the Lord!" Give us the faith of Martha to confess, "Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God." Give us the faith of Magdalene to fall at Thy feet crying, "Rabboni, Master." Give us the faith of all Thy Saints, to whom the Blessed Sacrament has been Heaven begun on earth. In every Communion increase our faith; for with faith, love and humility and reverence and all good will come into our souls. Dearest Lord, increase our faith. Amen.

An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.


My Dear Lord and Savior! Though I am but a sinful servant, I approach Thee with confidence, for Thou hast said in Thy goodness and mercy: "Come to me all you that labor and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you." Thou wilt not despise a contrite and humble heart. I am truly sorry for having offended Thee by my sins, because Thou art infinitely good. I have wounded Thy Sacred Heart by foolishly resisting Thy holy will and transgressing Thy Commandments; but I love Thee now with my whole heart and above all things. I adore Thee truly present on the Altar. I have a great desire, dear Jesus, to receive Thee in Holy Communion, and since I cannot now approach the Holy Table to be united to Thee in the Blessed Sacrament, I beseech Thee most earnestly to come to me at least spiritually and to refresh my soul with the sweetness of Thy grace.

Come, my Lord my God and my All! Come to me, and let me never again be separated from Thee by sin. I wish to become like to Thee. Teach me Thy blessed ways; help me with Thy grace to practice meekness, humility, purity, charity, and all the virtues of Thy Sacred Heart.

Oh Thou Lamb of God! Who takest away the sins of the world, take away from me whatever may hurt me and displease Thee. With St. Francis of Assisi I pray: May the fire of Thy love consume my soul, so that I may die to self and the world for love of Thee, Who hast vouchsafed to die on the Cross for the love of me!

Jesus, I consecrate to Thee my heart with all its affections, my soul with all its powers, and my body with all its senses. In union with Thee I will labor and suffer to do the Heavenly father's will. I will ever be mindful of the presence of my God and strive to be perfect. Bless me in life and in death that I may praise Thee forever in Heaven. Amen.


O Jesus! Thou hast given us in the Holy Eucharist Thy Body and Blood to be our spiritual nourishment, through which we may have life everlasting. Would that I were now prepared to approach the Holy Table to be united with Thee in the Blessed Sacrament! I desire, with all my heart, to receive this living Bread which came down from Heaven.

O lord, I am not worthy that Thou shouldst enter under my roof; say but the word, and my soul shall be healed. [Three times.] Let me taste, at least, the sweetness of a spiritual Communion. Come to me, Jesus, my Lord, my Master. Come and refresh my soul. Strengthen me, that in union with Thee I may do perfectly the Heavenly Father's will. Let me never be separated from Thee by sin.

Keep me in Thy love and Thy grace. I will not be lured away from Thee by the deceitful honors and pleasures of the world. I love Thee above all things and with my whole heart. "Thou art the God of my heart, and the God that is my portion forever."

Increase my faith, strengthen my hope, kindle my love, that I may die to self and live but for Thee.

Omnia ad majorem Dei gloriam!

A Spiritual Communion, with Mary

O Immaculate Queen of Heaven and Earth, Mother of God and Mediatrix of every grace: I believe that Thy dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, is truly, really, and substantially contained in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I love Him above all things and I long to receive Him into my heart.

Since I cannot now receive Him sacramentally, be so good as to place Him spiritually in my soul. O my Jesus, I embrace Thee as One who has already come, and I unite myself entirely to Thee. Never permit me to be separated from Thee. Amen.

O my God, I firmly believe that You are really and corporally present in the Blessed Sacrament of the altar. I adore You here present from the very depths of my heart, and I worship Your Sacred Presence with all possible humility. O my soul, what joy to have Jesus Christ always with us, and to be able to speak to Him, heart to Heart, with all confidence. Grant, O Lord, that I, having adored Your Divine Majesty here on earth in this wonderful Sacrament, may be able to adore It eternally in heaven.

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine,
all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine!

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