Holy Communion Prayers

The Divine Praises

Blessed be God.
Blessed be His holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be His most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Consoler.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints.

Heart of Jesus

May the heart of Jesus, in the Most Blessed Sacrament,
be praised, adored, and loved
with grateful affection, at every moment,
in all the tabernacles of the world,
even to the end of time.

Prayers Before Holy Communion

Father in heaven, you have made us for yourself;
our hearts are restless until they rest in you.
Fulfill this longing through Jesus, the bread of life,
so that we may witness to him who alone satisfies
the hungers of the human family.
By the power of your Spirit
lead us to the heavenly table where we may feast
on the vision of your glory for ever and ever.

Let not the partaking of Your Body, O Lord Jesus Christ,
which I, though unworthy, presume to receive,
turn to my judgment and condemnation;
but through Your goodness,
may it become a safeguard and an effective remedy,
both of soul and body.

O Lord Jesus Christ,
Son of the living God,
Who, by the will of the Father,
with the cooperation of the Holy Spirit,
have by Your death given life to the world,
deliver me by this Your Most Sacred Body and Blood
from all my sins and from every evil.
Make me always cling to Your commandments,
and never permit me to be separated from You.
Who with the same God the Father and the Holy Spirit,
live and reign, God, world without end.

Prayer Before Receiving the Eucharist

Come, O blessed Saviour,
and nourish my soul with heavenly Food,
the Food which contains every sweetness and every delight.
Come, Bread of Angels,
and satisfy the hunger of my soul.
Come, glowing Furnace of Charity
and enkindle in my heart the flame of divine love.
Come, Light of the World,
and enlighten the darkness of my mind.
Come, King of Kings,
and make me obedient to your holy will.
Come, loving Saviour,
and make me meek and humble.
Come, Friend of the Sick,
and heal the infirmities of my body
and the weakness of my soul.
Come, Good Shepherd, my God and my All,
and take me to yourself.
O most holy Mother, Mary Immaculate,
prepare my heart to receive my Saviour.

Acts of Spiritual Communion

It has long been a Catholic understanding that when circumstances prevent one from receiving Holy Communion, it is possible to make an Act of Spiritual Communion, which is a source of grace. Spiritual Communion is an ardent desire to receive Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament and lovingly embrace him at a time or in circumstances when one cannot receive Him in sacramental Communion. The most common reason for making an Act of Spiritual Communion is when a person cannot attend Mass. Acts of Spiritual Communion increase our desire to receive sacramental Communion and help us avoid the sins that would make us unable to receive Holy Communion worthily.

Spiritual Communion Prayer

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 in 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.

Prayers After Holy Communion

I give Thee thanks, O holy Lord,
Father Almighty, Eternal God,
Who nourish me, a sinner,
and Thine unworthy servant,
with the precious Body and Blood of Thy Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ.
I had no merits, no deserts
which I could put forward in my own behalf.
But let not this holy Communion, I pray Thee,
turn to my judgment and condemnation:
let it rather obtain for me pardon and salvation.
Let it cleanse me from all my vices;
let it destroy all my concupiscenses and evil desires.
Let it increase my charity, my patience,
my humility, my obedience.
Let it defend me from all my enemies,
visible and invisible.
Let it appease all the evil propensities
of my mind and body;
and guide me so straight to Thee,
my true and only God,
that I may look forward to Thee
as the happy goal of all my endeavours.
Thus lead me, I pray Thee,
to that unspeakable festival,
when Thou, and Thy Son, and the Holy Spirit,
will be to me and all the Saints,
the complete fulness,
the end of hope,
the everlasting joy,
and the never-changing happiness:
through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.

Dear Lord, help me to remove from my mind
every thought or opinion which You would not sanction,
every feeling from my heart which You would not approve.
Grant that I may spend the hours of the day
gladly working with You according to Your will.
Help me just for today and be with me in it.
In the long hours of work,
that I may not grow weary or slack in serving You.
In conversations,
that they may not be to me occasions of uncharitableness.
In the day's worries and disappointments,
that I may be patient with myself and with those around me.
In moments of fatigue and illness,
that I may be mindful of others rather than of myself.
In temptations,
that I may be generous and loyal,
so that when the day is over I may lay it at Your feet,
with its successes which are all Yours,
and its failures which are all my own,
and feel that life is real and peaceful,
and blessed when spent with You as the Guest of my soul.

What has passed our lips as food, O Lord,
may we possess in purity of heart,
that what is given to us in time,
be our healing for eternity.
May Your Body, O Lord, which I have eaten,
and Your Blood which I have drunk,
cleave to my very soul,
and grant that no trace of sin be found in me,
whom these pure and holy mysteries have renewed.
We ask this, through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns, world without end.