From the Didache, Chapter 10 (late 1st or early 2nd century):
We give you thanks, Holy Father,
for your holy name, which you have caused to dwell in our hearts,
and for the knowledge and faith and immortality that you have made known to us through Jesus your servant;
to you be the glory forever.
You, almighty Master, created all things for your name’s sake,
and gave food and drink to humans to enjoy, so that they might give you thanks;
but to us you have graciously given spiritual food and drink,
and eternal life through your servant.
Above all we give thanks to you because you are mighty;
to you be the glory forever.
Remember your church, Lord,
to deliver is from all evil and to make it perfect in your love;
and from the four winds gather the church that has been sanctified into your kingdom,
which you have prepared for it;
for yours is the power and the glory forever.
May grace come, and may this world pass away.
Hosanna to the God of David.
If anyone is holy, let him come;
if anyone is not, let him repent.
Welcome to our growing library of communion prayers. If you know of a good prayer to say at communion, we invite you to add it at the bottom of the page.
Table of contents
- 1 The Bread and The Cup
- 2 Catholic Communion Prayers
- 3 Prayers for After Communion
- 4 Bible Verses About Faith
- 5 What is important for us Holy Communion?
- 6 Where and how to read these prayers?
- 7 first
- 8 Prayer of St. Basil the Great
- 9 Prayer third
- 10 very short, the fourth prayer
- 11 prayer of thanksgiving Virgin
- 12 passage of the Gospel text and the subsequent troparia
- 13 Our day after Holy Communion
The Bread and The Cup
Often times, prayers for the Eucharist will be broken up into two sections; For the Bread, and For the Cup. One prayer is to be said before the breaking of the bread, and one before the pouring of the wine.
For the Bread:
Crucified God, we wear beautiful crosses around
our necks, and hang them on our walls. We have
made your triumphant sign of suffering decorative,
when what it really needs to be is defining.
So make us cruciform Lord, in our weekly
remembrance of Christs death on the cross
in our breaking of this bread.
Let us show by the offering of our hearts and hands
the depth of our commitment to live for him who died for us.
In lives of sacrifice and service, empower our
witness to Jesus Christ, whose cross so powerfully
proclaims your love.
For the Cup:
In lifting this cup of remembrance here this morning
Oh God of sacrifice, we are lifting high the cross of Christ
and proclaiming your great love.
We partake, with gratitude, all the gifts that ours
in Christ crucified – new life, real unity, eternal life,
and a meaningful purpose.
Fill us now again with the power of your spirit
that we might be bold in our witness to Jesus Christ,till all the world adores his sacred name.
A First Communion
I believe that You are present in the
Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
I believe it because you have said it
and Im ready to give my life to
maintain this truth.
Prayer for Receiving the Lord
Sweet Jesus, thank You for everything You have bestowed upon me. You have sacrificed Your life to save all of mankind from our sins. You have generously shared with us Your life when You could have chosen not to. Forgive me for the sins I have done against You and for the ones I will be making.
I promise that I will be a better person for you and for others. Bless the hands of the hard working, the hearts of the loving and the souls of those who help.
In Your name, I pray. Amen.
Being One with Jesus
Dear God, I come to You today to praise and glorify Your name. You have showered us with wonderful gifts. The best gift of all is giving Your son to save us from our sins.
There is no worse grief for a father than to lose his son. You have been unselfish and very giving even to those who have turned their backs on You. I pray that they come back to Your welcoming arms. I dedicate this prayer to those who need someone to call on to when the days get rough and the nights are worst.
Give them the strength and courage to come back to You, Father. Being with Jesus has ultimately changed my life. Let it be for them as well.
In Your glory always, I pray. Amen.
Prayer at a Child’s First Communion
Lord Jesus Christ, in the Sacrament of
the Eucharist You left us the outstanding
manifestation of your limitless love for us.
Thank You for giving our child the
opportunity to experience this love
in receiving the Sacrament for the first time.
May your Eucharist presence keep him/her
ever free from sin, fortified in faith,
pervaded by love for God and neighbor,
and fruitful in virtue, that he/she may
continue to receive You throughout life and
attain final union with You at death.
Prayer to Receive the Lord
Lord, as You enter my body, please cleanse me from all my sins.
Teach me to become as pure as You and Your mother Mary. I pray that I become a better person and be kinder to my neighbours. May Your presence in me make me a better person and do whatever is only on Your will.
