When we offer the Communion gifts of beard and wine we do so as an entire family of God’s children. We offer ourselves, all that we have done, all that we have failed to do, all that we have suffered, all the joys, all the worries, all the hopes, we offer everything of ourselves just as we are and unite it to Jesus who becomes Truly Present in the Eucharist under the appearances of Bread and Wine.
At the Offertory we may sing the hymn which usually have beautiful words to help us to focus on our offering of ourselves and uniting it with Jesus’ Sacrifice of Calvary which we are about to mystically enter into or we can make some silent prayer as the gifts are taken to the Altar and are being prepared for the Consecration. The silent prayer we make can be in any words and is in conjunction with the part of the Mass where the Priest says ‘Lift up your hearts’ and we all say ‘We lift up our hearts’.
You may have special intentions which you would like to offer your life for, I have mine and at the Offertory I make a short prayer offering my life united to Jesus for these intentiosn but always I ask for God’s Will.
As another poster said we remember the living and the dead at Holy Mass and we also remember those we pray for during intercessory prayers after the Homily.
At Holy Communion we know this is our most intimate time with Jesus so foremost in our hearts should be to express that we love Jesus either in silent words or with our hearts, then we offer thanks and adoration, then we can make some petition for others and if we ask just one thing for ourselves then ask to be transformed by this Eucharist, of course all of this done in love.
I would always encourage people, when they are making personal prayers to use their own words and say what is inspired to come into their hearts and minds and express that in their way to Jesus. The reason for set prayers and the Liturgy is foremost to offer thanks, praise and glory to God by His Will and Decree and secondly to spiritually enrich the community but because we should and must pray as a family at Mass and in union with each other by the power of the Holy Spirit, we can’t go off saying our own thing, it is important to pray together focused in using the same words. It would not be to our benefit nor the benefit of our brothers and sisters to be absorbed in personal prayer throughout the Mass, there are times for this during the Mass, but the majority of the Mass is where we all come together to pray as one, in Spirit and in Truth.
Aside from these times, during the rest of the Mass we must pray together and in union with the same heart and voice even if, as it often is, the Holy Spirit moves each person to be enlightened to different things from participating in the Holy Mass.
The Holy Mass is Jesus’ Eternal Sacrificial Prayer to the Father on our behalf and ministered by the Priest who acts mystically in the Person of Christ during Mass and we submit ourselves to this and enter into the Mass with the Priest who acts and serves for all of the Community. The Prayer of the Holy Mass therefore, is supremely powerful over all prayer because here we are mystically seen by God the Father in Jesus the Son by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Don’t worry too much about your personal prayer at Mass, concentrate on entering into the Sacrifical nature of the Mass by simply offering yourself to Jesus and be recollected that Heaven meets Earth upon the Altar and that you are in the presence of God, the Angels and all of the saints and Saints.