PREPARATORY PRAYERS FOR HOLY COMMUNION
First Prayer of St. John Chrysostom
Orthodox Prayer Book

O Lord my God, I know that I am not worthy or sufficient that Thou shouldest
come under the roof of the house of my soul, for all is desolate and fallen, and
Thou hast not with me a place fit to lay Thy head. But as from the highest heaven
Thou didst humble Thyself for our sake, so now conform Thyself to my humility.
And as Thou didst consent to lie in a cave and in a manger of dumb beasts, so
also consent to lie in the manger of my unspiritual soul and to enter my defiled
body. And as Thou didst not disdain to enter and dine with sinners in the house of
Simon the Leper, so consent also to enter the house of my humble soul which is
leprous and sinful. And as Thou didst not reject the woman, who was a harlot and
a sinner like me, when she approached and touched Thee, so also be
compassionate with me, a sinner, as I approach and touch Thee, and let the live
coal of Thy most holy Body and precious Blood be for the sanctification and
enlightenment and strengthening of my humble soul and body, for a relief from the
burden of my many sins, for a protection from all diabolical practices, for a
restraint and a check on my evil and wicked way of life, for the mortification of
passions, for the keeping of Thy commandments, for an increase of Thy divine
grace, and for the advancement of Thy Kingdom. For it is not insolently that I draw
near to Thee, O Christ my God, but as taking courage from Thy unspeakable
goodness, and that I may not by long abstaining from Thy communion become a
prey to the spiritual wolf. Therefore, I pray Thee, O Lord, Who alone art holy,
sanctify my soul and body, my mind and heart, my emotions and affections, and
wholly renew me. Root the fear of Thee in my members, and make Thy
sanctification indelible in me. Be also my helper and defender, guide my life in
peace, and make me worthy to stand on Thy right hand with Thy Saints: through
the prayers and intercessions of Thy immaculate Mother, of Thy ministering
Angels, of the immaculate Powers and of all the Saints who have ever been
pleasing to Thee. Amen.