Pre-Communion Prayers

Updated: Jun 17


Pre-Communion Prayers
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Pre-Communion Prayers

For the evening before partaking of Holy Communion

Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us. Amen.

Glory to Thee, our God, Glory to Thee.


O Heavenly King, Comforter, Spirit of Truth, Who art everywhere present and fillest all things, Treasury of Good Things, and Giver of Life, come and dwell in us and cleanse us from all impurity, and save our souls, O Good One.


Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us (3x)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

All-holy Trinity, have mercy on us. Lord, be gracious unto our sins. Master, pardon our iniquities. Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Thy Name’s sake.

Lord have mercy (3x)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, both now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.


Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.


Through the prayers of our holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us. Amen. Lord, have mercy (12x)

Glory; both now.


O come,let us worship and fall down before our King and God.

O come, let us worship and fall down before Christ, our King and God.

O come, let us worship and fall down before Him, Christ the King and our God.


Psalm 50

Have mercy on me, O God, according to Thy great mercy; and according to the multitude of Thy compassions blot out my transgression. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I know mine iniquity, and my sin is ever before me. Against Thee only have I sinned and done this evil before Thee, that Thou mightest be justified in Thy words, and prevail when Thou art judged. For behold, I was conceived in iniquities, and in sins did my mother bear me. For behold, Thou hast loved truth; the hidden and secret things of Thy wisdom hast Thou made manifest unto me. Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be made clean; Thou shalt wash me, and I shall be made whiter than snow. Thou shalt make me to hear joy and gladness; the bones that be humbled, they shall rejoice. Turn Thy face away from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from Thy presence, and take not Thy Holy Spirit from me. Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation, and with Thy governing Spirit establish me. | shall teach transgressors Thy ways, and the ungodly shall turn back unto Thee. Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, Thou God of my salvation; my tongue shall rejoice in Thy righteousness. O Lord, Thou shalt open my lips, and my mouth shall declare Thy praise. For if Thou hadst desired sacrifice, I had given it; with whole-burnt offerings Thou shalt not be pleased. A sacrifice unto God is a broken spirit; a heart that is broken and humbled God will not despise. Do good, O Lord, in Thy good pleasure unto Sion, and let the walls of Jerusalem be builded. Then shalt Thou be pleased with sacrifice of righteousness, with oblation and whole-burnt offerings. Then shall they offer bullocks upon Thine altar.


Psalm 69

O God, be attentive unto helping me; O Lord, make haste to help me. Let them be shamed and confounded that seek after my soul. Let them be turned back and brought to shame that desire evils against me. Let them be turned back straightway in shame that say unto me: Well done! Well done! Let them be glad and rejoice in Thee all that seek after Thee, O God, and let them that love Thy salvation say continually: The Lord be magnified. But as for me, I am poor and needy; O God, come unto mine aid. My helper and my deliverer art Thou, O Lord; make no long tarrying.


Psalm 142

O Lord, hear my prayer, give ear unto my supplication in Thy truth; hearken unto me in Thy Righteousness. And Enter not into judgment with Thy servant, for in Thy sight shall no man living be justified. For the enemy hath persecuted my soul; he hath humbled my life down to the earth. He hath sat me in darkness as those that have been long dead, and my spirit within me is become despondent; within me my heart is troubled. I remembered days of old, I meditated on all Thy works, I pondered on the creations of Thy hands. I stretched forth my hands unto Thee; my soul thirsteth after Thee like a waterless land. Quickly hear me, O Lord; my spirit hath fainted away. Turn not Thy face away from me, lest I be like unto them that go down into the pit. Cause me to hear Thy mercy in the morning; for in Thee have I put my hope. Cause me to know, O Lord, the way wherein I should walk; for unto Thee have I lifted up my soul. Rescue me from mine enemies, O Lord; unto Thee have I fled for refuge. Teach me to do Thy will, for Thou art my God. Thy good Spirit shall lead me in the land of uprightness; for Thy Name’s sake, O Lord, shalt Thou quicken me. In Thy righteousness shalt Thou bring my soul out of affliction, and in Thy mercy shalt Thou utterly destroy mine enemies. And Thou shalt cut off all them that afflict my soul, for I am Thy servant.


The Doxology

Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will towards men. We praise Thee; we bless Thee; we worship Thee; we glorify Thee; we give thanks to Thee for Thy Great Glory: O Lord, Heavenly King, God the Father Almighty, O Lord the Only-begotten Son, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. O Lord God, Lamb of God, Son of the Father, that takest away the sin of the world: have mercy on us, Thou that takest away the sins of the world. Receive our prayer, Thou that sittest at the right hand of the Father; and have mercy on us. For Thou only art holy; Thou only art Lord, Jesus Christ, to the glory of God the Father. Amen. Every day will I bless Thee, and I will praise Thy Name Forever, yea, for ever and ever. Lord, Thou hast been our refuge from generation to generation. I said: O Lord, have mercy on me; heal my soul, for I have sinned against Thee. Lord, unto Thee have I fled for refuge; teach me to do Thy Will, for Thou art my God. For in Thee is the fountain of life; in Thy light shall we see light. O continue Thy mercy unto them that know Thee. Vouchsafe, O Lord, to keep us this night without sin. Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our Fathers, and praised and glorified is Thy Name unto the ages. Amen. Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us, according as we have hoped in Thee. Blessed art Thou, O Lord, teach me Thy statutes, Blessed art Thou, O Master, grant me under- standing of Thy Statutes. Blessed art Thou, O Holy One, enlighten me by Thy statutes. O Lord, Thy mercy endureth for ever; disdain not the works of Thy hands. Unto Thee is due praise, unto Thee is due song, unto Thee glory is due, to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.


