Prayer before Mass
O merciful Father, who didst so love the world
as to give up for our redemption Thy beloved Son;
who, in obedience to Thee, and for us sinners,
humbled Himself even unto the death of the Cross,
and continues to offer Himself daily,
by the ministry of His Priests,
for the living and the dead;
we humbly beseech Thee, that,
penetrated with a lively faith,
we may always assist with the utmost devotion
and reverence at the oblation of His most precious Body and Blood,
which is made at Mass, and thereby be made partakers
of the sacrifice which He consummated on Calvary.
In union with Thy Holy Church and its Ministers,
and invoking the blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God,
and all the Angels and Saints,
we now offer the adorable sacrifice of the Mass
for Thy honor and glory,
acknowledging Thy infinite perfections,
Thy supreme dominion over all creatures,
our entire subjection and total dependence on Thee,
and in thanksgiving for all Thy benefits,
and for the remission of our sins.
We offer it for the propagation of the Catholic Faith,
for our most Holy Father the Pope;
for our Archbishop (or Bishop),
and for all the Pastors and Clergy of Thy Holy Church,
that they may direct the faithful
in the way of salvation; for the King (or Queen),
and for all that are in high station,
that we may lead a quiet and holy life;
for peace and good will among all states and people;
for the necessities of mankind,
and particularly for the Congregation here present;
to obtain all the blessings we stand in need of in this life,
everlasting happiness in the next,
and eternal rest to the faithful departed.
And as Jesus Christ so ordained,
when He instituted, at His Last Supper,
this wonderful mystery of His power, wisdom, and goodness;
we offer the Mass in grateful remembrance of all He has done
and suffered for the love of us,
making special commemoration of His bitter Passion, and Death,
and of His glorious Resurrection and Ascension into Heaven.
Vouchsafe, O Almighty and Eternal God
to whom alone the homage of sacrifice is due,
graciously to accept it for these
and all other purposes agreeable to Thy holy will.
And to render it the more pleasing,
we offer it to Thee, through the same Jesus Christ,
Thy beloved Son, our Lord and Savior,
our High Priest and Victim,
and in the name of the most Holy Trinity,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost:
to whom be honor, praise, and glory,
forever and ever.
Prayer Before Mass
Lord Jesus Christ,
I approach your banquet table
in fear and trembling,
for I am a sinner,
and dare not rely on my own worth,
but only on your goodness and mercy.
I am defiled by many sins in body and soul,
and by my unguarded thoughts and words.
Gracious God of majesty and awe,
I seek your protection,
I look for your healing.
Poor troubled sinner that I am,
I appeal to you, the fountain of all mercy.
I cannot bear your judgment,
but I trust in your salvation.
Lord, I show my wounds to you
and uncover my shame before you.
I know my sins are many and great,
and they fill me with fear,
but I hope in your mercies,
for they cannot be numbered.
Lord Jesus Christ, eternal king, God and man,
crucified for mankind,
look upon me with mercy and hear my prayer,
for I trust in you.
Have mercy on me,
full of sorrow and sin,
for the depth of your compassion never ends.
Praise to you, saving sacrifice,
offered on the wood of the cross for me and for all mankind.
Praise to the noble and precious blood,
flowing from the wounds of the my crucified Lord Jesus Christ
and washing away the sins of the whole world.
Remember, Lord your creature,
whom you have redeemed with your blood;
I repent my sins,
and I long to put right what I have done.
Merciful Father, take away all my offenses and sins;
purify me in body and soul,
and make me worthy to taste the holy of holies.
May your body and blood,
which I intend to receive, although I am unworthy,
be for me the remission of my sins,
the washing away of my guilt,
the end of my evil thoughts,
and the rebirth of my better instincts.
May it incite me to do the works pleasing to you
and profitable to my health in body and soul,
and be a firm defense against the wiles of my enemies.
Prayer Before Mass (St. Thomas Aquinas)
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,
blind to the radiance of eternal light,
and poor and needy to the Lord
of heaven and earth.
Lord, in your great generosity,
heal my sickness,
wash away my defilement,
enlighten my blindness, enrich my poverty,
and clothe my nakedness.
May I receive the bread of angels,
the King of kings and Lord of lords,
with humble reverence,
with the purity and faith,
the 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,
and its reality and power.
may I receive the Body
of Your only-begotten Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
born from the womb of the Virgin Mary,
and so be received into His mystical body
and numbered among His members.
as on my earthly pilgrimage
I now receive Your beloved Son
under the veil of a sacrament,
may I one day see him face to face in glory,
who lives and reigns with You forever.
St. Thomas Aquinas