I’m in a state of transition on this, for I’ve heard three ways to receive and am not sure which one to go with. St. Louis de Montfort recommended prayerfully admitting our sins to the Holy Trinity before receiving, and then praying “I am not worthy to receive; blessed Mother, please receive your Son into your arms for me. Beloved Son, please rush to the arms of your Mother in my soul.” He recommended praying this way before receiving the Sacrament, and I like it very much and pray this way often. However, it is a little hard for me because there are also the liturgical prayers and I want to pray them too, but I sometimes get distracted between the two and I know that isn’t good.
St. Francis de Sales recommended thanking God for the life, death and resurrection of the Lord before receiving. He also recommended prayerfully readying the heart the evening and morning before receiving, which I can’t describe for you in detail as I don’t practice it.
Another saint recommended maintaing utter silence in the soul before and after receiving the Eucharist for quite some time, and thanking God and asking Him to make your heart receptive to the Sacrifice (praying this both before and after the silence).
So the saints seem to have had different ways of prayerfully approaching the Holy Communion. I personally am trying to work out how to fit St. Louis de Montfort’s technique in with the regular liturgy, so that I’m doing both, but I’d also like to try the prayer of silence, so I’m a bit confused. I may try to pray St. Louis de Montfort’s prayers prior to arriving at the Mass and then praying the liturgy and the silence separately.
I’m still reading and pondering on this. It’s a valuable and important question, though.