Thank You for keeping me warm on those cold toasty nights and safe from harm. I pray that all my loved ones live in Your presence and that they always do what is right. I pray for the world to have peace especially in their hearts.
I pray this for Your glory, Lord. Amen.
A Prayer of Thanksgiving
Loving and compassionate God,
God of infinite goodness and mercy,
Your blessed name be glorified.
Yours is the glory,
You are the ruler of all the land and everything on it;
You are the ruler of the world and all its inhabitants.
God of all of us, teach us to live the way you have always wanted.
You are our God and savior,
And our trust is always in you.
We thank you for the blessings that you give us every day.
We thank you for providing food to those in need.
We thank you for blessing us with the desire for your justice for those who are poor.
We thank you for blessing us with the voice to speak for the voiceless.
We thank you for allowing us to be your hands and feet in the world,
For the blessing of being part of the great family that is your Church.
Hear our prayer and help us remember always your call to justice and compassion.
Our God, you will conquer all injustice; with your help we will be victorious.
Prayer After Communion
Lord Jesus, I love and adore you. You’re a special friend to me.
Welcome, Lord Jesus, o welcome. Thank you for coming to me. Thank you, Lord Jesus, o thank you for giving yourself to me. Make me strong to show your love wherever I may be. Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask you to stay close by my forever and love me, I pray. Bless all of us children in your loving care and bring us to heaven to live with you there.
I’m ready now, Lord Jesus, to show how much I care. I’m ready now to give your love at home and everywhere.
Catholic Communion Prayers
Here are some prayers for the Blessed Sacrament from the Catholic tradition.
The Sanctity of Life
My God, we adore You here in the Blessed Sacrament.
As we kneel before You, we recognize You
as the Creator of all Life. We thank You and
praise You for the lives you have given to us
and to those we love. Give us a true and lasting
respect for all life, for we recognize it as coming
from You. We pray for all who have suffered or
died as a result of disrespect whether that suffering
and death has come as a result of abuse, war, gossip,
We pray for an end for all disrespect of life. As we
kneel before You we ask You to forgive all those who
do not respect the sanctity of life. We repeat the words
you spoke as you hung on the cross, ‘Father, forgive them,
for they know not what they do.
Hail to Thee, True Body
Hail to thee, true body born
From Virgin Mary’s womb!
The same that on the cross was nailed
And bore for man the bitter doom.
Thou, whose side was pierced and flowed
Both with water and with blood;
Suffer us to taste of thee,
In our life’s last agony.
O kind, O loving one!
O sweet Jesus, Mary’s Son!
Prayers for After Communion
Here are some simple, short prayer to say after the communion has ended.
Go As Children of God
Go as risk takers,
For God has nourished you with bread and cup.
Go as new creatures,
For God is saving you from your sin.
Go as children of God,
For God will be with us all.
Gracious God, here at this table we have been, in the company of Jesus Christ, our savior and redeemer.
You have revealed your loving ways to us in broken bread
and poured cup.
Now, as your light has illuminated
our lives. Help us be a light for others.
Prayer of Thanksgiving After Communion
Lord Jesus, thank You for being with me today! You have been my guide and guard in all my days and I pray that continue to be so. Thank You for always keeping me safe and warm, for keeping me away from harm.
Thank You for giving me the gift of living another day and for my family who are never away. Bless those who are in need of Your loving protection. Let them be under Your wing and they will never be astray.
May this prayer keep all evils away and only the good will stay. Amen.
Eternal Light, shine in our hearts.
Eternal Goodness, you have drawn us to your heart.
and united us in the sacrament of Christs body and blood.
Eternal Power, be our support.
Eternal Wisdom, scatter the darkness of our ignorance.
Eternal Pity, have mercy upon us.
That with all our heart and mind and soul and strength
we may seek your face and be brought by your infinite
mercy to your holy presence; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Bible Verses About Faith
“In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one;”
It is common to use scripture in communion prayers. Click here to read Bible Verses About Faith
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In the life of every Orthodox person there are events that go far beyond the everyday joys and sorrows.These are the days when on him the sacrament of Holy Communion.They lie in a completely different plane of life.They bring joy, but the joy of a special kind, is not commensurate with the joy that gives us life on earth.These are the days of our union with God.
What is important for us Holy Communion?
great sacrament of the body and blood of the Lord makes our human nature akin to God.His body and blood are a part of us, an organic part of our soul and body.As a person inherits from their biological parents, some of which he has become by virtue of kinship by blood, certain, inherent quality and apprehended a body and blood of the Lord, we become heirs of his qualities.
