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Anima Christi

Anima Christi (Soul of Christ) is a prayer first written in the early fourteenth century, potentially by Pope John XXII. It has been found in prayer books and manuscripts during the 1300s, with some dating to roughly 1370. Cardinal Pierre de Luxembourg (died 1387) owned a prayer book that contained the prayer and the prayer has also been inscribed on one of the gates of the Alcazar of Seville. Saint Ignatius of Loyola included a mention to the prayer in his Spiritual Exercises (the full prayer can be found in later editions).

In Latin, the prayer reads:

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 jube me venire ad te,

Ut cum Sanctis tuis laudem te,

In saecula saeculorum.


Saint John Henry Newman's English translation reads as:

Soul of Christ, be my sanctification;

Body of Christ, be my salvation;

Blood of Christ, fill all my veins;

Water of Christ's side, wash out my stains;

Passion of Christ, my comfort be;

O good Jesus, listen to me;

In Thy wounds I fain would hide;

Ne'er to be parted from Thy side;

Guard me, should the foe assail me;

Call me when my life shall fail me;

Bid me come to Thee above,

With Thy saints to sing Thy love,

World without end.


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