Prayers Before and After Mass

Prayer of St Pio of Pietrelcina - After Holy Communion

Stay with me, Lord, 

For it is necessary to have

Your Presence so that I do not forget You.

You know how easily I abandon You.

Stay with me, Lord, because I am weak

and need Your strength,

that I may not fall so often.

Stay with me, Lord, for You are my life, 

and without you, 

I am without meaning and hope.

Stay with me, Lord, for You are my light, 

and without You, I am in darkness.

Stay with me, Lord, to show me Your will.

Stay with me, Lord, 

so that I hear Your voice

and follow You

Stay with me, Lord, 

for I desire to love You ever more,

and always be in Your company.

Stay with me, Lord, 

if You wish me to be faithful to You

Stay with me, Lord, 

for as poor as my soul is,

I want it to be a place of consolution for You,

a dwelling of love.

Stay with me, Jesus

for it is getting late

and the day is coming to a close, 

and life passes;

death, judgement and eternity approaches.

It is necessary to renew my strength,

so that I will not stop along the way

and for that,

I need You.

It is getting late and death approaches,

I fear the darkness, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows.

O how I need You, my Jesus, 

in this night of exile!

Stay with me tonight, Jesus,

in life with all its dangers, I need You.

Let me recognise You 

as your disciples did 

at the breaking of the bread,

so that the Eucharistic Communion 

be the light which disperses the darkness,

the force of which sustains me,

the unique joy of my heart.

Stay with me Lord,

 because at the hour of my death,

I want to remain united to You,

if not in communion, 

at least by grace and love.

Stay with me Jesus, 

I do not ask for divine consolation,

because I do not merit it,

but the gift of your Presence,

oh yes, I ask this of You!

Stay with me, Lord, 

for it is You alone I look for,

Your love, Your Grace, Your Will, 

Your Heart, Your Spirit,

because I love You

and ask no other reward 

but to love You more and more.

With a firm love, I will love You

with all my heart while on earth 

and continue to love You perfectly

during all eternity.



Thomas Aquinas - Prayer Before Mass

Almighty and ever-living God, I approach the sacrament of Your only-begotten Son Our Lord Jesus Christ, I come sick to the doctor of life, unclean to the fountain of mercy, blind to the radiance of eternal light, and poor and needy to the Lord of heaven and earth.

Lord, in your great generosity, heal my sickness, wash away my defilement, enlighten my blindness, enrich my poverty, and clothe my nakedness. 

May I receive the bread of angels, the King of kings and Lord of lords, with humble reverence, with the purity and faith, the repentance and love, and the determined purpose that will help to bring me to salvation. 


May I receive the sacrament of the Lord's Body and Blood, and its reality and power.Kind God, may I receive the Body of Your only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, born from the womb of the Virgin Mary, and so be received into His mystical body and numbered among His members.


Loving Father, as on my earthly pilgrimage I now receive Your beloved Son under the veil of a sacrament, may I one day see him face to face in glory, who lives and reigns with You for ever. 


Thomas Aquinas  -  Prayer After Mass


Lord, Father all-powerful and ever-living God, I thank You, for even though I am a sinner, your unprofitable servant, not because of my worth but in the kindness of your mercy, You have fed me with the Precious Body & Blood of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. 

I pray that this Holy Communion may not bring me condemnation and punishment but forgiveness and salvation. 


May it be a helmet of faith and a shield of good will. 

May it purify me from evil ways and put an end to my evil passions. 


May it bring me charity and patience, humility and obedience, and growth in the power to do good. 

May it be my strong defence against all my enemies, visible and invisible, and the perfect calming of all my evil impulses, bodily and spiritual. 


May it unite me more closely to you, the One true God, and lead me safely through death to everlasting happiness with You. 


And I pray that You will lead me, a sinner, to the banquet where you, with Your Son and holy Spirit, are true and perfect light, total fulfilment, everlasting joy, gladness without end, and perfect happiness to your saints. grant this through Christ our Lord, 


Prayer before a Crucifix

BEHOLD, O good and sweetest Jesus,

 I cast myself upon my knees in Thy sight,

and with the most fervent desire of my soul

I pray and beseech Thee 

to impress upon my heart

lively sentiments of 

faith, hope and charity,

with true repentance for my sins and 

a most firm desire of amendment:

whilst with deep affection and grief of soul

I consider within myself 

and mentally contemplate

Thy five most precious Wounds,

having before mine eyes that which David,

the prophet, long ago spoke 

in Thine Own person concerning Thee, my Jesus:

They have pierced My hands and My feet,

they have numbered all My bones


[Psalm 21, 17, 18]

Prayer After Mass

O God, I come before you this morning, with all my failings, my troubles, my weaknesses, and all my sins. I go away now one with Christ, your Son, to live with His life in this little part of your world in which you, My Father, has set me down. 

I have offered my life with Christ to you in this Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Let me go out now and be true to that offering among all those with whom I shall meet in the course of this day (week).

Let me be to them a Christ, loving with His love; not with sentimentality and selfishness,not asking for anything, but ready to give of myself in patience, in submission, in compassion, in wrestling with self; and with Your help dying to self. 


I have not just spoken to You this morning, I have received You into my soul. Let me take You with me into the world. 


Oh Jesus, win for all of us the kind smile of Our Father. Let Him see in each one of us, not ourselves but you His Beloved Son in whom He is well pleased.

St Ignatus Loyola

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. 

Suffer me not to be separated from thee. 

From the malignant enemy defend me.

In the hour of my death call me.

And bid me come unto Thee,

That with all Thy saints,

I may praise thee

Forever and ever.