Lord in his earthly life, bringing the ransom sacrifice, died and then resurrected in a completely different flesh.This flesh was endowed with properties inaccessible to man.But Holy Communion makes us – the creation of his hand
s – and the heirs of the flesh, and this immortality.Furthermore, Jesus Christ, the incarnate of the Virgin Mary, took all the human qualities but sinfulness.God is sinless.
reading prayers included in The Service of Holy Communion, we ask God to deliver us from the bondage of sin, gravitating over us since the fall of the first people – Adam and Eve.And our prayers are justified.After all, becoming partakers of the divine body and blood, we have to get rid of sinful bondage.For the great joy of spiritual renewal and gaining immortality, we thank the Lord God, raising his thanksgiving after communion.
Where and how to read these prayers?
Communion of the Holy Mysteries of the Body and Blood of Christ takes place in the church during the liturgy.At the end of the read on behalf of all who are vouchsafed in this day holy sacrament, the prayer of thanksgiving after Communion.Usually, it reads acolyte.But sometimes the parishioners returned home from the temple, open the prayer book and read for yourself.
text, which is a prayer of gratitude for the Lord’s Supper, includes five separate prayers.This is followed by the famous words of St. Reverend Simeon, “Nunc Dimittis …” – and then read the text troparion also, depending on the liturgy of the saint was accomplished on this day.All these prayers serves one purpose – to glorify the dignity and thank the Lord God for giving us a great favor.No wonder thanksgiving after communion preceded by words, are encouraged to read them warmly and sincerely.
Prayer This prayer begins with the words of gratitude to God for the fact that, in spite of our sinfulness, he did not reject us and revealed to be partakers of His holy mysteries.This is followed by a request that the body and blood of his served as spiritual healing and physical health.They helped to repel any enemy, visible and invisible, to enlighten the knowledge of the Divine Mysteries in the strengthening of faith and gave strength to meet the holy commandments of the Lord.This is the first prayer of thanksgiving after Communion ends with the words, expressed a desire to continue to dedicate his life to the service of God, and asking for the help of the grace of the way.This is followed by a prayer written in the IV century St. Basil the Great.
Prayer of St. Basil the Great
First of all you need to say a few words about this saint.Basil the Great was born in Caesarea in 303 AD.Having a child a good education, he continued his in Athens.Here he met with the other pillar of Christianity – Gregory the Theologian.Their friendship lasted a lifetime.In Athens, St. Basil entered the path of asceticism and knowledge of Christian doctrine.Soon he took holy orders.St. traveled.Gathering a circle of like-minded, he became their spiritual mentor.
He wrote many extant theological writings.Prayers of thanksgiving after Communion, written by St. Basil the Great, full of deep and sincere feelings.He begins it with words of gratitude for all the blessings bestowed upon him by God.Prelate asks the Lord to always keep his grace and divine power.Finally, he prays that the Lord has allowed it to preserve its unblemished conscience and always proceed to the holy sacraments to consciousness of his spiritual purity.
author it is the holy monk Simeon Metaphrastes, who lived in Greece at the turn of the IX-X centuries.He went down in history as an outstanding Christian theologian and historian.They created an extensive collection of Lives of the Saints, edited and supplied with comments.He wrote a prayer of thanksgiving after Communion is read a third in a row.From it, he likens the Lord God of fire, pozhigayuschemu all unworthy.Monk prays for his life, consumed sinful thorns nesting in it, and make it the abode of the Holy Spirit.Rev. surrenders to God’s industry and relies on its defense.
very short, the fourth prayer
This small volume of prayer filled with a very deep meaning.It signed an appeal to God for the gift of eternal life – the main and the desired goal of every Christian.Then the words of the prayer call out to the Lord to send down mercy on the Day of Judgment, which will follow the Second Coming.
prayer of thanksgiving Virgin
Holy Mother of God enjoys great love and reverence for all Christians.To her very special relationship.His purity and holiness, it is superior to the angelic hosts.It can not compare even the cherubim and seraphim.Therefore, prayer is addressed to it, it begins with the words full of sincere love.”Light pomrachёnnoy soul, cover, shelter, comfort and joy” – this epithet, which begins was brought her to thank for the fact that it was vouchsafed us to partake of the blood and the body of her Son.
