Soul of Christ, sanctify me

Although fallen into relative disuse after the Second Vatican Council, the Anima Christi prayer is rich in devotional allusions to the wounds of Our Blessed Savior and the mysteries of the Holy Eucharist.  It is worthy of frequent recitation by all who aspire to union with Christ and who wish to make reparation for outrages, sacrileges and negligence toward the Blessed Sacrament, especially as we approach the traditional Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus on July 1.

The Anima Christi is believed to have been composed in the early fourteenth century AD.  It is included at the beginning of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.


Anima Christi, sanctifica me.
Corpus Christi, salva me.
Sanguis Christi, inebria me.
Aqua lateris Christi, lava me.
Passio Christi, conforta me.
O bone Jesu, 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.
Never let me 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 Thy Saints I may praise thee
For ever and ever

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