Day 18

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

One day Jesus will be seated on a throne of majesty in the valley of Josaphat; but now, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, He is seated on a throne of love. Did a king, to show his love for a poor shepherd, go and live in his village, how great would be the ingratitude of this peasant did he not often go to visit him, knowing the king’s wish to see him, and that for this purpose he had come to reside there!

Ah, my Jesus, for love of me, You dwell in the Sacrament of the Altar. Could I, then, do so, my desire would be to remain night and day in Your presence. If the angels, O my Lord, filled with astonishment at the love which You bear us, remain always around You, it is but reasonable that I, seeing You for my sake on this altar, should endeavor to please You, at least by remaining in Your presence, to praise the love and goodness which You have for me; I will praise You, O Lord … because You have heard the words of my mouth; in the sight of the Angels I will sing psalms to You … I will praise Your name, because of Your goodness and fidelity. (Ps. 137, if.)

O God present in this Most Holy Sacrament, O bread of angels, O heavenly food, I love You, but You are not, neither am I, satisfied with my love. I love You: but I love You too little. My Jesus, make known to me the beauty and the immense goodness for me to love You: make my heart banish from itself all earthly affections, and give place to Your divine love. To fill me with Your love, and to unite Yourself all to me, You descend every day from heaven on our altars; it is, then, but just that I should think of nothing else but of loving, adoring, and pleasing You. I love You with my whole soul, I love You with all my affections. If You are graciously pleased to make me a return for this love, increase my love, render its flames more ardent; that thus I may always love You more, and desire more and more to please You.

Ejaculation. Jesus, my love, give me 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

As poor sick persons, who on account of their miseries are abandoned by all, find shelter in the public hospitals; so also do the most miserable sinners, although discarded by all, find protection in the mercy of Mary, by whom they are never rejected; for God has placed her in the world as a receptacle and as a public hospital for sinners, as St. Basil of Seleucia gives us to understand. Hence St. Ephrem also calls her “the asylum of sinners.” Therefore, my Queen, if I have recourse to you, you cannot reject me on account of my sins. No, even the more wretched I am, the greater is the claim which I have on your protection, since God has created you as the refuge of the most miserable. Therefore to you I have recourse, O Mary; I place myself under your mantle. You are the refuge of sinners; you are, then, my refuge, the hope of my salvation. If you reject me, to whom shall I have recourse?

Ejaculation. Mary, my refuge, save 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.