Although we regularly encounter distractions arising from within and without during our time at Holy Mass, we should resist these and do our best to approach Holy Communion in as recollected a state as possible.
(I take for granted the fact that we should only go to Holy Communion if we are properly disposed – i.e., in the state of grace, not impeded by any canonical penalty, and having fasted for an hour beforehand.)
To that end, I wanted to share two prayers that I have: one to prepare yourself before Mass, the other to recite in thanksgiving before leaving.
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PRAYER BEFORE HOLY MASS
Heavenly Father: I, your unworthy servant, come to worship you in this Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. By your grace, kindly help me to listen attentively, pray devoutly, and receive worthily the Sacred Body and Blood of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. May your Holy Spirit open the eyes of my heart to perceive more fully the great Mystery that takes place on the sacred altar. At this Holy Mass, I wish to pray in particular for the following intentions: (here name them). Amen.
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PRAYER AFTER HOLY MASS
Dear Lord Jesus: I love you with all my heart, and I thank you for all that you have given me. Please remain with me as I leave this Holy Mass, and help me to follow you more faithfully each day. Amen.
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