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2020 Jubilee 2021
YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST - 7/19/2020
(Source: A Catholic Dictionary, ed. by Donald Attwater, New York, MacMillan Co., 1949)

 

The 'ANIMA CHRISTI'
('SOUL OF CHRIST')

The 'ANIMA CHRISTI' is a prayer to Christ in His Passion. The prayer is often ascribed to St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, but it was in use for ay least 250 years before his day.

The ANIMA CHRISI prayer is a beautiful prayer to make in relation to the Blessed Sacrament where Christ's Passion is in some mysterious way continued. It is a prayer worth knowing by heart and saying often, especially as a Communion Thanksgiving and when praying the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

Here is an English translation from the Latin rendered by St. John Henry Cardinal Newman:

Soul of Christ, be my sanctification.
Body of Christ, be my salvation.
Blood of Christ, fill all my veins. Water
from Christ's side, wash out my stains.
Passion of Christ, my comfort be.
O good Jesu, listen to me.
In thy wounds I fain would hide,
Ne'er to be parted from Thy side.
Guard me, should the foe assail me.
Call me, when my life shall fail me.
Bid me come to Thee above
With Thy Saints to sing Thy love,
World without end.
Amen. 

 

About Our Parish

Mary Immaculate of Lourdes is Newton and Needham Massachusetts's oldest Roman Catholic Parish. Founded as Saint Mary's Parish in 1870 it was renamed "Mary Immaculate of Lourdes" when the new Church was dedicated on Thanksgiving Day, 1910. In addition to being a regular territorial parish of the Archdiocese of Boston it is also a "Mission Parish" since 2007 with a special apostolate for the Traditional Latin Mass (1962 Missal).

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