Two Communion Prayers of St. Basil the Great
O Lord, I know that if I partake unworthily
of Your most pure body and precious blood,
I will be guilty:
I will be eating and drinking my own condemnation
by not giving proper reverence to Your body and blood.
But, trusting in Your mercy,
I dare to come to You, for You have said:
“whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood
abides in me, and I, in him.”
Be merciful to me, a sinner, O Lord,
and do not reject me,
but deal with me according to Your mercy.
Grant this holy mystery be for the healing of my soul and body,
for the enlightenment of my mind,
and for the protection of my life.
Let it be for the amendment of my conduct,
for perseverance, for the increase of virtue,
and for protection in the communion of Your Holy Spirit.
Give me your body and blood, O Lord,
as a provision for the journey to eternal life,
and for an acceptable answer at Your judgement seat.
Do not let it be for my judgement or condemnation,
O Master, Christ our God, King of ages, and Maker of all things!
I thank You for all the favors You have granted me,
and for having given to me
Your pure and life-giving, precious mysteries.
I pray You, O gracious God who loves mankind,
Keep me under your protection
and under the shadow of Your wings.
Grant that until my last breath,
I may worthily receive Your holy mysteries
with a clear conscience for the remission of my sins
and for life everlasting.
For You are the Bread of Life, the Fountain of Holiness,
and the Provider of Graces,
and we glorify You- together with Your Father,
and Your Holy Spirit,
now and ever, and unto the ages of ages,