at the Last Gospel-a Catholic Mass Prayer
at the Last Gospel Mass Prayer
O Eternal Word, speak to my soul, which adores Thee in profound silence: Thou art the great Creator of all things: abandon not, I beseech Thee, Thy own creature: be Thou my life, my light, and my all.
O Light eternal! enlighten me in this present life, and in the life to come.
Reign in me as in Thine own inheritance: for Thou, O Lord, hast made me: Thou hast redeemed me. May I be ever Thine.
I have sinned too much against heaven, and before Thee and am not worthy to be called Thy son.
Thou God incarnate, have pity on my frail and mortal flesh and grant it may one day see what it there adores below. Amen.
I render Thee all possible praise and thanks, O Sovereign Creator, for the favour I have this day received from Thy bounty, and of which many better deserving Christians are deprived. Receive, O Lord, my unworthy prayers, supply all my defects, pardon all my distractions and indifference, and grant that, by the strength and virtue of the divine mysteries, I may go on cheerfully in the path of Thy commandments, love and service, amidst all the temptations, troubles, and dangers of my life’s pilgrimage, till I shall one day happily arrive at Thy heavenly kingdom, where, with the blessed Angels and Saints, I shall more clearly contemplate Thee, adore perfectly enjoy Thee, and more adequately celebrate Thy infinite goodness and mercy, with uninterrupted canticles of eternal praise, admiration and gratitude.
Happy are they that dwell in Thy house, O Lord: for ever and ever they will praise Thee.
Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive honor, glory and power.
Praise the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy is everlasting.
Who shall relate the wonders of the Lord? who shall publish His praises?
In the Latin Mass, the prayer at the Last Gospel could be prayed when the priest read another Gospel reading before Mass ended. The Novus Ordo Mass does not have this last Gospel. Still, it is a prayer worth remembering. We recognize the reality of Who God is, ask Him for His mercy, and trust in His goodness. You can find out more about this change and other changes made in the Mass from this post at Tradition in Action.