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Preparation For Holy Communion

Blessed is our God always now and ever and unto ages of ages

Amen, Glory to You, 0 God, glory to You!

O Heavenly King, the Comforter, the Spirit of truth, You are everywhere and fulfill all things. Treasury of Blessings and Giver of life, come abide in us, cleanse us of every impurity and save our souls, 0 Good One!

Holy God! Holy Mighty! Holy Immortal! Have mercy on us. (3x)

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

O most-holy Trinity, have mercy on us:
O Lord, cleanse us of our sins.
O Master, forgive our transgressions.
O Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Your name's sake!

Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory of the Father and the Son and the Holy spirit now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen

Lord, have mercy. (12 times)

First Prayer

By St. Basil the Great

Lord and Master Jesus Christ our God, fount of life and immortality, creator of all things both visible and invisible, Son of the eternal Father, who together with Him are eternal and without beginning. Who in Your goodness, in these latter days, took on our flesh and was crucified, sacrificing Yourself for us ungrateful and thankless people. Who through Your Blood has renewed our nature, which was corrupted by sin. 0 Immortal King, also receive my repentance, for I am a sinner.

Look upon me and hear my voice; I have sinned, 0 Lord, I have sinned against heaven and before You, and I am unworthy to look upon the height of Your glory. I have offended Your goodness by trampling upon Your precepts and ignoring Your commandments. But Lord, who bears malice towards no one, who are long-suffering and all merciful; You have not let me perish in my transgressions, but You wait for my complete return. Lover of mankind, You said through Your prophet: I do not desire the death of a sinner, but rather that he return and live. 0 Master, You do not desire that the work of Your hands should perish, nor do You wait the fall of mankind, "but You desire that all be saved in the true knowledge which is to come."

Although I have completely subjected myself to sin and am unworthy of heaven, of earth and of this passing life. Even though I am a slave to delights and have disgraced Your image, yet I still do not lose hope in salvation, wretched as I am, for You have made and fashioned me. I place my hope in Your boundless mercy and approach You:

Receive me, 0 Christ, Lover of mankind, as You received the harlot and the thief, the publican and the prodigal son. Remove the heavy burden of my sins, for You take away the sin of the world and heal man's weaknesses; You call the weary and over-burdened, giving them rest.

You came not to call the righteous but sinners to repentance. Cleanse me of all impurity, both of soul and body. Teach me to practice holiness in the fear of You, that with a clear conscience I may partake of Your holy Body and Blood and may have You to dwell and abide in me together with the Father and the Holy Spirit.

Lord Jesus Christ, my God, may my partaking of Your pure and life-creating Mysteries not bring me into judgement, nor may I become weak in soul or body, for I partake of them unworthily. But to my last breath, grant that I may receive a portion of Your holy Mysteries without condemnation, for the communion of the Holy Spirit, as food for eternal life and for an acceptable response at Your fearful judgment seat. Together with Your chosen ones, may I participate in Your unfading goodness, which You have prepared for those who love You, 0 Lord, glorified unto ages of ages. Amen.

Second Prayer

By St. John Chrysostom

Lord my God, I know that I am neither worthy nor prepared for You to enter under the roof of my soul's dwelling, for it is all deserted and in ruins and You cannot find a place fitting to lay Your head in me. But as You humbled Yourself and descended from on high, so now humble Yourself to my lowliness.

As You condescended to lay in a cavern, in a manger of speechless animals, so now deign to enter into my defiled body. Just as You did not consider Simon the leper as unworthy, but rather entered his house and dined with sinners, so deign also to enter into the humble leprous and sinful dwelling of my soul.

And as You did not despise the sinful woman who came and touched You, so be merciful to me as I come and touch you, for I am a sinner like her. Just as You did not recoil from her defiled and unclean lips, which kissed You, so do not recoil from my defiled and unclean mouth, or my unclean and profane lips, or my sordid tongue.

But let the burning coal of Your immaculate Body and Your precious Blood bring me sanctification, illumination, strengthening and healing of my humble soul and body. Relief from the burden of my of my numerous sins, protection against the works of the devil; repulsion and victory over my evil and wicked habits; death of passions; fulfillment of your commandments; advancement in Your divine grace and attainment of Your kingdom.

I do not approach You carelessly, Christ God; rather, I come trusting in Your unspeakable goodness so that I may not remain a stranger to communion with You, and be ensnared by the wolf of souls. Therefore pray to You, O Holy One and Master, sanctify my soul and body, my mind and heart, to the depths of my being. Renew me and implant the fear of You and Your holiness deep inside me for my help and assistance, guiding my life in peace.

Grant that I may stand at Your right hand together with the saints through the prayers and intercessions of Your all-pure Mother, of the angelic powers and all the saints who have been pleasing to you throughout the ages. Amen.

