Anima Christi (Soul of Christ)

This well-known prayer dates its origin from the first half of the fourteenth century and was enriched with indulgences by Pope John XXII in the year 1330. All the manuscripts practically agree as to these two facts so there can be no doubt of their exactness. In regard to its authorship, all we can say is that it was, perhaps, written by John XXII. Of this, we are not certain, and a mistake could easily be made of confounding the one who gave the indulgence with the real author.

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The Anima Christi Prayer

In older Catholic tradition, the Anima Christi (Soul of Christ) Prayer was said immediately after receiving communion. This is easily understood upon reading the words. In personal devotional prayer time with our risen savior Jesus Christ, I find it exquisite in purity and detail. It is often called the perfect prayer.

Anima Christi – Soul of Christ

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.

Never let me be separated from You.

From the malignant enemy defend me,


In the hour of my death, call me.
And bid me come unto You,

That with all Your saints,
I may praise You
Forever and ever.
Amen.

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