Holy Week culminates for most Christians on Easter, where we celebrate Christ’s resurrection from the dead. Easter Sunday is one of my favorite masses and celebrations of the year…but I feel the weight of the week and Jesus’ sacrifice the most on Good Friday, the celebrated anniversary of his death on the cross. Today, on Good Friday, I wanted to share one of my favorite prayers, the Anima Christi. This prayer reminds me of Jesus’ sacrifice and asks for his protection and help to keep me within him, and him within me.
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
Separated from you, let me never be
From the evil one, protect me
At the hour of my death, call me
And close to you, bid me
So that I might be, with your saints
Praising you forever and ever
This prayer has been on the back of Catholic missles for as long as I can remember, but it first touched me when I attended mass at St. Mary’s in Corvallis, Oregon. Father Lucas would lead this prayer after communion by saying the first part of the verse and the parishoners would chime in with the second half. It was a simple, beautiful back and forth that I always enjoyed in my reflections after communion. I try to say it now after every communion I receive as a little reminder to keep Jesus within me throughout the week. Do you have your own personal rituals that help remind you that God is with you? Please share if you do, I’d love to become more inspired through my friends.