Our Life of Worship:  Prayer Before Holy Communion

Lord Jesus Christ, You call to Yourself all those who labor and are heavy burdened, to refresh them and to give rest to their souls.  Dear Lord, I pray, let me also experience Your love at the heavenly feast, which You have prepared for Your children on earth.  Keep me from impenitence and unbelief, so that I do not receive the Sacrament to my damnation.  Remove the spotted garment of my flesh and my own righteousness, and adorn me with the garment earned by Your blood.  Strengthen my faith, increase my love and hope, and hereafter make me to sit at Your heavenly table, where You give me to eat of the eternal manna and to drink of the river of Your pleasures.  Hear me for Your own sake.  Amen.  (70)


Merciful Redeemer, You have fulfilled Your promises:  “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28).  At Your Table I have received nourishment for my soul, the Water of life in my weariness.  By giving me, with the bread and the cup, Your body and Your blood, You have again said to me:  “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name, you are Mine” (Isaiah 43:1).  You have wiped out all my sins and have put on me the garments of Your righteousness.  Make me truly grateful for Your abundant love.  Let the Sacrament be in me a power overcoming unbelief and doubt, conquering temptations and evil desires, and producing good works and humble service.  Having been a guest at Your Table, help me to share the Bread of life with my neighbors, so that they may share my joy and happiness.  To You and the Father and the Holy Spirit be glory forever and ever.  Amen. (71)

Excerpt from:  Lutheran Book of Prayer