Saturday, September 17, 2011

a poetic meditation on the Anima Christi

Some of you may know my friend Mike Carter.  He loves to meditate on the faith in poetic verse.  You may also know the medieval prayer, Anima Christi.  It is a wonderful prayer to the crucified Christ.  I recommend its use anytime, but especially after receiving Holy Communion. 

(For those not familiar, here is the traditional text:
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. Amen.
And here is a classic translation:
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 Thy wounds, hide me.
Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.
From the malignant enemy, defend me.
In the hour of my death, call me.
And bid me come to Thee.
That, with Thy saints, I may praise Thee,
World without end. Amen.
And here is another version I like, this one a bit more of a free translation, from the nineteenth century, by Cardinal Newman:
Soul of Christ, be my sanctification.
Body of Christ, be my salvation.
Blood of Christ, fill all my veins.
Water from Christ’s side, wash out my stains.
Passion of Christ, my comfort be.
O good Jesus, listen to me.
In Thy wounds I fain would hide.
N’er to be parted from Thy side.
Guard me should the foe assail me.
Call me when my life shall fail me.
Bid me come to Thee above.
With Thy saints to sing Thy love.
World without end. Amen.

But this is not really a blog post the Anima Christi.  That merits a separate entry, which I hope to do some time.)  My point here is to introduce you to a poetic creation which Mike has produced.  It is based upon the Anima Christi, and I think it lives up to the venerable tradition of that prayer.  Please find it here:
Nice job, Mike.

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