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ANIMA CHRISTI (soul of Christ)


A hymn written in fourteenth century by an unknown author. There are numerous translations in all the modern languages. It was a favorite prayer of St. Ignatius Loyola. The translation of Cardinal Newman reads:

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 Jesu, 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. Amen.