Thursday, January 25, 2024

A Beautiful Illustration of the Prayer “Anima Christi”

Thanks to the Spanish-language Facebook page Poco y católico for sharing with us this very lovely image of part of the prayer Anima Christi written on Gothic script on scrolls around a cross. I was unable to find any information about the date or source of the image, so if anyone knows where it comes from, please be so kind as to leave a message in the combox.

The “Anima Christi” is traditionally ascribed to St Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuit Order, and in liturgical books, is printed under the title “Aspirationes Sancti Ignatii ad Sanctissimum Redemptorem – Aspirations of St Ignatius to the Most Holy Redeemer.” It is also traditionally included at the beginning of his Spiritual Exercises, as seen in the picture below, taken from an edition printed in 1920. However, it is found in manuscripts that predate Ignatius’ birth (1491) by over 100 years, and the true author is unknown.

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