Prayer Of Humble Access


Prayer Of Humble Access

“The Prayer of Humble Access is an old prayer that has helped Christians prepare to receive the body and blood of Christ in eucharistic worship for nearly 500 years. The prayer is based on two Gospel passages melded together to form one of the most beautiful prayers in the Book of Common Prayer.

But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed." (Matthew 8:8, ESV)

But she answered him, “Yes, Lord; yet even the dogs under the table eat the children's crumbs.” (Mark 7:28, ESV)
Sadly, this prayer has become less palatable in our culture of self-help, in which many church leaders do not think it beneficial or necessary for worshipers to reflect on their unworthiness before a holy God. However, when we pray the Prayer of Humble Access we are not confessing a morbidly hopeless unworthiness, but rather our faith in Christ's righteousness, not our own, through which we humbly receive God's mercy.

My prayer is that this new liturgical setting of the Prayer of Humble Access will help fund an imagination among American (and other Western) Christians for confession of sin as well as deep, mystical reflection upon God's mercy towards us in Christ Jesus.” (Ryan Flanigan)

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Em                   Am       D          G
We do not presume to come to this
      C            Am      D
Thy table, O merciful Lord
Em                  Am  D           G
Trusting in our own righteousness
      C             Am                 B7
But in thy manifold and great mercies 

G                Am
We are not worthy 
      D              G                  C         Am         D
So much as to gather up the crumbs under thy table
      G               Am
But thou art the same Lord 
            D              G              C   Am  B7
Whose property is always to have mer   -    cy 

            Em                         Am   D                 G
Grant us therefore, gracious Lord, so to eat the flesh
C                       Am   D
Of thy dear Son Jesus Christ
Em                    Am            D                 G
And to drink his blood, that we may evermore
C                       Am   B7
Dwell in him and he in us



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