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Preparation for Mass prayer!

Friday, January 13, 2006
Praised be Jesus Christ!! Now and Forever!!

A friend sent this prayer to me by email and I liked it so much I wanted to post it. It is a prayer for preparation for Holy Mass written by Saint Ambrose. I did not have time to find the proper links for the prayer and the life of Saint Ambrose but will come back later tonight and update this posting.
Thanks Dennis for the prayer!
Omnia Pro Iesu Per Mariam!!

"Lord, Jesus Christ,
I approach your banquet table in fear and trembling,
for I am a sinner, and dare not rely on my own worth
but only on your goodness and mercy.
I am defiled by many sins in body and soul,
and by my unguarded thoughts and words.
Gracious God of majesty and awe,
I seek your protection,
I look for healing, poor troubled sinner that I am,
I appeal to you, the fountain of all mercy.
I cannot bear your judgment, but I trust in your salvation.
Lord, I show my wounds to you and uncover my shame before you.
I know my sins are many and great, and they fill me
with fear, but I hope in your mercies, for they cannot be numbered.
Lord Jesus Christ, eternal King, God and man,
crucified for mankind, look upon me with mercy and hear my prayer,
for I trust in you.
Have mercy on me, full of sorrow and sin,
for the depth of your compassion never ends.
Praise to you, saving sacrifice, offered on the wood of the cross for me
and for all mankind.
Praise to the noble and precious blood, flowing from the wounds
of my crucified Lord Jesus Christ and washing away the sins of the whole world.
Remember, Lord, your creature, whom you have redeemed with your blood.
I repent my sins, and I long to put right what I have done.
Merciful Father, take away all my offenses and sins,
purify me in body and soul, and make me worthy to taste the holy
of holies.
May your body and blood, which I intend to receive,
although I am unworthy, be for me the remission of my sins,
the washing away of my guilt, the end of my evil thoughts,
and the rebirth of my better instincts. May it incite me
to do the works pleasing to you and profitable to my
health in body and soul, and be a firm defense against
the wiles of my enemies. Amen." + St. Ambrose
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