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– St. Catherine of Siena

Friday, February 22, 2013

Faith Filled Friday: The Anima Christi Prayer

I love this prayer.  I wish I could memorize it.  I'm trying.  It's a Jesuit prayer associated with St. Ignatius Loyola but apparently he did not write it.  You can read about its history and meaning here.  I find the concept of hiding within the wounds of Christ, which is a line in the prayer, amazing!  Truly it's something to meditate on.

Anima Christi

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 Thy wounds hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from thee.
From the malignant enemy defend me.
In the hour of my death call me.
And bid me come unto Thee,
That with all Thy saints,
I may praise thee
Forever and ever.


  1. This is the version I use:

    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 hide me; Separated from you, let me never be; From the evil one protect me; At the hour of my death, call me; And close to you bid me; That with your saints, I may be, praising you forever and ever. Amen

    I don't like to change the words to prayers as a rule, but since I learned this one this way, it works for me.

  2. It is beautiful. I never really saw it much until I would see it on Joyce's blog.
    I also love the Memorare. I do have it memorized, but still get lost around the "fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thine intercession part :)