Anima Christi

The Classic Catholic Eucharistic Prayer

The Anima Christi prayer has powerful Eucharistic themes and relates to the passion of Christ. It was likely composed in the early 14th century and may have been written by Pope John XXII. The prayer derives its name from the first two words in its Latin, meaning "soul of Christ." The prayer was at one time thought to be written by St. Ignatius Loyola, as it appears in his Spiritual Exercises. However, the prayer pre-dates this book, as it is found in earlier documents.

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Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.

Body of Christ, save me.

Blood of Christ, inebriate me.

Water from Christ's side, wash me.

Passion of Christ, strengthen me.

O good Jesus, hear me.

Within Thy wounds hide me.

Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.

From the malicious enemy, defend me.

In the hour of my death, call me.

And bid me come unto Thee

That I may praise Thee with Thy saints and with Thy angels

Forever and ever.


Traditionally said following the reception of Communion