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.
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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Here are five great prayers you can use before Communion or the Lord’s Supper.
Prayer for Humility
Let us now bow humbly before You at this time, where we are about to receive Communion or the Lord’s Supper. We have no reason to have any pride Father, especially knowing that You resist those who are prideful (James 4:6). Help us to remain humble at the receiving of the bread and wine, because of what they symbolize, which gives significance to their meaning. Jesus, when we receive the bread and wine (juice), let us stay humble in recognizing that You paid such a high price that You did not owe, and shed your precious blood so that we might be saved. Righteous Father, let that sink deep into our hearts and make us grateful for the cost Your dear Son, Jesus Christ, paid. As we gaze upon Your beauty Jesus, let us receive the bread and wine with humility, knowing You are present with us, but also acknowledging that You made our redemption possible by your own precious blood and life, so we ask Your blessing on our Communion Lord, and to receive it for Your glory and in the wonderful name of Jesus Christ, we pray, Amen.
Prayer for Examining
I do pray that those who have come to the Lord’s Supper have examined themselves beforehand so that they do not drink the wine (grape juice) or eat the bread in an unworthy manner, meaning that we don’t forget to esteem the precious body and blood of our Savior, and discerning it’s meaning for us today. I remember Jesus promising that the next time He partakes of Communion, it will be with those who dine with Him in the kingdom, as part of the celebration at the wedding feast of the Lamb of God with His bride, the church. That day we will partake of the meal in His presence is what we yearn for, and why Paul may have said that as long as we partake of the bread and wine, we proclaim His coming, so let us do just that, but do so with a heart that is willing to be examined to see if there is any unconfessed sin in our lives, and if there is Father, please forgive us so that we might have peace of mind when taking the bread and the wine, and we truly look forward to partaking of this meal in the very presence of Jesus Christ someday, and it is in His name we pray, Amen.
Prayer for Exalting
Great God in heaven,
Just to be able to fellowship with You and with Christ at Communion is such a privilege, that we cannot even express it in words. How grateful we are God, that You passed over our sins because of the shed blood of Christ, poured out for those who have trusted in Him. Help us to exalt You oh Lord in this service and to praise, honor, thank, and give You glory for our being able to commune with You because of Jesus Christ. If not for the precious blood of the Lamb of God, which has cleansed us from all unrighteousness (2nd Cor 5:21; 1 John 1:9), we would still be in our sins and only deserving Your wrath, but for some unknown reason God, You chose us to become a people for Your own self, and that You have said, “I will be your God, and you shall be my people.” What a glorious thing to contemplate, especially since not even one of us are good and not even one has ever sought you (Rom 3:10-11). You sought us and bought us, and now we give You thanks and ask Your blessing on the bread and wine, and we ask this in the name of and for the glory of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Prayer for Remembering
Father God in heaven,
Help us to remember the agony that Jesus endured before going to Calvary and not just on the cross. He knew beforehand that He would be bearing the sins of the world. How heavy that must have felt, we can only imagine how abandoned and forsaken He must have felt. I don’t think any of us can really know what our precious Savior endured for us on the cross. The shame, the beatings, the torture, and the agony of being crucified for something He didn’t do, and dying for us who were the ones that deserved this wrath. He grieved the sin that He bore so much that He sweat drops of blood. How hard was it for our sinless Savior to bare our sins? What price, what glory, what passion! Thank You Lord for this tremendous privilege. Great God, help us to keep sober minds and quiet spirits as we partake of the Lord’s Supper, understanding the suffering of the Savior’s passion for this meal to even be possible. Let this sink deep into our minds and cause our hearts to realize just how great a price He paid for those of us who had no hope outside of Christ. We know we should take stock of our lives well before Communion to see if there is any area in our life that is not right with You. Help us to see this as a somber, yet joyful occasion, but that every person should come with a clean conscience beforehand. And Father, help us all to remember the supreme cost that Jesus Christ paid, but as His Father, You too suffered greatly, and we can’t imagine what that was like for You Father, and so in the mighty name of Jesus, we ask a blessing on this Communion, and for Your glory, it is in Jesus Christ’s holy name we pray, Amen.
