Anima Christi

The Anima Christi (Latin for “Soul of Christ”), is a prayer inviting us to ask our Lord for comfort, strength, and guidance.

It offers us a chance to meditate on His Passion and pray for His help to gain Eternal Life. The Anima Christi is profoundly Christ-centered and is widely used after receiving the body and blood of Our Lord, Jesus Christ in Holy Communion.

The actual origins of the Anima Christi are uncertain, but the prayer has been widely attributed to St. Ignatius Loyola, the key founding member of the Society of Jesus, better known as the Jesuits.

As we are called in our prayer life to be one with Jesus, we ask here that His soul may purify us and give us holiness.

Christ’s body is the bread of life essential for our Salvation, as He himself said in John’s Gospel (6:51-59). “I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

We receive Him in communion not as a symbol but truly in “body, blood, soul and divinity,” as is said at Mass.

Saint Michael the Archangel
The Magnificat