Prayers in Thanksgiving after Holy Communion

Psalm 34 (33)

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and be glad.
O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!

I sought the Lord, and he answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.
Look to him, and be radiant; so your faces shall never be ashamed.
This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.
O taste and see that the Lord is good! Happy is the man who takes refuge in him!
O fear the Lord, you his saints, for those who fear him have no want!
The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

Come, O sons, listen to me, I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
What man is there who desires life, and covets many days, that he may enjoy good?
Keep your tongue from evil, and your lips from speaking deceit.
Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous, and his ears toward their cry.
The face of the Lord is against evildoers, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves the crushed in spirit.

Many are the afflictions of the righteous; but the Lord delivers him out of them all.
He keeps all his bones; not one of them is broken.
Evil shall slay the wicked; and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.
The Lord redeems the life of his servants; none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

Glory to You, O God. (3 times)

A Prayer
I thank You, Lord my God, for You have not rejected me, a sinner, but have made me worthy to be a partaker of Your holy things. I thank You, for You have permitted me, the unworthy, to commune with Your most pure and heavenly Gifts. But, Master and Lover of mankind, who for our sakes died and rose again, and gave us these awesome and life-creating Mysteries for the good and sanctification of our souls and bodies; let them be for the healing of soul and body, the repelling of every adversary, the illumining of the eyes of my heart, the peace of my spiritual powers, a faith unashamed, a love unfeigned, the fulfilling of wisdom, the observing of Your commandments, the receiving of Your divine grace and the attaining of Your Kingdom. Preserved by them in Your holiness, may I always remember Your grace and live not for myself alone, but for You, our Master and Benefactor. May I pass from this life in the hope of eternal life and so attain to the everlasting rest, where the voice of those who feast is unceasing and the gladness of those who behold the goodness of Your countenance is unending. For You are the true desire and the ineffable joy of those who love You, Christ our God, and all creation sings Your praise forever. Amen.

A Prayer of St. Basil the Great
Master, Christ our God, King of the Ages, Maker of all things, I thank You for all the good things You have given me, especially for the communion with Your most pure and life-creating Mysteries. I pray You, gracious Lover of mankind: preserve me under Your protection, beneath the shadow of Your wings. Enable me, even to my last breath, to partake worthily and with a pure conscience of Your holy things, for the remission of sins and unto life eternal. For You are the Bread of Life, the Fountain of Holiness, the Giver of all Good; to You we ascribe glory, with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

A Prayer by St. Simeon Metaphrastes
Freely You have given me Your Body for my food. You are a fire consuming the unworthy; do not consume me, my Creator, but instead enter into my members, my veins, my heart. Consume the thorns of my transgressions. Cleanse my soul and sanctify my reasonings. Make firm my knees and body. Illumine my five senses. Nail me to the fear of You. Always protect, guard and keep me from soul-destroying words and deeds. Cleanse me, purify me and adorn me. Give me understanding and illumination. Show me to be a temple of Your One Spirit and not the home of many sins. May every evil thing, every carnal passion, flee from me as from a fire as I become Your tabernacle through communion.

I offer You as intercessors all the saints: the leaders of the bodiless hosts, Your Forerunner, the wise apostles and Your pure and blameless Mother. Accept their prayers in Your love, my Christ, and make me, Your servant, a child of light. For You are the only Sanctification and Light of our souls, Good One, and to You, our Master and God, we ascribe glory day by day.

Another Prayer
Lord Jesus Christ our God: let Your holy Body be my eternal life; Your precious Blood, my remission of sins. Let this eucharist be my joy, health and gladness. Make me, a sinner, worthy to stand at the right hand of Your glory at Your awesome Second Coming, through the prayers of Your most pure Mother and of all the saints.

A Prayer of St. Dimitri of Rostov
Exaltation of my soul, joy of my spirit, balm of my heart, merciful Jesus: remain always with me, and by Your mighty hand keep me with You and in You. Let me be united to You in one spirit and let all my thoughts, all my works and all my actions be in You, for You and by You, for without You I can do nothing.

Let all the feelings, all the motions of my soul and body be not in service of self, but in Your service, my Creator, so that I may live and move in You. Let all the powers of my soul and body be subject to You and let my whole life until my dying breath be consecrated to the glory of Your holy name, my Creator.

A Prayer to the Theotokos
Most holy Lady Theotokos, the light of my darkened soul, my hope, my protection, my refuge, my rest and my joy. I thank you, for you have permitted me, the unworthy, to be a partaker of the most pure Body and precious Blood of your Son. Since you gave birth to the True Light, give the light of understanding to the eyes of my heart. Since you gave birth to the Fountain of immortality, enliven me, for I am deadened by sin. Have mercy on me, loving Mother of the merciful God. Grant me compunction and contrition of heart, humility in my thoughts and a release from the slavery of my own reasonings. And enable me, even to my last breath, to receive the sanctification of the most pure Mysteries, for the healing of soul and body. Grant me tears of repentance and confession, that I may glorify you all the days of my life, for you are blessed and greatly glorified forever. Amen.

The Song of Simeon the Godbearer
Lord, now let Your servant depart in peace,
according to Your word;
for my eyes have seen Your salvation,
which You have prepared before the face of all people.
A light to enlighten the Gentiles
and to be the glory of Your people Israel.

Trisagion Prayers
Holy God, Holy Mighty, Holy Immortal, have mercy on us. (3 times)

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Most Holy Trinity, have mercy on us.
Lord, cleanse us from our sins.
Master, pardon our transgressions.
Holy One, visit and heal our infirmities for Your name’s sake.

Lord have mercy. (3 times)

Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your Kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.