Day 22

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

The Spouse in the sacred Canticles went about seeking for her Beloved; and, not finding Him, she asked all whom she met: Have you seen Him Whom my soul loves? (Cant. 3, 3.) Jesus was not then on earth; but now, if a soul that loves Him seeks Him, she can always find Him in the Most Blessed Sacrament. The Venerable Father John Avila used to say, that among all sanctuaries he could neither find nor desire a more delightful one than a church in which the Most Blessed Sacrament is reserved.

O infinite love of my God, worthy of infinite love! Oh, how could You, my Jesus, ever abase Yourself so far as, in order to dwell among men and to unite Yourself to their hearts to humble Yourself to such a point as to conceal Yourself under the species of bread? O incarnate Word, You are supreme in Your humility, because You are supreme in Your love! How can I do otherwise than love You with my entire self knowing as I do how much You have done to captivate my love? I love You much; and therefore I give Your good pleasure the preference above every interest and every satisfaction of my own. My pleasure is to give You pleasure, my Jesus, my God, my love, my all. Make me hunger to be continually in Your presence in the Blessed Sacrament, to receive You into my heart, and to keep You company. I should be indeed ungrateful did I not accept so sweet and gracious an invitation. Ah, Lord, annihilate in me all affection for created things! You will that You alone, my Creator, should be the object of all my sighs, of all my love. I love You, most amiable goodness of my God. Oh, ask nothing of You but Yourself. I desire not my own pleasure; Your pleasure is all my desire, and sufficient for me. Accept, my Jesus, this good desire of a sinner who wishes to love You. Help me by Your grace. Grant that I, a miserable slave of hell, may from this day forward be the happy slave of Your love.

Ejaculation. I love You, Jesus, my treasure, above every other treasure!

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

My most sweet Lady and Mother, I am a vile rebel to your great Son; but I come repentant to your mercy, that you may obtain for me pardon. Say not that you cannot do so, for St. Bernard calls you “the minister of propitiation.” To you also it belongs to assist those who are in dangers. St. Ephrem calling you “the helper of those in peril.” My Lady, who is in greater danger than I am? I have lost God: it is certain that I have been condemned to hell. I know not whether God has yet pardoned me. I may again lose Him. But you can obtain for me all; and from you I hope for every good, for forgiveness, perseverance, and heaven. I hope to be one of those who, in the kingdom of the blessed, will most praise your mercies, O Mary, for having saved me by your intercession.

Ejaculation. I will sing the mercies of Mary for all eternity. I will sing them forever and ever! Amen, amen.

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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