Anima Christi

Michelango, “The Entombment” (about 1500-1)

Anima Christi (Soul of Christ) is a 14th-century prayer with vivid imagery of the body and blood of Jesus and the power of Christ’s identification with us. It was possibly written by Pope John Paul XXII and was placed by Saint Ignatius Loyola (1495-1556) at the front of his Spiritual Exercises. 

Anima Christi

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:
hide me within your wounds and
never let me be separated from you.
From the wicked enemy, defend me,
In the hour of my death, call me
And bid me come to you,
So that with your saints
I may praise you,
For ever and ever. Amen.

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