Day 12: Soul of Christ

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.
Never let me be separated from you.
From the malignant enemy, defend me.
At the hour of death, call me;
and bid me come to you
that with your saints I may praise
you forever and ever. Amen.

This prayer is a beautiful prayer of our intimacy with Christ through the Eucharist which strengthens us to be the Body of Christ.

It’s a lovely prayer to use in its entirety but it also provides some beautiful stand-alone phrases which may be used to draw us deeper into a longer time of prayer, as we contemplate what it may mean for us.

A few of these phrases are explored in our series of Meditations on the Mass.

At one time, the prayer was thought to be written by Saint Ignatius of Loyola since it appears at the beginning of his Spiritual Exercises, although the prayer actually dates to the early fourteenth century possibly written by Pope John XXII but its authorship remains uncertain.

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