What to pray immediately after communion

Immediately after receiving communion it’s custom to kneel and pray. I wonder about what people pray (for). Are there any suggestions done by the Church? What would be suitable/good prayers? What do you pray (for)?

… my dear friend …

… i would just say , god is heart and holy communion is a communion of two hearts , yours and god , so it is more important to just love god in your heart with your heart in holy communion , god really only wants our love and only reads our hearts when we pray so just put your whole heart into your prayer of thanksgiving , and god will be pleased with even a desire or intention - if you even feel no emotional love , holy communion is a communion of two hearts , so in brief just give your heart to god and love him with your whole heart , hope this helps …

… god bless you :thumbsup::slight_smile:

… john …

Express thanksgiving, love and praise right after Holy Communion.

If you are looking for written prayer, this prayer is good:

Soul of Christ

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.
Permit me not to be separated
from thee.
From the wicked foe defend me.
At the hour of my death call me.
And bid me come to thee.
That with thy saints I may
praise thee.
For ever and ever. Amen.

most missals and missalettes have suggested prayers in the back someplace. The prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas is traditional. So is the Anima Christi. Essentially your prayer is one of thanksgiving for Jesus coming to you and simply communion with him. The intimate prayer of two people who love each other when they are together.

I was taught to pray my last penance.

This one:

“Take, O Lord, all my liberty. Receive my memory, my understanding and my will. You have given me all that I am and all that I possess. I return it all to You and surrender it to the guidance of your will. Give me only Your grace and love. With these I am rich enough and ask nothing more”.

St. Ignatius of Loyola

I like to pray this after communion. The Lord gives Himself so completely to us in the eucharist. I want to give more of myself to Him.

Since I myself have never known what to pray, I have always simply thanked Him for allowing me to come to meet Him in the Eucharist, then I usually thank Him for everything He has done for me, and finally I tell Him how much I love Him. These three things are usually what I always pray. After that, I simply converse with Him much in a way you do a good friend or family member, telling him my troubles or my joys - or both.

I hope this is okay! :confused: :blush:

While it can vary somewhat, I usually pray this:
Anima Christi
Soul of Christ, be my sanctification;
Body of Christ, be my Salvation;
Blood of Christ, Fill all my veins;
Water from 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 when the foe assails me;
Guide me when my feet shall fail me;
Bid me come to Thee above,
With Thy Saints to sing Thy love, forever and ever

And follow it with the Prayer of St Francis:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
when there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
Grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand,
to be loved as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Hope this helps.


I know this seems to be a bit silly, but I use the prayer in MagnifiKid, It is a very simple prayer for use by children after communion, even after a spiritual communion. It is short and to the point, and allows me meditation time on the prayer as the rest of the communion goes on. It changes every week :gopray:

Yes, I am 65 years old, but I enjoy the simplicity of MagnifiKid. So I have a subscription and take it to mass every week:blush:

I try to pray the Anima Christi, and I offer up my Holy Communion for my intentions and for the intentions of everyone that I have promised to pray for. :slight_smile:

As we have been told by Saint John Vianney, you should not immediately pray some formally made prayer, such as ones made specifically for thanksgiving after communion,
but instead you should pray to God from your own heart and mind, because to pass those precious moments filled with the words of others is not quite as profitable as just speaking to God from your own love and affections, even to spend those moments just listening to God is more profitable,
the church has taught that after receiving, we should silently and humbly walk back to our seat with our head bowed, and speak to our Divine Saviour in a way which we humble ourselves before Him, thank Him, offer ourselves up to Him, express our love, and implore His grace.

you can thank God for all the things you feel grateful for, and also the things you should be grateful for, especially the communion you are then having,
we are so thankful for the least gifts received by friends and relatives, how much more thankful should we be, then, for the greatest gift we could ever receive, by and of God Himself?
you can offer yourself up to God by promising to be His entirely, and to remain forever, you can pray something such as “I am Thine, dear Jesus, in life and death”.
To express your love to God, although words from your heart are good, but they are empty without action, so we should strive not just to show our love to God during our communion with Him, but always in everything we do, such as avoiding evil, and patiently enduring sufferings and afflictions, being kind and charitable to others, practice all of our virtues and pray often and always, and everything else we are told to do by God and His church.
and in order to do that, we must implore His grace, especially by imploring God that we may ever remain united with Jesus and never be separated from Him by sin.

there are 4 graces in particular that Holy Communion imparts to our soul,
first, It unites us most intimately with Christ and increases sanctifying grace in us, second, It weakens our evil inclinations and gives us a desire and strength to combat them, and to do good, third, It cleanses us from venial sin and preserves us from mortal sin, and four, it is to us a pledge of our future resurrection and everlasting happiness.

after communion, which as we are told lasts about 15 minutes, then it is good to read from your prayer book whatever you want,
of course there are no “rules” in what you must pray during communion, so it is for you to decide, but i hope that this helps you in deciding anyways.
you should also stay afterwords for some time, if it is possible, just to stay in grateful and loving silence with God,

it is also always a good idea to go to confession before communion, even with just venial sins, because although we can receive with venial sins on our soul, they still take away from our communion with God, because venial sins lessen the graces you would otherwise receive, since they draw our souls to created things, and away from that which our souls were created for - which is God.

