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The Dominican Family of Trinidad and Tobago

Eucharistic Prayers

While the celebrant is bringing the Eucharist to the altar the following or other suitable hymn may be sung by the congregation.


O saving Victim, open wide
The gate of heaven to us below.
Our foes press on from every side;
Your aid supply, your strength bestow.

To your great name be endless praise,
Immortal Godhead, One in Three;
O grant us endless length of days
In our true native land to be. Amen.
O salutatis Hostia
Quae caeli pandis ostium;
Bella premunt hostilla,
Da robur, fer auxillium.

Uni trinoque Domino
Sit sempiterna gloria,
Qui vitam sine termino
Nobis donet in patria. 


During this period there should be appropriate prayers, songs, readings from scripture, and a brief homily to help the congregation focus its attention to the worship of the Lord.


After a period of meditation and reflection the celebrant goes to the altar, genuflects, and kneels. The following or another suitable eucharistic hymn is sung.


Down in adoration falling,
This great Sacrament we hail;
Over ancient forms of worship
Newer rites of grace prevail;

Faith will tell us Christ is present,
When our human senses fail.

To the everlasting Father,
And the Son who made us free,
And the Spirit, God proceeding
From them Each eternally,
Be salvation, honor, blessing,
Might and endless majesty. Amen.

Tantum ergo Sacramentum
Veneremur cernul,
Et antiquum documentum
Novo cedat ritul;
Praestet fides supplementum
Sensuum defectful.

Genitori Gentioque   Laus et jubilatio,
Salus, honor, virtus quoque
Sit et benedictio;
Procedenti ab utroque
Compar sit laudatio. Amen.

Priest/Deacon: You have given them Bread from heaven (P.T. Alleluia)
ALL: Containing in itself all sweetness (P.T. Alleluia)

Priest/Deacon: Lord Jesus Christ, you gave us the Eucharist as the memorial of your passion and death.
May our worship of this sacrament of your body and blood,
help us to experience the salvation won for us
and the peace of the kingdom,
where you live with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

ALL: Amen.

The celebrant will then bless all present with the Blessed Sacrament  

Blessed be God.
Blessed be his Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be his Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be his Most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, virgin and Mother.
Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in his angels and in his saints.



Holy God, we praise thy name;
Lord of all, we bow before thee;
All on earth they scepter claim;
All in heaven above adore thee.
Infinite they vast domain,
Everlasting is thy reign!
Hark, the loud celestial hymn;
Angel choirs above are raising;
Cherubim and Seraphim,
In unceasing chorus praising,
Fill the heavens with sweet accord:
Holy, holy, holy, Lord!


Prayers before & after Mass & Holy Communion





Almighty and ever-living God,
I approach the sacrament
of Your only-begotten Son
Our Lord Jesus Christ,

I come sick to the doctor of life,

unclean to the fountain of mercy,
blind to the radiance of eternal light,
and poor and needy to the Lord
of heaven and earth.

Lord, in your great generosity,
heal my sickness,
wash away my defilement,
enlighten my blindness, enrich my poverty,
and clothe my nakedness.
May I receive the bread of angels,
King of kings and Lord of lords,
with humble reverence,
with the purity and faith,
the repentance and love,
and the determined purpose
that will help to bring me to salvation.
May I receive the sacrament
of the Lord's Body and Blood,
and its reality and power.

Kind God,
may I receive the Body
of Your only-begotten Son,
our Lord Jesus Christ,
born from the womb of the Virgin Mary,
and so be received into His mystical body
numbered among His members.

Loving Father,
as on my earthly pilgrimage
I now receive Your beloved Son

under the veil of a sacrament,
may I one day see him face to face in
who lives and reigns with You for ever.




in heaven,

you have made us for yourself;
our hearts are restless until they rest in you.

Fulfill this longing through Jesus, the bread of life,
so that we may witness to him
who alone satisfies the hungers of the hu

man family.

By the power of your Spirit
lead us to the heavenly table
where we may feast on the vision of your glory for ever and ever.