The Creed

I Believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible; And in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the Son of God, the Only-begotten, begotten of the Father before all ages; Light of Light, true God of true God; begotten, not made; being of one essence with the Father; by Whom all things were made; Who For us men,and for our salvation, came down from the Heavens, and was incarnate of the Holy Spirit and the Virgin Mary, and became man; And was crucified for us under Pontius Pilate, suffered and was buried; And arose again on the third day according to the Scriptures; And ascended into the Heavens, and sitteth at the right hand of the Father; And shall come again, with glory, to judge both the living and the dead; Whose Kingdom shall have no end; And in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of life; Who proceedeth from the Father; Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; Who spake by the Prophets; In One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the remission of sins. I look for the resurrection of the dead, And The Life of the age to come. Amen.


The Canon of Preparation for Holy Communion

(Second Tone)

Ode One

Come, O ye people, let us sing a song unto Christ God, Who divided the sea, and made way for the people which He had brought up out of the bondage of Egypt; for He is glorified.


Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.


May Thy holy Body be for me the Bread of life everlasting, O compassionate Lord, and may Thy precious Blood be a remedy for diverse maladies.


Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.


Defiled by unseemly deeds, wretched as I am, I am unworthy, O Christ, to partake of Thine immaculate Body and divine Blood; but make me worthy of them.


Most Holy Mother of God, save us.


O Blessed Bride of God, O good land which produced the Ear of Wheat which knew no husbandry and which bringeth salvation to the world: grant that I who eat thereof may be saved.


Ode Three

Upon the rock of faith hast Thou now confirmed me; Thou hast enlarged my mouth over mine adversaries; my spirit hath rejoiced mightily in chanting: There is none holy as our most holy God, and there is none righteous but Thee, O Lord Most High.


Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.


Grant me, O Christ, teardrops to cleanse the defilement of my heart, that, purified and with a good conscience, I may draw nigh with fear and faith, O Master, to the communion of Thy divine Gifts.

Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.


May Thine immaculate Body and divine Blood be for the forgiveness of mine offenses, for communion with the Holy Spirit, and for life everlasting, O Friend of man, and for estrangement from passions and sorrows.


Most Holy Mother of God, save us.


O All-Holy one, table of the Bread of Life which for mercy's sake came down from on high and gave new life to the world, make even me, who am unworthy, worthy now with fear to taste thereof and live.


Ode Four

Neither an angel, nor yet an ambassador, O my Lord, but Thyself incarnate camest from a Virgin and holy Maid, rescuing me, the whole man. Wherefore, I cry to Thee: Glory to Thy power, O Lord my God.


Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.


O Most Merciful One, Who wast incarnate for us, Thou didst will to be slain as a sheep for the sins of mortals. Wherefore also, I implore Thee to blot out mine offenses.


Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.


Heal the wounds of my soul, O Lord, and wholly sanctify me, the wretched one, and make me worthy, O Master, to partake of Thy divine Mystical Supper.


Most Holy Mother of God, save us.


Make Him Who came forth from thy womb, O Lady, to be gracious also unto me; and keep me, thy suppliant, blameless and free of stain, that, by receiving within me the noetic Pearl, I may be sanctified.


Ode Five

O Lord, Thou Bestower of light and Creator of the ages, guide us in the light of Thy commandments; for we know none other God than Thee.


Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.


As Thou didst foretell, O Christ, so let it be even now to Thine abject slave, and abide in me as Thou didst promise; for behold, I eat Thy divine Body and drink Thy Blood.


Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.


O Word of God, and God, may the live coal of Thy Body be for the enlightenment of me who am darkened, and may Thy Blood be for the cleansing of my defiled soul.


Most Holy Mother of God, save us.


O Mary, thou Mother of God, august tabernacle of the Sweet Fragrance: by thy prayers, make me a chosen vessel, that I may partake of the Holy Gifts of thy Child.


Ode Six

Compassed by the abyss of my many sins, I invoke the boundless abyss and unfathomed deep of Thy compassion, O my Christ: Raise me out of corruption, O Lord my God.


Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.


O Saviour, sanctify my mind, soul, heart, and body; and grant that without condemnation, O Master, I may approach the dread Mysteries.


Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy on me.


Grant me estrangement from passions, and the increase of Thy grace, and assurance of life by my participation in Thy holy Mysteries, O Christ.


Most Holy Mother of God, save us.