PREPARATORY PRAYERS FOR HOLY COMMUNION
First Prayer of St. John Damascene
Orthodox Prayer Book
O Sovereign Lord Jesus Christ our God, Who alone hast authority to forgive men
their sins, overlook in Thy goodness and love for men all my offences whether
committed with knowledge or in ignorance, and make me worthy to receive without
condemnation Thy divine, glorious, spotless, and life-giving Mysteries, not for
punishment, nor for an increase of sins, but for purification and sanctification and
as a pledge of the life and kingdom to come, as a protection and help, and for the
destruction of enemies, and for the blotting out of my many transgressions. For
Thou art a God of mercy and compassion and love for men, and to Thee we send
up the glory, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of
ages. Amen.