Ask Mary to prepare your heart to receive Jesus, her Son, in the Holy Eucharist.
Sometimes receiving Holy Communion can become habit, and we don’t think about the profound mystery we are about to encounter.One way to remind us of such a great mystery is to invite the Virgin Mary to prepare our hearts to receive her Son, Jesus Christ.
Here is a short prayer from the Raccolta that asks the Virgin Mary to accompany us as we approach the altar.
O most Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of gentleness and mercy, I, a miserable and unworthy sinner, fly to thy protection with every sentiment of humility and love; and I implore of thy loving kindness that thou wouldst vouchsafe graciously to be near me, and all who throughout the whole Church are to receive the Body and Blood of thy son this day, even as thou wert near thy sweetest Son as He hung bleeding on the Cross. Aided by thy gracious help, may we worthily approach this august Sacrament.