Day 13

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

My eyes and My heart shall he there always. (3 Kgs. 9, 3.) Behold, Jesus has verified this beautiful promise in the Sacrament of the Altar, wherein He dwells with us night and day.

My Lord, would it not have been enough had You remained in this Sacrament only during the day, when You could have had adorers of Your presence to keep You company; but why remain also the whole night, when the churches are all closed, and when men retire to their homes, leaving You quite alone? Ah, yes! I already understand You: love has made You our prisoner; the excessive love which You bear us has so bound You down on earth, that neither night nor day can You leave us. Ah, most amiable Savior, this refinement of love alone should oblige all men ever to stay near You in the sacred ciboriums, and to remain with You until forcibly compelled to leave You; and when they do so, they should all leave at the foot of the altar their hearts and affections inflamed with love towards an Incarnate God who remains alone and enclosed in a tabernacle, all eye to see and provide for them in their necessities, and all heart to love them, and who waits the coming day to be again visited by His beloved souls.

Yes, my Jesus, I will please You; whole will and all my affections to You. O infinite Majesty of God, You have left Yourself in this divine Sacrament, not only that You might be present with us and near us, but principally to communicate Yourself to Your beloved souls. But, Lord, who will presume to approach You to feed upon Your flesh? and who, on the other hand, can keep at a distance from You? For this purpose You conceal Yourself in the consecrated Host, that You may enter into us and possess our hearts. You burn with the desire of being received by us, and You rejoice in being there united with us. Come, then, my Jesus, come; I desire to receive You within myself, that You may be the God of my heart and of my will. All that is within me I yield, my dear Redeemer, to Your love; satisfactions, pleasures, self-will, all I give up to You. O Love, O God of love, reign, triumph over my entire self; destroy and sacrifice all in me which is mine and not Yours. Permit not, O my Love, that my soul, which, having received You in the Holy Communion, is filled with the Majesty of God, should again attach itself to creatures. I love You, my God, I love You; and I will love You alone and forever.

Ejaculation. Draw me by the chains of Your love.

Spiritual Communion

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

St. Bernard exhorts us, saying: “Let us seek for grace, and let us seek it by Mary.” “She,” says St. Peter Damian, “is the treasurer of divine graces.” She can enrich us, and she desires to do so. She therefore invites and calls us, saying: Whosoever is a little one, let him come to me. (Prov. 9, 4.) Most amiable Lady, most exalted Lady, most gracious Lady, look on a poor sinner who recommends himself to You, and who places all his confidence in You.

Ejaculation. We fly to your patronage, O holy Mother of God!

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.

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