based on the prayer Anima Christi
, and sung to a tune of that name. The work is a favourite of high-church Anglican
churches and Roman Catholic
schools, and is often used during the distribution of holy Communion.
Soul of my saviour, sanctify my breast,
Body of Christ, be thou my saving guest,
Blood of my saviour, bathe me in thy tide,
Wash me with water flowing from thy side.
Strength and protection may thy passion be,
O blessèd Jesus, hear and answer me;
Deep in thy wounds, Lord, hide and shelter me,
So shall I never, never part from thee.
Guard and defend me from the foe malign,
In death's dread moments make me only thine;
Call me and bid me come to thee on high
Where I may praise thee with thy saints for ay.