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 Holy Church sings in the Office of the Most Blessed Sacrament “There is no other country, however great, whose gods are near as our God is near to us.” When the Gentiles heard how far our God carried His works of love, they exclaimed: Oh, how good a God is this God of the Christians! And, indeed, although the Gentiles imagined their gods according to their own caprices – yet, if you read history, you will never find in all their fables, and among the many gods they invented, that they went so far as even to imagine a god so enamored of men as is our true God, Who, to show His love for His adorers, and to enrich them with graces, has worked such a prodigy of love as to become their constant companion, and to remain night and day concealed on their altars, seeming as if He knew not how to separate Himself from them, even for a moment: He has made His wondrous works to be remembered. (Ps. 110, 4.)
You, then, my most sweet Jesus, has been pleased to work the greatest of Your miracles in order to satisfy the excessive desire which You have to remain always near and present to us. Why, then, do men fly from Your presence? And how can they live for so long a time at a distance from You, or visit You so seldom? How is it that when in Your presence they get so weary that a quarter of an hour appears an age? O, patience of my Jesus, how great are You! Yes, my Lord, I understand You; Your patience is great, because the love You bear to men is great: and this it is which, so to say, forces You to dwell always in the midst of creatures so ungrateful.
Ah, my God, Who because You are infinite in perfections are also infinite in love, permit not that I should for the future be, as I have hitherto been, of the number of these ungrateful ones. Grant me a love equal to Your merits and to my own obligations. At one time I also was weary in Your presence, either because I loved You not, or because I loved You too little; but if by Your grace I am enabled to love You much, I shall no longer find it tedious to remain even for whole days and nights at Your feet in the Most Holy Sacrament. O Eternal Father, I offer You Your own Son Himself: accept Him for me, and through His merits give me so ardent and tender a love towards the Most Blessed Sacrament that, constantly turning towards some church in which Jesus dwells, I may think of, and desire with longing anxiety, the time when I may be able to go and enjoy myself in His presence.
Ejaculation. My God, for the love of Jesus, give me a great love for the Most Blessed Sacrament!
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
Mary is that tower of David, of which the Holy Ghost says in the sacred Canticles: It is built with bulwarks; a thousand bucklers hang upon it, all the armor of valiant men. (Cant. 4, 4.) A tower built with a thousand fortresses, and containing a thousand shields and weapons, for the benefit of those who have recourse to it. You are, then, according to an expression of St. Ignatius, the martyr, o most holy Mary, a most powerful defense for all those who are engaged in battle. Oh, how constantly are my enemies attacking me in order to deprive me of the grace of God and of your protection, my most dear Lady! But you are my strength. You, indeed, do not disdain to battle for those who trust in you; for St Ephrem calls you “the bulwark of all who confide in you.” Then, defend me and fight for me, who have such great hope and confidence in you.
Ejaculation. Mary, Mary, your name is my defense!
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.