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What is the Anima Christi prayer?


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Philip Kosloski - published on 05/21/22

Here are the words to the popular Anima Christi prayer.

Among the most popular prayers of the Catholic Church is the Anima Christi prayer.

The prayer is believed to have been written in the 14th century by Pope John XXII, but most know it through the writings of St. Ignatius of Loyola. It is a particularly good prayer to pray before a crucifix or during Eucharistic adoration.

Here are the words of the Anima Christi prayer.

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 conceal me.
Do not permit me to be parted from you.
From the evil foe protect me.
At the hour of my death call me.
And bid me come to you,
to praise you with all your saints
for ever and ever.

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