Prayer after Mass (Version 1)
most sweet Lord Jesus Christ,
that Thy Passion may be to me power
by which I may be strengthened,
protected and defended.
May Thywounds be to me food
and drink by which I may be nourished,
inebriated, and delighted.
May thesprinkling of Thy Blood be to me
an ablution for all my sins.
May Thydeath prove for me unfailing life,
and may Thy Cross be to me eternal glory.
In thesebe my refreshment,
joy, health, and delight of my heart:
Thou who livest and reignest forever.
Prayer After Mass (Version 2)
May the tribute of my humble ministry be pleasing to Thee, Holy Trinity.
Grant that the sacrifice which I, unworthy as I am,
have offered in the presence of Thy majesty may be acceptable to Thee.
Through Thy mercy may it bring forgiveness to me
and to all for whom I have offered it: through Christ our Lord.
Prayer After Mass (Version 3)
Lord Jesus Christ, takeall 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 enough for me.
Give me these, Lord Jesus,
and I ask for nothing more.
Prayer After Mass (St. Thomas Aquinas)
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,
gladness without end,
and perfect happiness to Thy saints.
Grant this through Christ our Lord.
St. Thomas Aquinas
Prayer After Mass (St. Bonaventure)
O sweetest Lord Jesus Christ, I implore Thee,
pierce the very marrow of my soul with the delightful,
health-giving dart of Thy love,
with true, tranquil, holy, apostolic charity,
so that my whole soul may ever languish and faint for love of Thee
and for desire of Thee alone.
May it long and pine for Thy courts;
may it ever desire to be dissolved and to be with Thee.
Grant that my soul may hunger for Thee,
Who art the bread of angels,
the comforting nourishment of all holy souls,
our daily and most delectable bread,
our supersubstantial bread,
in which is found every sweet delight.
May my heart ever hunger for Thee,
on whom the angels lovingly gaze;
may it feed on Thee;
and may the innermost depths of my being
be filled with the sweetness which comes from having tasted Thee.
May my soul ever thirst for Thee,
Who art the source of life,
the fount of wisdom and knowledge,
the brightness of everlasting light,
the flood of all true happiness,
the riches of the house of God.
May I at all times think of Thee;
may I ever seek Thee and ever find Thee;
may I always follow thee and reach Thee;
may Thy holy name be in my heart and on my lips;
and to Thy praise and glory may every work of mine be done.
Humble and discreet, loving and happy,
ever ready and cheerful in Thy service,
may I persevere, by Thy grace, even unto the end.
Be Thou alone and evermore my hope;
be Thou all my trust;
be Thou my wealth,
my delight, my joy, my consolation, my rest, my endless peace.
Be Thou to me as a goodly taste,
as a pleasant perfume,
as a soothing sweetness.
Be Thou my food and my refreshment;
my refuge and my help;
my wisdom; my portion,
mine own possession and my treasure.
In Thee, O Lord, may my mind and my heart
remain fixed and firm,
and rooted immovably for evermore.