Third Prayer

By St. Simeon the Translator

O Only pure and spotless Lord, through the coming of the Holy Spirit and the will of the eternal Father in Your unspeakable mercy and love for mankind took on our whole nature from the pure and ever virgin who ineffably gave birth to You. O Lord Jesus Christ, You are the wisdom, peace and power of God. You bodily suffered the life giving and saving Passion: the cross, the nails, the spear and death, to put to death the bodily passions, which devastate my soul. Through your burial You plundered the kingdom of Hades. O Lord bury my wicked intentions and scatter the spirits of evil through good thoughts.

Through your life-giving resurrection on the third day, You raised our fallen ancestor Adam; also raise me who have fallen in sin, and instill an image of repentance in me. Through your glorious ascension to heaven You deified the body which You had assumed and honored it by placing it at the right of the Father. Grant me also to partake of Your holy Mysteries so that I too may find a place at Your right hand with those who are saved.

Through the descent of the Holy Spirit, the comforter, You molded Your disciples as chosen vessels, so present me also as a dwelling of His coming, or You will come again to judge the whole world in righteousness. Grant that I may also meet You, my judge and creator, on the clouds together with all the saints who unceasingly praise and glorify You, together with Your Father who is without beginning and Your all holy, good and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Fourth Prayer

By St. Simeon the Translator

O Christ God, I will stand one day before Your fearful and truthful judgment seat, answering questions regarding the evils I have committed. I stand now, before the coming of my Day of Judgment, before You and Your fearful and holy angels at Your holy altar. My conscience impels me to lay forth my evil deeds and transgressions and to expose them openly.

O Lord, look upon my lowliness and forgive all my sins. You can see that my transgressions have multiplied more than the hairs on my head. What evil have I not committed? What sinful things have I not done? What form of wickedness have I not imagined in my soul? You know that I have gone beyond the bounds of depravity in my deeds. I have been proud, arrogant, contemptuous, blasphemous, gossiped, laughed uncontrollably. I have been drunk, gluttonous, malicious, envious, and greedy, judged others, conceded, sought praise, and been unjust, covetous, and consumed with shameful thoughts. I have stained and defiled all my senses down to the depth of my being, and have done nothing worthwhile. I have become an absolute dwelling of the devil.

O Lord, I know that my transgressions have mounted higher than my head, but the greatness of Your compassion is incomparable and the mercy of Your bounty is indescribable and free of malice. There is no sin, which surpasses Your love for mankind. Therefore, wondrous King and all gracious Lord, show Your wondrous mercy to me a sinner; show me the power of Your goodness; show me the strength of Your long-suffering mercy and receive me a sinner as I turn to You.

Receive me as You received the prodigal son, the thief, and the prostitute. Receive me who have sinned against you immeasurably in word and in deed, with unrestrained appetite and unseemly behavior. Just as you received those who had done nothing worthy and came to You at the eleventh hour, so also receive me, a sinner for I have sinned greatly and defiled myself. I have provoked Your Holy Spirit and infuriated Your mercy, in deed, word and thought, at night and day, openly and secretly, willingly and unwillingly. I know that You will place my sins before me in the exact form in which I have committed them, and You will ask me of those things in which I knowingly and unforgivably have sinned.

Lord, do not pass Your just judgment on me; do not reproach me in Your anger nor punish me in your rage. Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am not only weak, but I am also Your creation. Lord, though You have instilled the fear of You in me, still I have done wrong in Your sight. I have sinned against none other than You; but I beg You, do not put Your servant on trial, for if You never overlooked our sins, Lord, Lord, who could survive? I have reached the very depths of sin and am not worthy or able to look and gaze upon the heights of heaven because of the multitude of my innumerable sins.

Every evil work, imagination, and diabolic scheme, all the wickedness of Hades which leads to sin, physical delights and other innumerable passions have all found a place in me. What form of sin has not defiled me? By what evil have I not been ensnared? I have committed every sin and have allowed all unforgivable pleasures to enter my soul. I have made myself worthless before God and before man. I have fallen to such a depth of evil sin; who will raise me up again? Lord, my God, I place my hope in You. If there still exists a hope of salvation for me, then let Your love for mankind overcome the multitude of my transgressions. Be my savior, and in Your goodness and mercy loosen, forgive and remit all in which I have sinned against You; for my soul has been filled with many evils and there is no hope for salvation in me.

Have mercy on me, 0 God, in Your goodness and do not punish me as my sins deserve, but turn to me, be my support, deliver my soul from the evils which have grown inside it and from all which has accumulated in it. Have mercy on me, in Your goodness, for wherever sin has been multiplied in me and may there also be the abundance of Your grace.

