Sunday, December 16, 2012

Anima Christi

The Incredulity of St. Thomas, Caravaggio
At yesterday's gathering I mentioned the Anima Christi prayer as a perfect post-Communion prayer. This prayer dates back to some time in the 14th Century and its origin is unknown. I mistakingly attributed it to St. Thomas Aquinas in the talk and some used to believe it was written by St. Ignatius of Loyola. Still others, like the authors of the Catholic Encyclopedia, claim that it was probably written by Pope John XXII.

Here is a copy of the prayer and a video of the prayer (in Latin) in song. You should also check out Anima Christi: Soul of Christ by Mother Mary Francis. This book meditates on the meaning of each of the lines of the prayer. I promise it will breathe life into the prayer for you. Finally, I would like to add that you can often find a copy of this prayer in the front or back cover of most church misslettes.

ANIMA Christi, sanctifica me.
Corpus Christi, salva me.
Sanguis Christi, inebria me.
Aqua lateris Christi, lava me.
Passio Christi, conforta me.
O bone Iesu, exaudi me.
Intra tua vulnera absconde me.
Ne permittas me separari a te.
Ab hoste maligno defende me.
In hora mortis meae voca me.
Et iube me venire ad te,
Ut cum Sanctis tuis laudem te
in saecula saeculorum.


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 Thy wounds, hide me.
Separated from Thee let me never be.
From the malignant enemy, defend me.
At the hour of death, call me.
To come to Thee, bid me,
That I may praise Thee in the company
Of Thy Saints, for all eternity.