In prayer, we are acknowledging himself put to death by sin, ask Pure revive us.For her, gave birth to the source of immortality, nothing is impossible.We ask to direct our thoughts to good deeds, and to fill the hearts of God’s love.And like all the previous prayers, thanksgiving prayer asking the Virgin completes the granting us the opportunity to take the rest of my life sanctuary immaculate mysteries.
passage of the Gospel text and the subsequent troparia
After the prayers to the Blessed Virgin Mary to read a short Bible text, including the words of the Holy Reverend Simeon uttered them when he saw the light of the Holy Spirit in the temple brought by the baby Jesus the incarnate God.His “Nunc Dimittis …” concludes prayers of thanksgiving after Communion, which are described above.
But this is not the end of our thanksgiving.Then read and troparia kontakia, with which it depends on, the liturgy of the saint is.It could be a Liturgy of St. Basil the Great, and could have – John Chrysostom.In addition, if you serve the liturgy Prezhdeosvyaschёnnyh gifts, read the troparion to St. Gregory Dialogos and the corresponding kontakion.Thanksgiving prayer guardian angel in this list does not include prayers, but it is quite clear that we can not but thank the custodian of our body and soul, do not give him credit for all that we owe him, including for the grace of the Holy Communion.There is a lot of prayer to our guardian angel.You can read any of them.The main thing that it was from the heart.In preparation for Holy Communion, each reading a large number of prayers prescribed by the charter of the church.Among them is canon guardian angel.Very well read it and after the holy sacrament.
Our day after Holy Communion
But prayer of thanks for the Lord’s Supper is not a complete range of our responsibilities associated with this important sacrament.Holy Church strongly recommends to dedicate this day the study of the word of God, thinking about God and concern for the preservation of spiritual purity.It is best that day to withdraw from all the leisure and devoid of spirituality.It is recommended to refrain from all kinds of entertainment.Even those who are not ordinary days condemned the church the day of communion may be misplaced.Also forbidden sexual relations and smoking.Usta, who took a body and blood of the Lord shall not defile anything.Therefore it is absolutely unacceptable use of swear words.
Lord has given us to talk to him a powerful and reliable tool – Orthodox prayers.Gratitude, pleading and repentance – they lift up our hearts and souls.No matter whether it is a church prayers read in church, or home – privately, of grace they become a subject of our deep faith and sincerity with which we pronounce them.And each time, starting to him, we must remember that at the moment are making great mystery of communion with God.
Here is the Prayer of Thanksgiving that we used during communion during our joint ordination/installation service this past Saturday. Since technically 4 things (Alex getting ordained, Alex getting installed, Megan getting ordained, Megan getting intsalled) were happening during the service Alex insisted on calling it a QUADRINATION. So, here is the QUADRINATION Communion Prayer of Thanksgiving which relies heavily on biochemistry. Alex wrote this prayer. Please feel free to use it or not or whatever.
Great God of Heaven and Earth and whatever else there is…
We thank you for the strange science of your table.
The beautiful chemistry of your people
And the physics of your grace.
We thank you for the first moments of creation…
For the first atoms of Hydrogen and Helium bursting forth from chaos. Your glory was revealed to a brand new universe in that instance. It must have been beautiful. Atoms bonding to atoms for the first time, forming new molecules that we’re still trying to figure out. Fusing and fusing, those basic elements came together to exist us and everything we know… and don’t know. Thank you God, for your creation continuing to take shape.
We thank you for the moment when Christ came to us…
When all that makes you God mixed with all that makes us human: Oxygen, Carbon, Hydrogen, Nitrogen, and Calcium… forming a human. Your son among us. These simple atoms, which bound together in intricate systems form our bodies, these few elements made up Christ’s body too and conquered death. We thank you for your son, Immanuel, a human sack of molecules like us, for his guidance and teachings, his resurrection and grace.
We thank you for fermentation, God, the process of things breaking down…
Once just flour and water, yeast cells broke things down to make this loaf of bread rise. God, You even give bacteria a holy job. They broke down the sugar from the grapes to make the wine that Jesus poured out for his disciples. How beautiful that the table of your people, God, is set with the sum of a thousand microscopic breakdowns? Help us to remember this when we break down, that you love us in our breakdowns… that breakdowns are welcome at this table. We are all welcome in the chemistry of your people gathered at this table in your name.
From Creation to Fermentation, God, you lead us to this table again and again. Bond us together like the strongest molecule as we pray together the prayer Christ taught us: