Prayers of Thanksgiving
After Holy Communion
In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
Glory to Thee, our God, glory to Thee.
I thank thee, O Lord my God,
that thou hast not rejected me, a sinner,
but hast accounted me worthy to become
a communicant of thy Holy Mysteries.
I thank thee that thou hast accounted me, the unworthy,
worthy to partake of thine immaculate and heavenly gifts.
But, O Master who lovest mankind,
who didst both die for us and rise again,
and didst bestow upon us these thy terrible and life-giving Mysteries
for the benefitting and sanctification of our souls and bodies:
grant that they may be for me also unto the healing of soul and body,
unto the averting of everything contrary thereto;
unto the enlightenment of the eyes of my heart;
unto the peace of my spiritual powers;
unto faith invincible; unto love unfeigned;
unto fulfilling of wisdom; unto the keeping of thy commandments;
unto growth in thy divine grace, and the attainment of thy kingdom:
that by them preserved in thy holiness, I may ever remember thy grace,
and henceforth live not unto myself, but unto thee,
our Master and Benefactor.
And thus, when this life is ended,
in the hope of eternal life,
I may attain unto everlasting rest,
where the voice of those who keep festival is unceasing,
and the delight of those who behold
the ineffable beauty of thy countenance is boundless;
for thou art the true desire and unutterable joy
of all those who love thee,
O Christ our God,
and all creation hymneth thee forever.
A Prayer of St Basil the Great
(Continuation of thanksgiving prayers, page 2 of 4)