Prayers Before Holy Communion

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Prayers for Holy Communion During the Divine Liturgy

The following prayers may be said during the Divine Liturgy and while the priest is preparing to receive and distribute Holy Communion

Prayer of St John Chrysostom

I believe, Lord, and I confess
that you are truly the Christ, the Son of the living God,
who came into the world to save sinners,
of whom I am the first.
I also believe that this is indeed your pure Body,
and this is indeed your precious Blood.
I ask you, therefore, have mercy on me and forgive me my transgressions,
voluntary and involuntary, in word and deed,
in knowledge and in ignorance;
and make me worthy, uncondemned, to partake of your pure mysteries,
for the forgiveness of sins and life eternal. Amen

Verses of St Symeon Metaphrastes

Behold, I approach for holy Communion;
Maker, burn me not as I partake;
For you are fire burning the unworthy;
But cleanse me from every impurity.


Of your mystical Supper, Son of God, receive me today as a partaker;
for I will not speak of the mystery to your enemies;
I will not kiss you as did Judas;
but as the Thief do I confess you;
Remember me, Lord, in your kingdom.


Tremble, mortal, as you behold the deifying Blood;
For it is a burning coal consuming the unworthy.
The Body of God both deifies and nourishes me;
It deifies the spirit and wondrously nourishes the mind.


You have smitten me with yearning, Christ,
and by your divine love you have changed me;
but consume my sins with immaterial fire,
and make me worthy to be filled with delight in you,
that leaping for joy, Gracious One,
I may magnify your first and second comings.

Into the splendour of your Saints how shall I, the unworthy one, enter?
For if I dare to enter the bridal chamber, my clothing betrays me,
for it is not a wedding garment,
and I shall be bound and cast out by the Angels.
Cleanse the defilement of my soul, Lord,
and save me in your loving kindness.


Loving Master, Lord Jesus Christ my God,
let not these holy gifts be to me for judgement through my unworthiness,
but for the purification and sanctification of both soul and body,
and as a pledge of the life and kingdom to come.
For it is good for me to cling to God,
and to place in the Lord the hope of my salvation.

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