Prayers from our Pews

You may have noticed our new pew cards during Mass, which have a number of prayers on them. We have compiled the same prayers here for your use.


When you look at the Crucifix, you understand how much Jesus loved you then.
When you look at the Sacred Host, you understand how much Jesus loves you now.


Prayer before Mass

O Lord Jesus, in order that the fruits of Your sacrifice on the cross might be applied to people of all time, You willed that it should be renewed upon the altar.  I believe that the Mass is both a sacrifice and a memorial, reenacting Your passion, death, and resurrection. Help me to realize that the Mass is Your greatest gift to us and the greatest gift we offer to You.  Amen


Prayer before Communion

Come, O blessed Savior, 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 Word, and enlighten the darkness of my mind.  Come, King of Kings, and make me obedient to your holy will.  Come, loving Savior, 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 of God, prepare my heart to receive my Savior.  Amen


Prayer at the Offertory

“I give myself to You, O Christ.  Here is my body. Take it. Here is my blood. Take it.  Here is my soul, my will, my energy, my strength, my property, my wealth, all that I have. Take it. Consecrate it. Offer it with Yourself to the heavenly Father in order that He, looking down on this great sacrifice, may see not only You, his beloved Son, but also me in You.  Transform the poor bread of my life into Your divine life; thrill the wine of my wasted life into Your divine Spirit; unite my broken heart with Your Heart; change my cross into a crucifix.  Let not my abandonment, my sorrows and grief go to waste.  Gather up all the fragments of my life to be absorbed into Yours; let my little crosses be entwined with your great Cross, so that I may inherit the joys of everlasting happiness in union with You” ~Archbishop Fulton Sheen


Prayer after Communion

Anima 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.

Suffer me never to be separated from Thee.

From the wicked enemy defend me.

In the hour of death call me.  And bid me come to Thee.

That with Thy saints I may praise Thee for ever and ever. Amen


“O my beloved Jesus, I unite myself in spirit this moment, and from this moment onward, to each Consecrated Host on earth, in each place where you dwell sacramentally. Oh, that is where I want to spend the moments of my life, continually, day and night, in joy and in sadness, alone or with others, but always consoling you, adoring you, loving you, praising you, glorifying you.” ~Bl. Alexandrina Maria da Costa


Prayer for Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Blessed Sacrament.   I love You above all things and I desire You in my soul.  Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart.  As though You are already there, I embrace You and unite myself wholly to You; permit not that I should ever be separated from You.  Amen.


St. Michael Prayer

St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.  Be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the Devil.  May God rebuke him, we humbly pray, and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly hosts, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan, and all the evil spirits, who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls.  Amen.


“Let every knee bend before Thee, O greatness of my God, so supremely humbled in the Sacred Host. May every heart love Thee, every spirit adore Thee and every will be subject to Thee!”  ~St. Margaret Mary Alacoque


Prayer to St. Joseph

O my beloved St. Joseph, adopt me as your child, take care of my salvation, watch over me day and night, preserve me from the occasion of sin, obtain for me purity of soul and body.  Through your intercession with Jesus grant me a spirit of sacrifice, a burning love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, and a sweet tender love for Mary, my mother.  St. Joseph, be with me living, be with me dying, and lead me safely into the kingdom of heaven.  Amen  ~Carmel of Buffalo, NY


Prayer for Vocations

Lord Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father, bless our families, bless our children–chose from our homes those who are needed for Your work.  Grant them the generosity necessary to follow Your call and the courage required to overcome all obstacles to their vocation.  Give to all parents that faith and spirit of sacrifice which will inspire them to offer their children to God’s service and to rejoice whenever one of their children is called.  Mary Immaculate, pray for us, pray for our priests, deacons and religious, obtain for us many more.  Amen.


The Angelus

The angel spoke God’s message to Mary,

R: and she conceived of the Holy Spirit.  Hail Mary…

“I am the lowly servant of the Lord;

R: let it be done to me according to your word.”  Hail Mary…

And the Word became flesh

R: and lived among us. Hail Mary…

Pray for us, holy Mother of God,

R: that we may become worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. Lord, fill our hearts with your grace;   Once, through the message of an angel  You revealed to us the incarnation of your Son; now, through his suffering and death lead us to the glory of his resurrection.  We ask this through Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Consecration to God through Mary

As the Father has chosen you, O Mary, to be his Immaculate Child, Joseph’s spouse, and the Mother of His beloved Son and of the whole Church, so we choose you this day as Mother and Queen of our whole family.  Envelope each one of us with your most maternal mercy.  Teach us to love Jesus and the Father always more, and in and through them, to love one another in the Holy Spirit–discovering one another ever more profoundly in the light of Jesus, and choosing one another each day with a more divine and simple love. O Mary, grant that each of us fulfill the Father’s will each day in a more personal gift of ourselves, so that our whole family may bear witness in the midst of the world, to the love of Jesus victorious over evil.  Amen   ~ The Community of St. John

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