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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 Separated from Thee let me never be (“Permit me not to be separated from Thee”) From the malicious enemy defend me (“From the malignant enemy defend me”) In the hour of my death call me And bid me come unto Thee That I may praise Thee with Thy saints (“That with thy Saints I may praise Thee”) Forever and ever Amen

English translation of Latin “Anima Christi” prayer


Anima Christi, sanctifica me. Corpus Christi, salva me. Sanguis Christi, inebria me. Aqua lateris Christi, lava me. Passio Christi, conforta me. O bone Jesu, exaudi me. Intra tua vulnera absconde me. Ne permittas me separari a te. Ab hoste maligno defende me. In hora mortis meae voca me. Et iube me venire ad te, Ut cum Sanctis tuis laudem te, In saecula saeculorum. Amen

There are several variants of the English translation from the original Latin prayer, which dates back to medieval centuries. St. Ignatius Loyola included it in his Spritual Exercises.

Franciscan media offers an additional meditation on each line of this mystical prayer.

This prayer is a good one to pray after receiving Communion and is an excellent daily prayer, drawing us ever nearer to Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Look for this prayer on the back cover of our Missalette in the pews, and on prayer cards in the pews and/or with the devotional and informational materials at the church entrances.

Also see US Conference of Catholic Bishops “Anima Christi” prayer text.

And here is a video with images for meditation with a choral setting of the prayer in Latin.