Act of Faith

O Jesus,
I believe that I have received
            your flesh to eat
            and your blood to drink,
because you have said it,
and your word is true.


Act of Hope

O Jesus,
I hope in you,
I trust you,
I adore you,
because from your hands I came
and with you I am to be happy forever


Act of Love

O Jesus,
love you.
I love you more than I love myself.
You know that I love you
and that I wish to love you each day more and more.


Act of Offering
(St Ignatius Loyola)

O good Jesus,
teach me to be generous.
Teach me to love and serve you,
            as you deserve;
To give to you and not to count the cost;
to fight for you and not to heed the wounds,
to toil for you and not to seek for rest,
to labour for you and to look for no reward,
            but that alone of knowing
            that I do your holy will.


ANIMA CHRISTI (Soul of Christ)

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, fill all my veins,
Water from Christ’s side, wash out my stains,
Passion of Christ, strengthen me. 
O Good Jesus hear me,
Within your wounds hide me.
Never let me be separated from you.
From the evil enemy, defend me
In the hour of my death call me,
and grant me to come to you
that with your saints I may praise you for ever and ever.




O Jesus,
may I live a good life,
may I die a peaceful death.
May I pray when I am dying:
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
            I give you my heart and my soul,
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
            assist me in my last agony.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
            may I breathe forth my soul
            in peace with you.



(St Ignatius Loyola)

Lord, take all my freedom, my memory, my understanding and my will.
Whatever I have or possess comes to me from your goodness.
I give it all back to you to be guided by your will.

Your life and your love for me are wealth enough:
give me but that;
I ask for nothing more.



My good Jesus,
I fall on my knees before you, 
and with most fervent desire
I beg and beseech you that you would engrave
upon my heart
lively sentiments of faith, hope and love,
with true repentance for my sins,
and a most firm purpose of amendment.

With deep affection and grief,
I reflect upon you five most precious wounds,
having before my eyes what your prophet
David spoke about you,
O good Jesus:
"They have pierced my hands and feet, they have numbered all my bones."



Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: 
Where there is hatred … let me sow love, 

Where there is injury … pardon, 
Where there is discord … unity,
Where there is doubt … faith, 
Where there is error … truth,
Where there is despair … hope
, Where there is sadness … joy,
Where there is darkness … light,

O Divine Master, 
grant that I may not seek so much
To be consoled … but to console, 

To be understood  … as to understand, 
To be loved … as to love.

It is in giving … that we receive,  
It is in forgiving … that we are forgiven, 

It is in pardoning …that we are pardoned,
It is in dying … that we are born to eternal life.


Prayer of Charles de Foucauld

I abandon myself into your hands, 
do with me what you will. 
Whatever you may do, 
I thank you. 
I am ready for all. 
I accept all. 
Let your will be done in me and all your creatures. 
I wish no more than this, O Lord. 

Into your hands I commend my soul; 
I offer it to you with
all the love of my heart, 
for I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself, 
to surrender myself into your hands, without reserve 
and with boundless confidence, for you are my Father.


(St. Thomas Aquinas)

Lord, Father all-powerful and ever-living God,
I thank You,
for even though I am a sinner, your unprofitable servant,
not because of my worth
but in the kindness of your mercy, 
You have fed me with the Precious Body & Blood of Your Son, 
our Lord Jesus Christ.

I pray that this Holy Communion
may not bring me
condemnation and punishment
but forgiveness and salvation.

May it be a helmet of faith and a shield of good will.

May it purify me from evil ways
and put an end to my evil passions.

May it bring me charity and patience, humility and obedience,
and growth in the power to do good.

May it be my strong defence against all my enemies, visible and invisible,
and the perfect calming of all my evil impulses, 
bodily and spiritual.

May it unite me more closely to you, the one true God,
and lead me safely through death to everlasting happiness with You

I pray that You will lead me, a sinner, to the banquet
where you with Your Son and Holy Spirit,
are true and perfect light,
total fulfillment,

everlasting joy,
gladness without end,
and perfect happiness to your saints.

Grant this through Christ our Lord,

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