15 June 2019

An Orthodox prayer before
Holy Communion on Sunday

The Last Supper on the Romanian icon screen in Saint Nicholas’ Church, Galway (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2019)

Patrick Comerford

Tomorrow is Trinity Sunday [16 June 2019], and in the morning I am leading Morning Prayer and preaching in Saint Mary’s Church, Askeaton, at 9.30 and presiding at the Parish Eucharist (Holy Communion 2) and preaching in Saint Brendan’s Church, Kilnaughtin (Tarbert), Co Kerry, at 11.30.

As I prepare for tomorrow morning’s worship and liturgy, I have before me a prayer I found during the past week in Saint Nicholas’ Collegiate Church, the Church of Ireland parish church in the centre of Galway.

The church is also used by the Romanian Orthodox Church and the Russian Orthodox Church.

In the south aisle, I came across this prayer from the Romanian Orthodox tradition, in both Romanian and English.

A prayer before receiving Holy Communion:

I believe, O Lord, and I confess that Thou art truly the Christ, the Son of the Living God, Who camest into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the first. I believe also that this is truly Thine own precious Blood. Therefore I pray Thee: have mercy on me and forgive me my transgressions both voluntary and involuntary, of word and of deed, of knowledge and of ignorance. And make me worthy to partake without condemnation of Thy most pure Mysteries, for the remission of my sins, and unto life everlasting, Amen.

Of Thy Mystical Supper, O Son of God, accept me today as a communicant; for I will not speak of Thy Mystery to Thine enemies, neither like Judas will I give Thee a kiss; but like the thief will I confess Thee: Remember me, O Lord in Thy Kingdom.

May the communion of Thy Holy Mysteries be neither to my judgment, nor to my condemnation, O Lord, but to the healing of my soul and body. Amen.

The Romanian Orthodox and Russian Orthodox Churches worship in Saint Nicholas’ Church, Galway (Photograph: Patrick Comerford, 2019)

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