there should be a period of preparation before communion - by pious meditations, devout exercises, prayer, zeal, and devotion, and then there should be a period of thanksgiving afterwords, which may go on in several ways for as long as you want.
and of course, these things are not obligatory, but they are still very beneficial to you, and very pleasing to God, and by such practices you deepen and grow in your relationship with God.

and above all, if you wish to please God and know, love, and serve Him well, just ask Him to help and guide you, and He will, pray to Him often, go to Him with all your questions and problems and everything, be like a child to Him, as He tells us, and He will take care of your every need.

well, that’s all for now, but if you would like to be instructed more in all of the practices for Holy Communion, i’d be glad to help.

ok, hope this helps, take care.

I like the Padre Pio prayer for after communion:

**Stay with me, Lord, for it is necessary to have You present so that I do not forget You. You know how easily I abandon You.

Stay with me Lord, because I am weak, and I need Your strength, so that I may not fall so often.

Stay with me Lord, for You are my life, and without You, I am without fervor.

Stay with me Lord, for You are my light, and without you, I am in darkness.

Stay with me Lord, to show me Your will.

Stay with me Lord, so that I hear Your voice and follow You.

Stay with me Lord, for I desire to love you very much, and always be in Your Company.

Stay with me Lord, if You wish me to be faithful to You.

Stay with me Lord, for as poor as my soul is, I want it to be a place of consolation for You, a nest of Love.

Stay with me, Jesus, for it is getting late, and the day is coming to a close, and life passes, death, judgment, eternity approach. It is necessary to renew my strength, so that I will not stop along the way and for that, I need You. It is getting late and death approaches. I fear the darkness, the temptations, the dryness, the cross, the sorrows. O how I need You, my Jesus, in this night of exile.

Stay with me tonight, Jesus, in life with all its dangers, I need You.

Let me recognize You as Your disciples did at the breaking of bread, so that the Eucharistic Communion be the light which disperses the darkness, the force which sustains me, the unique joy of my heart.

Stay with me Lord, because at the hour of my death, I want to remain united to you, if not by Communion, at least by grace and love.

Stay with me Jesus, I do not ask for divine consolation because I do not merit it, but the gift of Your presence, oh yes, I ask this of You.

Stay with me Lord, for it is You alone I look for, Your Love, Your Grace, Your Will, Your Heart, Your Spirit, because I love You and ask no other reward but to love You more and more.

With a firm love, I will love You with all my heart while on earth and continue to love You perfectly during all eternity. Amen. **

I say the Anima Christi three times. At this point in the Mass, I’m so consumed by Christ that I feel transported… that time/space phenomenon that people talk about. I don’t worry about anything going on around me, I wouldn’t notice if the place caught fire. It’s my favorite time to be, just me and Jesus.


I pray the Anima Christi. It’s a classic Communion prayer and has a partial indulgence attached to it. After that I will launch into prayers (Glory Be, Hail Mary, Our Father, etc.) concerning the explicit intention for which I offered Jesus for that Mass, concentrating on the actual intention and on keeping a humble, submissive attitude of thanksgiving more than on the words themselves.

I say a prayer that I composed many years ago, followed by the Amima Christi, then I sit in silence and listen.

… my dear friend …

… al prayers are composed by the holy spirit dwelling in us and speaking thru us , i really would like to see your prayer , can you write it here when you have time please ??? ok , if you can’t though …

… blessings and peace to you :thumbsup::slight_smile:

… john …

Funny but in trying to type it I can’t remember it all…and I say it every day. I never have written it down. I guess I only can say it following communion.

… my dear friend …

… ok :wink: i’m sure god will remind you when needed , the part he wants is just the love and i’m sure you still have it , even if the words slip your mind …

… god bless you :thumbsup::slight_smile:

… john …

  1. spontaneous prayer
  2. a prayer I composed myself a few years ago
  3. Amima Christi
  4. From St. Thomas Aquinas - Prayer after Holy Communion:

I give you thanks, Lord, Holy Father, everlasting God.
In your great mercy, and not because of my own merits, you have fed me, a sinner and your unworthy servant, with the precious Body and Blood of your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
I pray that this Holy Communion may not serve as my judgment and condemnation but as my forgiveness and salvation.May It be my armor of faith and a shield of good purpose.
May It root out in me all vice and evil desires, increase my love and patience,humility and obedience, and every virtue.
Make it a firm defense against the wiles of all my enemies, seen and unseen,while restraining all evil impulses of flesh and spirit.
May it help me to cleave to you, the one true God, and bring me a blessed death when you call. I pray that You will lead me, a sinner, to that glorious feast where with your Son and Holy Spirit, you are the true light of your holy ones, their flawless blessedness, everlasting joy, and perfect happiness.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.