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
O Foolish ones of the world, says St. Augustine, miserable creatures, where are you going to satisfy your hearts? Come to Jesus; for by Him alone can that pleasure which you seek be bestowed. “Unhappy creatures, whither are you going? The good you seek for comes from Him.” My soul, be not of the number of these foolish ones; seek God alone: “seek for that one good in which are all good things.” And if you desire soon to find Him, behold, He is close to you; tell Him what you desire, since for this end it is that He is in the ciborium, to console you, and to grant your prayer. St. Teresa says that all are not allowed to speak to their king; the most that can be hoped for is to communicate with him through a third person. To converse with You, O King of glory, no third person is needed; You are always ready in the Sacrament of the Altar to give audience to all. Whoever desires You always finds You there, and converses with You face to face. And even if anyone at length succeeds in speaking with a king, how many difficulties has he had to overcome before he can do so! Kings grant audiences only a few times in the year; but You, in this Sacrament, grant audience to all night and day, and whenever we please.
O Sacrament of love, You who, whether You give Yourself in the Communion, or dwell on the altar, know, by the tender attractions of Your love, how to draw so many hearts to Yourself, who, enamored of You, and filled with amazement at the sight of such love, burn with joy, and think always of You, draw also my miserable heart to Yourself; for it desires to love You, and to live enslaved by Your love. For my part, I now and henceforward place all my interests, all my hopes, and all my affections, my soul, my body – I place all in the hands of Your goodness. Accept me, O Lord, and dispose of me as You please, I will never complain, O my love, of Your Holy dispensation; I know that, as they all take their source in Your loving heart, they will be full of love, and for my good. It is enough for me to know that You will them also in time and in eternity. Do all that You wilI in me and with me; I unite my entire self to Your will, which is all holy, all good, all beautiful, all perfect, all loving. O will of my God, how dear are you to me! My will is ever to live and die united to and bound up with You. Your pleasure is my pleasure. I will that Your desires shall also be my desires. My God, my God, help me; make me henceforward live for You alone; make me will only what You will, and make me live only to love Your amiable will. Grant that I may die for Your love, since You have died and become food for me. I curse those days in which I did my own will, so much to Your displeasure. I love You, O will of God, as much as I love God, since You are one with Him. I love You, then, with my whole heart, and give myself all to You.
Ejaculation. O will of God, you are my love.
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
The great Queen says, With me are riches … that I may enrich them that love me. (Prov. 8, 8.21.) Let us Love Mary, if we would be rich in graces. The writer who calls himself “the Idiot” styles her “the treasurer of graces.” Blessed is he who has recourse to Mary with love and confidence. M y mother, my hope, you can make me a saint; from you I hope for this favor.
Ejaculation. Mother most amiable, pray for me!
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.