For Joy and Gladness

Blessed are you, O Lord,
for you have nourished me from my youth
and you give food to all flesh.
Fill our hearts with joy and gladness
that we always have sufficiency in all things,
and may abound to every good work
in Christ Jesus our Lord;
through him be glory to you,
honor, might, majesty, and dominion,
forever and ever. Amen.

Source: The Clementine Liturgy

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953

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A Pure Heart

O God Almighty,
the Father of your Christ, your only Son,
give me a body undefiled,
a heart pure,
a watchful mind,
an unerring knowledge,
the influence of the Holy Spirit
for the obtaining and assured enjoying of the truth;
through your Christ,
by whom glory be to you in the Holy Spirit,
forever. Amen.

Source: The Clementine Liturgy

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953

Prayer Before Partaking of the Holy Sacrament

O God, you are great,
great in name and counsel,
powerful in your works,
God and Father of your holy Son,
Jesus, our Savior.
Look on us,
the flock you have chosen through him to the glory of your name.
Sanctify us in body and soul
and purify us from all filthiness of flesh and spirit
that we may partake of the mystic blessings you now give,
and judge none of us unworthy of them,
but be our Supporter, our Helper, and Defender;
through your Christ, with him glory, honor, laud, praise, thanksgiving,
be to you and to the Holy Spirit forever. Amen.

Source: The Clementine Liturgy

Source of this version: Freely modified from Prayers of the Early Church, edited by J. Manning Potts, 1953