Latin Anima Christi

The Anima Christi Prayer in Latin

The Anima Christi in Latin has a profound effect on us. The words are most sacred, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, they can bring us into immediate union with Christ.

The Anima Christi in Latin

Anima Christi, sanctifica me. 
Corpus Christi, salva me.
Sanguis Christi, inebria me.
Aqua lateris Christi, lava me.
Passio Christi, conforta me.
O bone Iesu, exaudi me.
Intra tua vulnera absconde me.
Ne permittas me separari a te.
Ab hoste maligno defende me.
In hora mortis meae voca me.
Et iube me venire ad te,
Ut cum Sanctis tuis laudem te
in saecula saeculorum.

History of the Latin Anima Christi

The author of this traditional Roman Missal prayer is unknown. It is frequently attributed to St. Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), as it was a favorite of his and appears at the start of his Spiritual Exercises. He could not have written it, however, because a copy of the prayer appears in a document from 1334, nearly a century and a half before St. Ignatius was born. Others have attributed it to Blessed Bernadine of Feltre (1439-1494), but the prayer predates him by at least a century. The prayer is also known as the Prayer of St. Patrick, and some scholars believe it was written in seventh-century Ireland. This also appears unlikely, as no copy from that era is known to exist. The prayer is accompanied by a partial indulgence.

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The Anima Christi in Latin
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