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Before Communion

The following prayer is recited in unison by the faithful at Divine Liturgy prior to reception of Holy Communion (Eucharist)   Carefully read the words, and you will see this prayer is a profound declaration of our belief in Jesus Christ and His Real Presence in the Eucharist.   It is also a prayer of humility and repentance before God, expressed with contrite petitions for forgiveness and mercy.

O Lord, I believe and profess that you are truly Christ,
The Son of the living God, who came into the world
To save sinners of whom I am the first.

 Accept me today as a partaker of your mystical supper, O Son of God,
For I will not reveal your mystery to your enemies,
Nor will I give you a kiss as did Judas,
But like the thief I profess to you:

Remember me, O Lord, when you come in your kingdom.
Remember me, O Master, when you come in your kingdom.
Remember me, O Holy One, when you come in your kingdom.

May the partaking of your Holy mysteries, O Lord,
Be not for my judgment or condemnation,
But for the healing of my soul and body.

O Lord, I also believe and profess, that this,
Which I am about to receive,
Is truly your most precious Body, and your life-giving Blood,
Which, I pray, make me worthy to receive
For the remission of all my sins and for life everlasting.  Amen

O God, be merciful to me, a sinner.
O God, cleanse me of my sins and have mercy on me.
O Lord, forgive me for I have sinned without number.


For Reflection:  The prayer above contains at least two direct sentences from the New Testament.  One is from a parable that Jesus used to explain what our attitude should be; it is found in the Gospel of St. Luke.  The other phrase is a statement made directly to Jesus by someone admittedly convicted in sin, but who showed an attitude of final repentance .  It is also found in the Gospel of St. Luke.  Consider the words of Scripture the next time you recite this beautiful prayer.

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