Selected Prayers

Selected Jesuit Prayers

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O Good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from you.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to you
That with your saints I may praise you
For ever and ever. Amen.

Oh, Lord my God.

You called me from the sleep of nothingness
merely because in your tremendous love
you want to make good and beautiful beings.
You have called me by my name in my mother’s womb.
You have given me breath and light and movement
and walked with me every moment of my existence.
I am amazed, Lord God of the universe,
that you attend to me and, more, cherish me.
Create in me the faithfulness that moves you,
and I will trust you and yearn for you all my days.


—Joseph Tetlow, SJ


Take, Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding,
and my entire will,
all I have and call me own.

You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it.

Everything is yours: do with it what you will.
Give me only you love and your grace,
that is enough for me.

– St Ignatius Loyola

Prayer for Detachment

I beg of you, my Lord,
to remove anything which separates
me from you, and you from me.

Remove anything that makes me unworthy
of your sight, your control, your reprehension:
of your speech and conversation,
of your benevolence and love

Cast from me every evil
That stands in the way of my seeing you,
Hearing, tasting, savoring, and touching you;
Fearing and being mindful of you;
Knowing, loving, and possessing you;
Being conscious of your presence

And, as far as may be, enjoying you.
This is what I ask for myself
And earnestly desire from you. Amen

– St Pierre Favre

Prayer for Generosity

Eternal Word, only begotten Son of God,
Teach me true generosity.
Teach me to serve you as you deserve,
To give without counting the cost,
To fight heedless of wounds,
To labor without seeking rest,
To sacrifice myself without thought of any reward
Save the knowledge that I have done your will.
– Attributed to St Ignatius Loyola

(Prayers from Hearts on Fire: Praying with Jesuits, Michael Harter, SJ, editor. Chicago: Loyola Press, 1993, 2004, The Institute of Jesuit Sources)