A Prayer for Communicants

800px-chalice_and_paten_from_tyniec2c_10502c_exh-_benedictines_ng_prague2c_150645Lord Jesus,
you call to yourself
all who labor and are heavy laden
to refresh them and give rest to their souls.
Let these guests experience your love
at the heavenly feast you have prepared
for your people on earth.
Keep them from impenitence and unbelief
that none may partake of this holy Sacrament
to their own judgment.
Take off from them the spotted garment of the flesh
and of their own righteousness,
and adorn them with the garment of the merit
purchased with your blood.
Strengthen their faith,
increase their love and hope,
and hereafter have them sit at your heavenly table,
where you will have your people eat of the eternal manna
and drink from the river of your pleasure forevermore.
Hear us for your own sake. Amen.

Source: Modified from Liturgy and Agenda, 1921

“you call to yourself all who labor and are heavy laden” is a reference to Matthew 11:28

“that none may partake of this holy Sacrament to their own judgment” is a reference to 1 Corinthians 11:29

“Take off from them the spotted garment of the flesh… and adorn them with the garment of the merit purchased with your blood” is a reference to Zechariah 3 Romans 13:12-14Galatians 3:27 and Revelation 7:14

“Strengthen their faith, increase their love and hope,” is a reference to 1 Corinthians 13:13

“eat of the eternal manna” is a reference to Revelation 2:17

“drink from the river of your pleasure forevermore” is a reference to Revelation 22:1-2

Graphic from Wikimedia Commons

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pastorstratman

Lutheran pastor serving St. Stephen's in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin.

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