I will praise and glorify You all the days of my life. For You are the God of those who sin and the Savior of those who do wrong and to You is due glory, together with Your eternal Father and Your all holy good and life-creating Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Fifth Prayer

By St. John of Damascus

0 Lord, Master, Jesus Christ our God, You alone have authority to forgive sins because You are good and the lover of mankind. Forgive all my transgressions committed knowingly or unknowingly, and grant that I may partake, without condemnation, of Your divine, glorious, pure and life-creating Mysteries. May this communion not be for condemnation, or for the increase of sin, but for cleansing, sanctification and to obtain life in the kingdom, which is to come. Let this Eucharist be a defense and help against those who fight against me, to the elimination of my many iniquities. For You are the God of mercy and compassion and the lover of mankind and to You is due all glory, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Sixth Prayer

By St. Basil the Great

I know, O Lord, that if I unworthily receive of Your most pure Body and Your precious Blood, I am guilty, and I eat and drink judgment on myself for not discerning Your Body and Blood. Encouraged by Your compassion, I approach You, 0 Christ, my God, who said: Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood dwells in me and I dwell in him.

Therefore, be merciful, 0 Lord, and do not punish me, a sinner, but deal with me according to Your mercy. May Your holy Mysteries be for healing and cleansing, for enlightenment and protection, for salvation and sanctification of soul and body and for the dispersion of every illusion, evil deed and diabolic work directed against me. May they be for boldness and love towards You, for correction and grounding of life, for growth in virtue and perfection, for the fulfillment of Your commandments and the communion of the Holy Spirit. May they be food for the journey to the life to come and a good response before Your dread judgment seat, but not for judgment or condemnation. Amen.

Seventh Prayer

By St. Simeon the New Theologian

0 my Christ, receive my prayer which comes from vile lips, from a profane heart, from an impure tongue and a soiled soul. Do not turn aside from my words, or my habits, or my shamelessness, but bestow confidence in me 0 my Christ and show me exactly what I should do and say.

I have sinned more than the sinful woman who, when she found where You were staying, purchased myrrh and daringly approached You and anointed Your feet, my Master, Christ and God. She approached You wholeheartedly and You did not reject her, so also do not turn aside from me, 0 Word, but let me touch and kiss Your feet, daring to anoint them with a fount of tears as with precious myrrh. Cleanse me, 0 Word, and wash me in my tears.

Forgive my trespasses and guide my life. You know my many errors, You know my sores and You behold my wounds; but You also know my faith, You behold my will and You hear my sighs. Nothing is hidden from You, Lord, my God, my creator and deliverer not a teardrop nor even part of a drop. Your eyes know even those things, which I have not yet committed and the deeds which I have not yet done are already written in Your book.

Look upon my humility; look upon the depth of my fatigue and forgive all my sins, 0 God of all. So that with a clean heart, fearful conscience and humble soul, may I partake of Your immaculate and holy Mysteries through which You deify and give life to those who eat and drink of them with a pure heart. You have said, my Master: Whoever eats my Body and drinks my Blood lives in me and I in him. How true are those words, my Master and God! He who partakes of the divine and deifying Gifts is not alone, but with You, my Christ, who came from the thrice radiant Light, which enlightens the world.

Therefore, tearfully and with humility of soul, I approach You. Do not reject me so that I will be alone, without You, the giver of life, my breath, my life, my joy, the salvation of the world. I beg that I may be delivered from my sins and may partake uncondemned of Your life-giving and spotless Mysteries. May You remain with me, the thrice-wretched one, as You foretold, so that the sly deceiver may not ravage me finding me absent from your grace and carry me away from your deifying words.

I therefore fall before You and fervently cry, O merciful one You accepted the prodigal son and the sinful woman when they came to You, so also receive me, sinful and defiled. I now draw near to You in humility of soul. I know, 0 Savior, that no one else has sinned against You or committed such deeds as I have. I also know that the greatness of my trespasses and the multitude of my sins do not surpass the great patience of my God or his sublime love for mankind. But in Your everlasting compassion, You cleanse; you illumine, and unite to the light him who fervently repents, that he may partake, without envy, of your divinity. As to a true friend, You speak to him of those things, which are beyond reach to the minds of angels and men.

These things give me courage, rejoicing and trembling, they give me wings, my Christ, and I place my hope in the abundance of Your grace to us. I partake of the fire though I am dry grass. 0 wonder! - I am refreshed and not burned, as the bush of long ago, which was in flames but not consumed. Therefore, thankful in mind, heart and to the depths of my soul and body, I bow before You in worship and glorify You, my God, who are truly blessed now and in all ages. Amen.

