Ave Maria Meditations
I thank you, Lord, holy Father Almighty and eternal God, that through Your merciful condescension, and not for any merit of mine, You have willed to feed me, Your unworthy servant with the precious Body and Blood of Your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
May this Holy Communion not bring me condemnation but obtain for me life-giving pardon. May it be the armor of my faith and the shield of a firm will. May it remove my vices, and destroy inordinate concupiscence and lust. May it make me advance in charity and patience, humility and obedience, and in all the virtues. Let it be a strong defense against the snares of all my enemies, visible and invisible, allaying for me every disturbance of flesh and spirit, binding me firmly to You, the one true God, and bringing my last hour to a happy close.
I pray, too, Father, that it may be Your pleasure to call my sinful self one day to that banquet, wonderful past all telling, were You with Your Son and the Holy Spirit feast your Saints with the vision of Yourself, who are true light, the fulfillment of all desires, unending joy, unalloyed gladness, and perfect bliss. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
St. Thomas Aquinas