Blessed Sacrament Church

Anima Christi Prayer

We were so thrilled that we could enter the Blessed Sacrament Church grounds on 28 Feb 2021. Many of the churches have closed their main gates and we have been able to only peek in from outside.

approaching the church

We have not visited this church for quite a while since their renovation some years ago and were happy to stay a while to reacquaint ourselves with this sanctuary nestled in the Tanglin Halt neighbourhood.

As a child, Loving Husband attended the church’s kindergarten, which is still running today. We affectionately called this the “zoo church” as there was a sizeable menagerie of exotic birds & animals kept on church grounds. This feature of the church is no longer there.

Considering the name of the church, I think of the Body of Christ, which then leads me to the Anima Christi, a prayer offered at the beginning of the Spiritual Exercises developed by St Ignatius of Loyola.

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 your wounds hide me.
Permit me not to be separated from you.
From the wicked foe, defend me.
At the hour of my death, call me
and bid me come to you
That with your saints I may praise you
For ever and ever. Amen.

~ Anima Christi, St Ignatius of Loyola ~

This post is my contribution to Becky’s Squares, hosted by Becky at LifeOfB.

17 Comments

  1. Dear Ju-Lyn — I am slowly making my way through my emails, and I’ve been delighted to read your posts! I’ve been loathe to write when I’m so far behind, but this post broke through my reserve: I very much appreciated the Anima Christi. I’ve never read it before and didn’t know about its connection Saint Ignatius’s Spiritual Exercises. I want to make the Examen a more regular part of my life. Perhaps this is the gateway?

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    1. I know the “catch-up” feeling very well. But I have to say that I am thrilled that you are reading my posts from way back. Sometimes I nostalgically look at back posts to give them some love – so it really feels great that you are also now giving them time & attention.

      One of the best things of belonging to a Jesuit parish is the closeness we are to St Ignatius, his beautiful prayers and of course, the Spiritual Exercises. If I may, this is site I go to for inspiration and reflection:

      https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/

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    1. As far as I can find: “The roof is said to symbolise the “tent of meeting” mentioned in the Old Testament of the Bible, and covers the main sanctuary, built in a cruciform shape. The roof is also designed with integrated glass panels, where the four points of the cruciform meet to allow natural light into the sanctuary”

      https://eresources.nlb.gov.sg/infopedia/articles/SIP_1080_2010-08-04.html#:~:text=Architecture%20of%20church%20building,the%20shape%20of%20a%20tent.

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