Prayer for Unity
You have called us to be a people for Your own self, and so help us to unify in spirit and in purpose, to do the things You have appointed us to do (Eph 2:10), and this includes partaking and participating in the Lord’s Supper, as a body, which we are commanded to do. Since this is Your body, the church (Matt 25:34-40), we know that You are present with us, and that You are in each and every one of us; You are all and in all. Let us remain quiet in spirit and in movement God, showing deep reverence for such a sacrament. Help us stay focused on the bread and wine, and to think about these symbols, Lord. The body and the blood, both poured out as a drink offering, for a once-and-for-all sacrifice (Heb 10:10). We are overwhelmed by such amazing grace God, that I cannot even express it in a words or prayer! How wonderful are Your ways and awesome are Your blessings; we thank You Lord for the bread and wine and what these mean to us, and what they tell us about our eternity. But more so, what these meant for Christ (John 3:16), as there was no greater love ever shown Lord, in all of human history, and so in a spirit of unity we all now partake of the wine and the bread, and give You the glory for Your amazing grace, in Jesus’ most beloved name I pray, Amen.
Whatever prayer you pray before and/or after the Lord’s Supper or Communion, pray to God with a deep sense of humility, make it be a time of self-examination, and strive to live a life that glorifies God, by proclaiming to others, all of the marvelous things He has done for us, and finally, pray that you come together as a body, a community of believers, in fellowship with one another, having a relationship with one another, but most of all, to be in fellowship with the Living God, our Father; Jesus Christ, the Son of God; and God the Holy Spirit, for without which, we couldn’t even have a relationship with God.
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Preparation of the Gifts
The second major part of the Mass begins with the preparation of the gifts that are to be presented to the Father. This is sometimes wrongly called the offertory. The gifts, bread and wine, are brought to the altar in procession preferably accompanied by song. It’s best if all who receive communion take bread and wine presented during the Mass at which they are present, so all the breads and all the wine should be a part of the procession. Taking hosts from the tabernacle should be avoided.
The gifts of bread and wine are brought from the far end of the church through the assembly to indicate these are gifts from the people. Most importantly, this indicates the people are making a gift of themselves to be transformed with the bread and wine. This is a matter that is not at all understood by the people and perhaps the liturgy needs to be modified to make it more obvious that the people are making a gift of themselves just as Christ gifted himself to the Father. Pope Benedict XVI takes this idea even further.
This humble and simple gesture is actually very significant: in the bread and wine that we bring to the altar, all creation is taken up by Christ the Redeemer to be transformed and presented to the Father. (Sacramentum Caritatis, 47, 2007)
This observation has a cosmic ring to it which I will develop further in Chapter 18: Eucharist and the Cosmos.
The collection is often taken up at the same time and brought to the altar. This money is presented to assist the poor, to provide upkeep for the local clergy and pay for all the infrastructure of the parish. The money that people take from their pockets and purses can be seen as a symbol of themselves, though I doubt that this enters the consciousness of many.
The bringing of gifts to the assembly – for the sake of the poor, for the use of the community, and for the sacramental table – is an important ritual and symbolic part of Christian gathering. (David N. Power, Eucharistic Justice in Theological Studies, December 2006, Vol. 67, No.4, p.866)
The priest receives the bread and wine and places them on the altar. A little water is added to the wine with the prayer:
By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share in our humanity.
The water can be seen to symbolise the human nature of Jesus which is united in a mysterious way to his divine nature. The water may also symbolise ourselves who ardently desire to be united with Jesus both in his humanity and in his divinity. The prayer recognises that there is something of the divine as well as the human in each of us.
The spirituality of the Eucharist increases our awareness of the divine within our frail humanity.
