Prayers Before and After Mass

Offering of the Mass

Accept, O most Holy Trinity, this sacrifice enacted once by the divine Word, which is now renewed on this altar through the hands of your priest. I unite myself to the intentions of Jesus Christ, Priest and Victim, that I may be consumed for Your glory and for the salvation of all human beings. I intend through Jesus Christ, with Jesus Christ, in Jesus Christ, to adore Your eternal Majesty, to thank Your immense goodness, to satisfy Your offended justice, and to beg for Your mercy for the Church, for my dear ones and for myself. Amen.

To Appreciate the Mass

O Lord Jesus, in order that the merits of Your sacrifice on the cross might be applied to every soul of all time, You willed that it should be renewed upon the altar. At the Last Supper, You said: "Do this in remembrance of Me." By these words, You gave Your apostles and their successors the power to consecrate and the command to do what You Yourself did.

I believe that the Mass is both a sacrifice and a memorial--reenacting Your passion, death, and resurrection. Help me to realize that the Mass is the greatest gift of God to us and our greatest gift to God. Amen.

Prayer After Mass

O Lord Jesus Christ, let Your passion be my strength to sustain, guard, and protect me. Let Your wounds be my food and drink to nourish, fill, and invigorate me. Let the shedding of Your Blood cleanse me of all my sins. Let Your death obtain eternal life for me and Your cross lead me to everlasting glory. Let these constitute for me refreshment and joy, health and uprightness of heart. Amen.

Thanksgiving After Mass

I adore You present in my heart, O incarnate Word, only Son and splendor of the Father, born of Mary. I thank You, sole Master and Truth by essence, for Your immense goodness in coming to me, an ignorant person and a sinner. With Mary, I offer You to the Father: through You, with You, in You, may there be eternal praise, thanksgiving, and supplication for peace among people. Enlighten my mind; render me a docile disciple of the Church; grant that I may live by faith; give me an understanding of the Scriptures. Make me Your ardent apostle. Let the light of Your Gospel, O divine Master, shine on the farthest bounds of the world. Amen.

The Litany for Sunday
 
Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven,Have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, Have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, Have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, Have mercy on us.

V. This is the day which the Lord hath made.
R. Let us rejoice, and be glad therein.

Jesus, Who on this day of the week didst arise from the dead, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, Who on the same day didst put on a life immortal, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, Who on the same day didst appear to Mary Magdalen and to the Apostles, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, Who on the same day didst open the eyes of the two disciples going to Emmaus, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, Who on the same day didst comfort Thine Apostles, and give them peace, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, Who on the same day didst confirm Thine Apostles in the faith of the Resurrection by showing them Thy hands and Thy feet, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, Who on the same day didst breathe on the Apostles and give them the Holy Ghost, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, Who on the same day didst open their understanding to know the Scriptures, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, Who on the same day didst give them power to remit sins, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, Who on the same day didst send the Apostles on their mission, Have mercy on us.
and didst command them to go and teach all nations, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, Who on a Sunday didst condescend to the weakness of St. Thomas, Have mercy on us.
and by the evidence of Thy sacred Wounds didst heal his unbelief, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, Who on a Sunday didst send down the Holy Ghost upon the Apostles, Have mercy on us.
and thus prepare them for laying the foundation of Thy Church, Have mercy on us.
Jesus, Who on the same day didst move Thy Apostle Peter to preach the first Christian sermon to the Jews, to the conversion of three thousand, Have mercy on us.

Be merciful, O Jesus, and spare us.
 Be merciful, O Jesus, and hear us.

From the abuse of this day which we are commanded to keep holy, Preserve us, O Lord.
From sloth and indevotion, Preserve us, O Lord.
From neglect of prayer, and of Thy Sacred Word, Preserve us, O Lord.
From all occasions of misspending this day, Preserve us, O Lord.
From whatever is an offense to God, or a scandal to the weak, Preserve us, O Lord.

We sinners, Beseech Thee to hear us.

That we may have Thy grace to sanctify this day as Thou hast commanded, We beseech Thee, hear us.
That we may this day labor to arise to a new life, We beseech Thee, hear us.
That we may this day examine into the state of our souls, We beseech Thee, hear us.
and resolve to amend whatever is displeasing to Thee, We beseech Thee, hear us.
That we may this day be so strengthened in our faith as to bend our whole endeavors upon seeking those eternal goods which faith has taught us to obtain, We beseech Thee, hear us.
That Thy Holy Spirit would this day take possession of our hearts, and so confirm us in every duty that no earthly considerations may be able to prevail against us to the transgression of Thy law, We beseech Thee, hear us.
That we may this day join with the Church Triumphant in praising, adoring and praying to Thee, and preparing our souls to celebrate with them an eternal Sabbath, We beseech Thee, hear us.
That we may not give this day to earth or to self -love, but may offer it to Thee, We beseech Thee, hear us.
Who art our only everlasting Good, We beseech Thee, hear us.
Son of God, Who hast forever hallowed this day, We beseech Thee, hear us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world, Have mercy on us.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

Let Us Pray:  O God, the Protector of all who hope in Thee and without Whom nothing can have either strength or holiness, multiply Thy mercy, we beseech Thee, upon us, that Thou being our Ruler and our Guide, we may so pass through the goods of this life as not to lose those which are eternal. Through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.

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