"Whoever eats my flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed. He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood abides in Me, and I in him." John 6: 54-56
Communion Prayer from the Liturgy
I believe, O Lord, and I confess that You are in truth the Christ, the Son of the living God, who came into the world to save the sinners, of whom I am the first.
I also believe that this is Your very immaculate Body and this Your very precious Blood. Therefore, I implore You: have mercy on me, and forgive me my sins, those of my own will and those not of my own, those by word, those by deed, those I knew and those I did not; and make me worthy blamelessly to partake of Your immaculate sacrament for the forgiveness of sins and for life eternal. Amen.
Unworthy as I am, how can I enter the splendor of the company of Your saints? Should I dare the Festal Chamber stealthily to enter, my garments-unfit as they are for the occasion -will give me away, and bound I shall be cast out by the Angels. My Lord, my foul soul cleanse and in Your mercy my life redeem.
Merciful Master Lord, Jesus Christ, my God, let not these Holy Gifts to my condemnation prove because of my unworthiness, but to cleansing and sanctification of soul and body, and to the betrothal of life to come and of Your Kingdom. For it is good for me to cling to my God, to place in Him the hope of my salvation.
Of Your Supper the mystical and sublime, allow me, Son of God, today to partake; to Your adversaries Your mystery I shall not reveal nor a Judas' kiss shall I give to You; but, rather as the thief I implore You: my Lord, remember me in Your kingdom.
Behold! I draw near to Christ, our immortal King and God.
The earth is the Lord's and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein; for He has founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the rivers. Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord? And who shall stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to what is false, and does not bear false witness. He will receive blessing from the Lord, and vindication from the God of his salvation. Such is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Lift up your heads, O gates! and be lifted up, O Ancient doors! That the King of glory may come in! Who is the King of Glory? the Lord, strong and mighty in battle! Lift up your heads, O gates! That the King of glory may come in! Who is the King of glory? The Lord of hosts, He is the King of glory!
A Prayer of St. Basil the Great
O Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, our God, Fountain of life and immortality, Creator of al things visible and invisible; Consubstantial and Co-eternal Son of the eternal Father, who in thine exceeding great love didst become incarnate in the latter days and was crucified for us ungrateful and wicked children, and by thine own Blood dist renew our nature corrupted by sin: Do thou, O Immortal King, receive me, a repentant sinner; incline thine ear unto me and hear my prayer. I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned against heaven and before thee, and I am not worthy to lift up my eyes to the majesty of thy glory, for I have affronted thy goodness, and broken thy commandments, and disobeyed thy laws. But thou, O Lord, most loving, long-suffering and merciful, hast not given me over to perish in my sin, but dost ever await my return, For, O Thou who lovest mankind, thou hast aid, by Thy Prophet, that thou hast no pleasure in the death of a sinner but rather that he should turn from his wickedness and live. Thou dost not desire, O Master, to destroy the words of thy hands of that they should perish, but willest that all men should be saved and come to the knowledge of the Truth. Wherefore I, although unworthy both of heaven and of earth and of this temporary life, even I, a wretched sinner who had given my self over to every evil desire, despair not of salvation, though I have been wholly subject to sin, a slave to passion, and have defiled thine image within me, who am thy creation and thy work; but trusting in thine infinite compassion, draw nigh unto thee. Receive me, O Lord, thou that lovest mankind, as thou didst receive the sinful woman, the thief, the publican and the prodigal son. Take away the heavy burden of my sins, of the world and healest the infirmities of men, and callest all that are weary and heavy laden to thyself and givest them rest; thou that camest not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance, cleanse thou me from all stain of body and soul and teach me to fulfill holiness in thy fear, that with the witness of m conscious pure, I may receive a portion of thy Holy Gifts, and be united to thy Holy Body and Precious Blood, and may have thee, with thy Father and Holy Spirit, dwelling and abiding in me. And grant, O Lord Jesus Christ, my God, that partaking of thy precious and Life-giving Mysteries may not be to my condemnation, nor may not through the weakness of my soul and body be received unworthily; but grant that even unto my last breath, I may partake of a portion of thy Holy Gifts without condemnation, unto the Communion of the Holy Spirit, as a preparation for eternal Life and for a good defense at thy dread Judgment Seat; so that I, together with all thine elect, may also receive those incorruptible good things which thou hast prepared for them that love thee, O Lord; in whom thou art glorified forever. Amen.
A Payer of St. John Damascus
Lord Jesus Christ, my God, You alone have the power to forgive sins. In Your love and goodness forgive all the sins that I have committed, whether in knowledge of in ignorance, in word or in deed. Make me worthy without condemnation to receive Your divine, glorious, pure and life giving mysteries. Grant that my communion of Your Body and Blood be not unto my punishment of increase of sins but unto my cleansing of soul, purification of body, protection against adversaries and pledge of eternal life in Your kingdom. For You are the God of mercy and compassion, and to You I give glory, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, now and forever. Amen.