Eighth Prayer

By St. John Chrysostom

Lord, loose, remit, and forgive all the sins, which I have committed against You in word, deed or thought, willingly or unwillingly, in knowledge or ignorance. Forgive them all, as You are good and love mankind. Through the prayers of Your most pure Mother, of Your ministering angels, the holy powers and all the saints who have pleased you throughout the ages. Grant that I may receive Your most pure Body and precious Blood, uncondemned, for the healing of soul and body and the cleansing of my wicked thoughts. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Ninth Prayer

By St. John Chrysostom

Lord and Master, I am not worthy or sufficiently pleasing for You enter under the roof of the house of my soul. Since You, the Lover of mankind, wish to dwell in me, I boldly approach. Command me, and I shall open the doors, which You yourself have made. In your constant love for mankind You may enter in and enlighten my darkened mind. I believe You will do this, for You did not send away the harlot who came to you in tears or the publican who repented. You did not refuse the thief who acknowledged Your kingdom, or the penitent persecutor, Paul, to continue in his ways. Rather, You numbered among Your friends all those who came to You in penitence, for You alone are blessed always, now and ever and to ages of ages. Amen.

Tenth Prayer

By St. John Chrysostom

Lord Jesus Christ my God, loose remit, have mercy on me and forgive me a sinner, Your worthless and unworthy servant who has fallen into sin. Forgive my ignorance and all the trespasses that I have committed against You from my youth to this day and hour, knowingly or unknowingly, in word, in deed, in thought or mind, by habit or with complete awareness.

Through the intercessions of her who without stain gave You birth, the pure and ever-virgin Mary, Your Mother, my only invincible hope and protection and deliverer.

Grant me to partake uncondemned of Your immaculate, immortal, life-creating and awesome Mysteries, for the forgiveness of sins, for eternal life, for sanctification, illumination, fortification, and curing of my soul and body, for the purging of a my thoughts, intentions, evil habits and nightmares of the dark and evil spirits. For Yours is the kingdom, the power, glory, honor and worship, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Eleventh Prayer

By St. John of Damascus

I stand before the doors of Your temple and still do not put aside evil thoughts. O Christ my God, You reformed the publican and had mercy on the Canaanite woman and opened the doors of paradise to the thief.

Open to me Your great love for mankind, and receive me who come and touch You. You received the sinful woman who was forgiven when she embraced Your most pure feet. You healed the woman who suffered from hemorrhage immediately when she touched the hem of Your robe.

But I the wretch that I am, dare to presume to receive Your whole Body and Your precious blood. May I not be burned but receive me as You received those who were penitent, and enlighten my spiritual senses, burning only the iniquity of my sins. Through the intercessions of her who gave birth to You, without seed and through the heavenly angelic powers, for you are unto ages of ages. Amen.

Twelfth Prayer

By St. John Chrysostom

I believe, O Lord, and I confess that You are truly the Christ, the Son of the living God, Who came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am first. I believe also that this is truly Your own most pure Body, and that this is truly Your own precious Blood. Therefore, I pray to you have mercy upon me and forgive my transgressions, both voluntary and involuntary, of word and of deed, committed in knowledge or in ignorance. And make me worthy to partake without condemnation of Your most pure Mysteries, for the remission of my sins, and unto life everlasting. Amen.

The following verses by St. Simeon the Translator are said immediately before approaching the chalice:

O Lord, now as I approach Holy Communion, may I not be burned by partaking unworthily. For you are fire and burn the unworthy, I pray cleanse me of all sin.

Of Your mystical supper, O Son of God, accept me today as a communicant; for I will not speak of Your mystery to Your enemies, neither like Judas will I give You a kiss; but like the thief will I confess You: remember me, O Lord, in Your kingdom.

Stand in fear, 0 soul, as you look upon the deifying Blood for it is fire and burns the unworthy. May the divine Body sanctify and nourish me. May it deify my soul and wondrously feed my mind.

You have sweetened my longing for You, 0 Christ and transfigured me with Your love. Let my sins be consumed in the immaterial fire and grant me to be filled with Your joy, that I may rejoice in both and glorify Your coming, 0 good One.

How can I, the unworthy one, enter the radiance of the saints? For should I dare to go into the room, my clothing betrays me for it is not a wedding garment and I will be bound and cast out by the angels. But, 0 Lord, purify the stains of my soul and save me, for You are the Lover of mankind.

Master, Lover of mankind, Lord Jesus Christ my God, may these holy things not be for my condemnation, for I am unworthy. May they be for me a cleansing, sanctification of both soul and body and for assurance of the life and kingdom to come: for it is good for me to cling to God and to place my hope of salvation in the Lord.

Of Your mystical supper, O Son of God, accept me today as a communicant; for I will not speak of Your mystery to Your enemies, neither like Judas will I give You a kiss; but like the thief will I confess You: remember me, O Lord, in Your kingdom.

May the communion of Your holy Mysteries be neither to my judgment, nor to my condemnation, O Lord, but to the healing of soul and body.

And now partake of the Holy Body and Blood of Christ in a spirit of humility.

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