Prayer of Humble Access from the Ordinariate Mass
Prayer of Humble Access
We do not presume
to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies. We are not worthy so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table. But thou art the same Lord whose property is always to have mercy. Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh of thy dear Son Jesus Christ, and to drink his Blood, that our sinful bodies may be made clean by his Body, and our souls washed through his most precious Blood, and that we may evermore dwell in him, and he in us. Amen.
In the Anglican Catholic form of the Mass, the Prayer of Humble Access is prayed after the consecration and before we receive Holy Communion. It reminds us of our unworthiness as sinners and reminds us of God’s goodness and great love for us. May we never forget how much God loves and cares for us and wants us to be with Him as we receive Holy Communion. May we turn from sin in our lives and love Him deeply in return.
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