A Prayer of St. John Chrysostom
O Lord, my God, I know that I am not worthy that You should enter into my soul's habitation because it is desolate and in ruins. You will find no fitting place therein to lay Your head. But as from on high you humbled yourself and came to us, so now submit to the measure of my lowliness. As You consented to lie in a manger, consent now to come into the manger of my soul and body. As You did not scorn to enter and to dine with sinners in the house of Simon the leper, scorn not to enter into the house of my humble soul, although I, too, am a sinner and leper. As You did not cast out the sinful woman, a harlot, when she approached to touch you, so have also compassion on me, a sinner, as I approach to touch You. Lord and Master, let the burning fire of Your holy Body and precious Blood be unto me for cleansing, enlightenment and strengthening of my soul and body; for relief of the burden of my many transgression, protection from all diabolical influence, restraint of my sinful habits and the putting to death of my evil passions; for help in obeying your commandments, growth in Your grace and attainment of Your kingdom. I come to you, Christ my God, not in presumption but taking courage from your loving goodness, and that I may not, by long abstaining from Your communion, become prey to the adversary. I entreat you, my Lord, who alone are holy, sanctify my soul and body, my mind and heart, my feelings and emotions. Renew my wholly, implant your awe in my being and imprint Your mark of Holiness on me. Become my helper and protector, guide my life in peace and make me worthy to stand with Your Saints at the right hand of Your glory, through the intercessions of Your pure Mother, of the heavenly powers and of all your Saints. Amen.
A Prayer of St. John Chrysostom
O God, absolve, remit, and pardon me my transgressions, as many as I have committed in sins of word or deed or thought, wittingly or unwittingly, in knowledge or ignorance-pardon me them all, for thou are gracious and thy lovest all men, And at the intercession of thy most pure Mother, of the spiritual and holy Powers that serve thee, and of all the saints well-pleasing to thee from all ages, grant that I may receive thy holy and pure Body and thy precious Blood and gain thereby healing of my soul and body, and erasure of my evil reasonings; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and unto ages of ages. Amen.
Prayers After Holy Communion
I thank You, loving Master, benefactor of my soul that on this day You have again made me worthy of your heavenly and immortal mysteries. Direct my way on the right path. Establish me firmly in Your fear. Guard my life. And make my endeavors safe, through the prayers of the glorious Theotokos and ever Virgin Mary and of all your Saints. Amen.
Lord, Jesus Christ, my God, let Your sacred Body be unto me for eternal life and Your precious Blood for forgiveness of sins. Let this Eucharist be unto me for joy , health and gladness. And in Your awesome Second Coming make me, a sinner, worthy to stand at the right hand of your glory; through the intercessions of your pure Mother and of all Your Saints. Amen.
I thank You, Lord my God, that You have not rejected me, a sinner, but have make me worthy to partake of your holy mysteries. I thank You that You have made me worthy to partake of Your holy mysteries. I thank You that You have permitted me, although I am unworthy, to receive Your pure and heavenly gifts. O loving Master, who died and rose for our sake, and granted to us these awesome and life-giving mysteries for the well-being and sanctification of our souls and bodies: let these gifts be for the healing of my own soul and body, for the averting of every evil, the illumination of the eyes of my heart, the peace of my spiritual powers, a faith unashamed, a love, unfeigned, the fulfilling of wisdom, the observing of your commandments, the receiving of Your divine grace and the inheritance of Your kingdom. Preserved by them in Your holiness, may I always be mindful of your grace and no longer live for myself, but for you, our Master and Benefactor. May I pass from this life in the hope of eternal life, and attain to the everlasting rest, where the voices of Your saints who feast are unceasing and their joy beholding the ineffable beauty of Your countenance is unending. For You, Christ our God, are the true joy and gladness of those who love you and all creation praises you forever. Amen.
May the holy Body, O Lord Jesus Christ our God, be unto me for life eternal, and thy precious Blood unto remission of my sins. May this Eucharist be unto me for joy, health, and gladness; and at thy dread Second Coming make me, a sinner, worthy to stand at the right hand of thy glory; through the intercessions of thine all-immaculate Mother and of all thy Saints. Amen.
A Prayer of St. Simeon Metaphastes
O thou who willingly dost give thy flesh to me as food, Thou who art a Fire, consuming the unworthy, Consume me not, O my Creator; But rather pass through all my body parts, Into all my joints, my reins, my heart. Burn thou the thorns of all my transgressions, cleanse my soul, and hallow thou my thoughts. Make firm my knees, and my bones likewise; Enlighten as one my five senses, establish me wholly in thy fear; Ever shelter me, and guard and keep me from every soul-corrupting deed and word, chasten me, purify me, and control me; Adorn me, teach me, and enlighten me. Show me to be a Tabernacle of thy Spirit only, and in no wise the dwelling-place of sin, that from me, thy habitation, through the entrance of the communion, every evil deed and every passion may flee as from a fire. As intercessors I bring to thee all the Saints, both the Angelic Leaders of the Bodiless Powers, thy Forerunner, and the wise Apostles; and besides these, thine immaculate and chaste Mother; do thou accept their prayers, my Christ, who art compassionate, and make thy servant to be a child of the light: for thou alone, Good Lord, are the sanctification and splendor of our souls, and to thee as God and Master, day by day, duly we all ascribe glory.