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Our Morning Offering – 23 October – Anima Christi

Our Morning Offering – 23 October – Feast of the Most Holy Redeemer and Friday of the Twenty Ninth week in Ordinary Time

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.
Within Your wounds hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from You.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At 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

For many years the prayer was popularly believed to have been composed by Saint Ignatius Loyola, as he puts it at the beginning of his Spiritual Exercises and often refers to it. In the first edition of the Spiritual Exercises Ignatius merely mentions it, evidently supposing that the reader would know it. In later editions, it was printed in full. It was by assuming that everything in the book was written by Ignatius that it came to be looked upon as his composition. On this account the prayer is sometimes referred to as the Aspirations of St Ignatius Loyola.

However, the prayer actually dates to the early fourteenth century and was possibly written by Pope John XXII but its authorship remains uncertain. It has been found in a number of prayer books printed during the youth of Ignatius and is in manuscripts which were written a hundred years before his birth.

The English hymnologist James Mearns found it in a manuscript of the British Museum which dates back to about 1370. In the library of Avignon there is preserved a prayer book of Cardinal Pierre de Luxembourg (died 1387), which contains the prayer in practically the same form as we have it today. It has also been found inscribed on one of the gates of the Alcázar of Seville, which dates back to the time of Pedro the Cruel (1350–1369).

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Our Morning Offering – 29 September – Anima Christi

Our Morning Offering – 29 September – Twenty Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C

Anima Christi
By St Ignatius Loyola SJ (1491-1556)

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.
Permit me not to be separated from You.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At 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

This prayer attracts an Indulgence of 300 days, or of 7 years, if recited after Holy Communion.anima christi st ignatius loyola - 29 september 2019.jpg

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Our Morning Offering – 10 June – Tenth Sunday of the Year B

Our Morning Offering – 10 June – Tenth Sunday of the Year B

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Chirst, 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 unto You,
that with Your saints I may praise You,
forever and ever.
Amen

This well known Catholic prayer dates to the early fourteenth century and was possibly written by Pope John XXII but its authorship remains uncertain.   The prayer takes its name from its Latin incipit, meaning “Soul of Christ”.   The Anima Christi was popularly believed to have been composed by St Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), as he puts it at the beginning of his Spiritual Exercises and often refers to it but it was so well known and so popular at the time of St Ignatius, that in the first edition of his Spiritual Exercises he merely mentions it, evidently supposing that the reader would know it.   In later editions, it was printed in full.   It was by assuming that everything in the book was written by St Ignatius that it came to be looked upon as his composition.anima christi - soul of christ sanctify me - 10 june 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 19 April

Our Morning Offering – 19 April

The Anima Christi
By St Thomas Aquinas

Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from Christ’s side, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds hide me
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee
From the malicious enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That I may praise Thee with Thy saints
and with Thy angels
Forever and ever
Amenthe-anima-christi-st-thomas-aquinas.19 APRIL 2017