12 June 2011

Water from the Side of Christ

I'm continuing with looking at the Anima Christi prayer.  If you want a more in-depth theological look at it, I highly recommend Micah's posts over at The Ranter's blog.  Here's the full text of the prayer:

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 malicious enemy defend me
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That with thy Saints I may praise Thee
For all eternity

Water from the side of Christ, wash me.

 I love the imagery here.  My first thought is to picture our baptism, with the water coming directly from the side of Christ.  My second thought is to picture the image of Divine Mercy given to St Faustina, pictured to the right.  Jesus gives us baptism, and He acts through the waters of baptism to cleanse us from sin.  This act of His grace and mercy is only magnified by thinking of the water pouring from His heart, from His side at His death being tied to the baptismal waters.  Our God is truly amazing.

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