Prayer Before Each Visit to the Most Blessed Sacrament
My Lord Jesus Christ who, because of your immense love for humanity, remain day and night in this Sacrament, awaiting, calling, and welcoming all those who come to visit you, I believe that you are present here, I adore you in the abyss of my nothingness, and I thank you for having given yourself to me in this Sacrament, for having given me your Most Holy Mother Mary, as my advocate, and for having called me to visit you in this church.
Today greet your beloved heart, and I intend to greet it for three reasons. Firstly, in thanksgiving for this great gift. Secondly, to make amends for all the offences which you receive in this Sacrament. Thirdly, I intend in this visit to adore you in all the places of the earth where you are most abandoned.
My Jesus, I love you with all my heart. I repent for having so often offended your infinite goodness. With your grace, I resolve never to offend you again in the future; and at present, unworthy as I am, I consecrate myself entirely to you, I give you my affections and everything I possess. From this day on, do with me all that you please. I ask only for your holy love, for perseverance to the end of my life and for the perfect fulfillment of your will. I commend to you the souls of Purgatory, especially all those most devoted to the Blessed Sacrament and to Mary Most Holy. I commend to you all poor sinners. I unite all my feelings to those of your most beloved heart, and thus united, I offer them to your eternal Father and I pray to him to accept them and to satisfy them out of love for you. Amen.
Visit to the Blessed Sacrament
Behold the source of every good, Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament, Who says, If any man thirst let him come to Me. (John 7, 37.) Oh, what torrents of grace have the saints drawn from the fountain of the Most Blessed Sacrament, for there Jesus dispenses all the merits of His Passion, as it was foretold by the Prophet: You shall draw waters with joy out of the Savior’s fountains. (Isa. 12, 3.) The Countess of Feria, that illustrious disciple of the Venerable Father John of Avila, afterwards a Poor Clare, and surnamed the spouse of the Most Blessed Sacrament from her long and frequent visits to It, on being asked how she employed the many hours thus passed in the presence of the Holy of Holies, replied: “I could remain there for all eternity. And is not the very essence of God, which will be the food of the blessed there present? Good God! Am I asked what I do in His presence? Why am I not rather asked, what is not done there? We love, we praise, we give thanks, we ask. What does a poor man do in the presence of one who is rich? What does a sick man do in the presence of his physician? What does a man do who is parched with thirst in the presence of a limpid fountain? What is the occupation of one who is starving, and is placed before a well-supplied table?”
O my most amiable, most sweet, most beloved Jesus, my life, my hope, my treasure, the only love of my soul! Oh, what has it cost You to remain thus with us in this Sacrament! You had to die, that You might thus dwell among us on our altars; and then how many insults have You not had to endure in this Sacrament, in order to aid us by Your presence! Your love, and the desire which You have to be loved by us, have conquered all.
Come then, O Lord! Come and take possession of my heart; close its doors forever, that henceforward no creature may enter there to divide the love which is due to You, and which it is my ardent desire to bestow all on You. You alone, my dear Redeemer, rule me; You alone possess my whole being; and if ever I do not obey You perfectly, chastise me with rigor that hence forward I may be more watchful to please You as You wilI. Grant that I may no longer seek for any other pleasure than that of giving You pleasure; that all my please may be to visit You often on Your altars; to entertain myself with You, and to receive You in Holy Communion. Let all who will, seek other treasures; the only treasure that I love, the only one that I desire, is that of Your love; for this only will I ask at the foot of the altar. Make me forget myself, that thus I may only remember Your goodness. Blessed Seraphim, I envy you, not for your glory, but for the love which you bear to your and my God; oh, teach me what I must do to love Him, and to please Him.
Ejaculation. My Jesus, I will love You only; You only do I desire to please.
My Jesus, I believe You are truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You more than anything in the world, and I hunger to feed on Your flesh. But since I cannot receive Communion at this moment, feed me at least spiritually. I unite myself to You now as I do when I actually receive You. Never let me drift away from You. Amen.
Visit to the Blessed Virgin Mary
In our Mother Mary we have another fountain, which is indeed fruitful to us. She is so rich in good things and in graces, says St. Bernard, that there is no one in the world who does not participate in them: “Of her fullness we have all received.” [De Laud. V. M. hom. 2] The Most Blessed Virgin Mary was filled by God with grace, and as such was saluted by the angel, “Hail, full of grace”; not for herself alone, but also for us. St. Peter Chrysologus adds, that she received that great abyss of grace, that she might afterwards impart it to all who are devout to her; “The Blessed Virgin received this grace, that she might give in return salvation to all.”
Ejaculation. Cause of our joy, pray for us!
Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary After the Visit
Most holy Immaculate Virgin and my Mother Mary, to you who are the Mother of my Lord, the Queen of the world, the advocate, the hope, and the refuge of sinners, I have recourse today, I who am the most miserable of all. I render you my most humble homage, 0 great Queen, and I thank you for all the graces you have conferred on me until now, particularly for having delivered me from hell, which I have so often deserved.
I love you, 0 most amiable Lady; and for the love which I bear you, I promise to serve you always, and to do all in my power to make others love you also. I place in you all my hopes; I confide my salvation to your care.
Accept me for your servant, and receive me under your mantle, 0 Mother of Mercy. And since you are so powerful with God, deliver me from all temptations; or rather obtain for me the strength to triumph over them until death. Of you I ask a perfect love for Jesus Christ.
Through you I hope to die a good death. 0 my Mother, by the love which you bear to God, I beseech you to help me at all times, especially at the last moment of my life. Leave me not, I beseech you, until you see me safe in heaven, blessing you, and singing your mercies for all eternity. Amen. So I hope. So may it be.