Bread & Wine (Patrick Negri, 2003)
The Work of Human Hands
The presider presents the bread and the wine to the Father by elevating them a little above the altar with prayers to accompany these gestures. Both prayers begin, ‘Blessed are you, Lord, God of all creation’, a brief prayer of praise taken from the Jewish tradition.
The prayer for the bread says
Through your goodness we have this bread to offer, which earth has given and human hands have made. It will become for us the bread of life.
The prayer for the wine says
Through your goodness we have this wine to offer, fruit of the vine and work of human hands. It will become our spiritual drink.
Both prayers recognise that the gifts have come to us through material grown in the earth and then processed by human hands. The earth produces all the food that we eat and has done so for humans since we first evolved, perhaps 200,000 years ago. Prior to that, the planet sustained the life of every creature that has ever lived over millions of years from the tiniest bacteria to the mightiest dinosaurs and whales.
The prayers also pay tribute to our human civilization which has learned over thousands of years how to cultivate wheat and grapes to produce better crops and then to process these into high quality products. Consider the way farmers have tried all kinds of methods of growing wheat and grapes; all the different varieties, all the different ways of harvesting and storing; and the actual processing of the wheat into bread and grapes into wine. These skills are gifts from God and it’s fitting that we offer them back to God in the Eucharist.
This close link between the Eucharist and the land motivates us to do all we can to preserve the fruitfulness of the earth which is now under serious threat due to global warming, water shortage, pollution and salinity. Eucharistic spirituality leads to greater respect for all God’s creation and motivates us towards greater ecological sensitivity.
‘The work of human hands’ evokes thoughts of the billions of men and women who labour day after day to earn an upkeep for their families. We remember those who work on the land producing all the food and drink we need and those who work in factories, offices, schools and mines.
Human hands and human minds have given us the wonders of fine art from the likes of Michelangelo and Beethoven. Doctors, surgeons and nurses have used their hands to heal the sick and the injured. We can reflect on all these achievements and give thanks to God at this point in the Eucharist.
Offer Yourself to be Transformed
Both the prayer for the bread and the prayer for the wine look forward to the transformation of these gifts into our spiritual food and drink. ‘Transformation’ is one of the key words for the Eucharist and has received a lot of attention in recent times. The bread and wine now being presented to the Father will be transformed into the body and blood of Christ. But that’s not the only transformation that should take place in this wonderful mystery. We are to be transformed along with the bread and wine.
I will deal with this at some length in Chapter 12: Eucharist as Transformation. I will just say here it’s a very good practice to offer yourself to be transformed together with the bread and wine. In your imagination you knead into the bread any parts of your physical body that require healing. You pour into the chalice your emotional and spiritual difficulties with the firm conviction these will be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.
This surrendering of ourselves with the bread and wine is a very important element in our spirituality. It contributes hugely to our active participation in the Eucharist by making us more personally involved.
Prayer over the Gifts
After the bread and wine are presented to the Father, there is a prayer over these gifts. This prayer is variable like the Opening Prayer and the Prayer after Communion. These prayers may ask the Lord ‘to purify us in mind and heart and make us always eager to serve you’ or ‘help us grow in holiness and faith’ or ‘bring us closer to eternal salvation’. There is not much point in attending the Eucharist unless we are prepared to change, to grow in holiness, to become more mature people, to be more loving, to become more like Christ our leader. It’s good to listen carefully to these prayers and make them our own with a sincere ‘Amen’: ‘So be it’.
Sometimes the prayer refers to ‘a holy exchange of gifts’ as in the prayer for the twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B which says
Lord, accept our sacrifice as a holy exchange of gifts. By offering what you have given us may we receive the gift of yourself.
There’s a two way process going on here. Everything we possess ultimately comes from God: our material possessions, our bodies, our health and our skills. These are gifts from God, but we offer them back to God in recognition that they come from him.
Eucharistic Prayer III confirms this thought: ‘May he (Christ) make us an everlasting gift to you.’ The spirituality of the Eucharist challenges us to ‘gift’ ourselves to God.
→ Chapter 5: The Liturgy of the Eucharist