Soul of Christ, sanctify me;
Body of Christ, save me;
Blood of Christ, inebriate me;
Water from the side of Christ, wash me;
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me;
Within your wounds hide me;
Suffer me not to be separated from you;
From the malicious enemy defend me;
In the hour of my death call me,
And bid me come to you
That with your saints I may praise you
Forever and ever. Amen.

 

From Mother Virginia Brown of Rivendell Community: That prayer, the Anima Christi, goes back to the 14th Century. . . .When I pray it, I always especially remember the interpretation of “O good Jesus, hear me” from Mother Mary Francis, Poor Clare Abbess in Roswell, NM: “Hear what I really mean & what I really am, not what I think I mean; hear my deepest heart.”

Printed in Zondervan’s COMMON PRAYER: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals, p. 543.