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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Note To Host of Communion Ceremony: Read and share. . . pausing as the Spirit leads, so that participants can focus on each step and absorb the benefits of the overall experience. Several songs from Ann Wolf Music are suggested at various points of the Ceremony, that can be played as you go, or you are welcome to use music that inspires you from other sources.
MOTL – Suggested Communion Service Script
“This do in remembrance of me.”- 1 Corinthians 11:24 (KJV)
“Welcome to the Lord’s Table and to our Communion Ceremony!”
Before we begin, let’s take a moment to consider the purpose of our Ceremony.
Communion offers us a special opportunity to “Remember” the sacrifices of Jesus at the time of his passion and death as well as to reflect on the many examples of Love and Mercy which he gave us throughout his life and ministry on earth.
Why do we do this? We “Remember” so we might follow in the Footsteps of the Master, a path which will require much commitment and the development of character of soul; a path for which we will need to refresh our hearts and minds on a regular basis in order to continue in our daily resolve to become those who are known by their Fruit.
In Galatians 5:22-23 , Fruit of the Spirit is described with these verses:
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” (KJV)
Communion involves “Belief” in that we think about and appreciate what occurred in the life of Jesus some 2000 years ago. Yet, we are also celebrating what is possible for our souls to achieve by the Grace of God in becoming spiritual in nature.
Host continues to Read:
Throughout that process of soul-development, it is likely that all of us struggle from time to time in being able to consistently forgive; and we may find it hard to demonstrate Fruit of the Spirit or hold to Mercy in the face of difficult or painful events.
But via the New Nature (by the Spirit) we can learn to forgive; and we can become vessels for Spiritual Fruit, which is why we need the Spirit and why examples which Jesus left us are so important to “Remember” and to draw from frequently and as often as needed.
So in moving closer to the goal of becoming “Christ-like,”… we remind ourselves during Communion, that we have been given the Gift of the Holy Ghost (which is Grace,) bringing the Resurrection Power, to lift us, to enable us, and to carry us where we cannot go without that help.
We also ask the Spirit or the New Man at Communion time, not only to “discern” our hearts and motives, but to show us where we might need to come up higher in our Love Walk.
After we are clear and responsive to what “chastening” or encouragement that there is to receive from the “Greater He” within us, we move on to partake of the Bread, representing mercy and representing all of us in the Body who are to be the Bread of Mercy.
Then, we take the Fruit of the Vine, representing the Spirit within us by which we can transform; all of this is done in celebration of our New and wonderful Covenant.
Here are some words from Scripture which can help us appreciate the benefits of receiving correction from the Holy Spirit.
In 1 Corinthians 11:32 we find, “But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.” (KJV)
In this Scripture we see that whenever we submit to being examined or “judged” by the Spirit, by the Christ in us or “of the Lord” as the verse states, we are then open and able to be corrected and redirected, especially if we have become side-tracked or distracted from a focus on the Spirit.
As our soul identifies more and more with the Spirit of Christ…or… as “the two become one,” that is… the soul and the Spirit, we find ourselves living more and more by the leading of the Holy Spirit.
In Proverbs 3:11-13 we read, “My son, despise not the chastening of the Lord; neither be weary of his correction; For whom the Lord loveth he correcteth; even as a father the son in whom he delighteth. Happy is the man that findeth wisdom and the man that getteth understanding.”
Host Reads: Let Us Prepare For Communion
We begin our Ceremony with the “Our Father” as we contemplate the wonderful meaning of the words.
Our Father which art in heaven
Hallowed be thy name
Thy kingdom come
Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven
Give us this day our daily bread
And forgive us our debts,
As we forgive our debtors
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power
And the Glory for ever… Amen”
Host continues reading: Immediately after Jesus teaches this prayer we see that He adds in Matthew 6:14 & 15, “For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” With this, we see how important that Mercy and Forgiveness is to Jesus.
Now, let us pray and sit silently for a few moments and seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit and during our meditation if a name or face comes to mind of someone who is difficult to deal with or hard to forgive, lets pray together and ask God to help us “move that mountain” from our hearts.
Pause for meditation…
Let’s look at the words of Jesus in Matthew 5:44 through 48: “But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for He maketh His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so? Be ye therefore, perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.”
Let’s read now from Scripture about our Lord’s Supper: “And when the hour was come, he sat down, and the twelve apostles with him. And he said unto them, “With desire I have desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer: For I say unto you, I will not any more eat thereof, until it be fulfilled in the Kingdom of God.” And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and said, “Take this, and divide it among yourselves: For I say unto you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine, until the Kingdom of God shall come.” And he took bread, and gave thanks, and brake it, and gave unto them, saying, “This is my body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of me.” Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, “This cup is the New Testament in my blood, which is shed for you.” Luke 22: 14-20 (KJV)
Sharing of the Bread & Wine (or Juice)
Host Reads: Finally, let us share the Bread and the fruit of the vine (Wine or Juice) as we continue “In remembrance” of our Lord; affirming that we are to Be the Bread of Mercy everywhere we go, as we represent Him.
And as we drink the wine, we “Remember” our New Covenant of which Grace brings us the power to change, so that we can become the people of God which He has in mind and that we can fulfill the calling and purpose of our souls in this life.
Let us pray,
“Lord, help us to walk in mercy as we hold close to your Grace, help us to greet everyone we meet with your love; and help us become vessels of honor, bringing your Peace to others, now and always. Amen.”