Day 28

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

God, having given us His own Son, says St. Paul, what good thing is there that we can fear He might deny us! How can He fail to grant us also all things with Him? (Rom. 8, 32.) We know, indeed, that all that the Eternal Father has He has given to Jesus Christ: The Father had given Him all things into His hands. (John 13, 3.) Let us, then, ever thank the goodness, the mercy, the liberality of our most loving God, Who has been pleased to make us rich in all good things, and in every grace, by giving us Jesus in the Sacrament of the Altar: In everything you have been enriched in Him … that you lack no grace. (1 Cor. 1, 5.7 )

Therefore, O Savior of the world, O Incarnate Word, if I desire to possess You, I can consider You as mine, and all mine. But can I at the same time say that I am all Yours, as You desire? Ah, my Lord, prevent it; and never let the world witness such disorder and such ingratitude as that I should not be Yours when You desire me! Ah, no; let it never be! If it has been so hitherto, let it never be so again. I now, with the utmost determination, consecrate myself entirely to You; for time and eternity I consecrate to You my life, my will, my thoughts, my actions, my sufferings. Behold me all Yours, as a victim consecrated to You, I bid farewell to all creatures, and offer my whole self to You. Consume me with the flames of Your divine love. No, I am determined that creatures shall no longer share my heart. The proofs which You have given me of the love which You bear me, even at a time when I did not love You, make me hope that You certainly accept me, now that I love You, and out of love give myself to You.

Eternal Father, I now offer You all the virtues, the actions, the affections of the Heart of Your dear Jesus. Accept them, and by His merits, which are all mine – for He has given them to me – grant me the graces which Jesus asks You for me. With these merits I thank You for the many mercies which You have shown me; with these I satisfy for what I owe You for my sins; through these I hope for every grace from You – pardon, perseverance, paradise, and, above all, the crowning gift of Your pure love. I well see that to all these gifts I myself place impediments; but You also remedy this. I ask it of You in the name of Jesus Christ, Who has promised: If you ask the Father anything in My name, He will give it to you. (John 16, 23.) Then You cannot refuse me. Lord, my only desire is to love You, to give myself to You without reserve, and no longer to be ungrateful to You, as I have hitherto been. Behold me, and graciously hear me; grant that this may be the day of my entire conversion to You, so that I may never more cease to love You. I love You, my God! I love You, Infinite Goodness! I love You, my love, my paradise, my good, my life, my all!

Ejaculation. My Jesus, Who are all mine, You desire me, and I desire You.

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

What relief do I feel in my miseries, and what consolation in my tribulations, what strength do I not find in the midst of temptations, when I remember and call you to my aid, O my most sweet and most holy Mother Mary! Yes, indeed, you were right, O you saints, in calling my Lady “the haven of those who are in tribulation,” with St. Ephrem; “the repairer of our calamities,” and “the solace of the miserable,” with St. Bonaventure; and “the rest from our mourning,” with St. Germanus. My own Mary, console me. I see myself loaded with sins, and surrounded by enemies, without virtue, and cold in my love towards God. Comfort me, comfort me, and let my consolation be to begin a new life – a life which will be really pleasing to your Son and to you.

Ejaculation. Change me, O Mary my Mother; change me; you can do it.

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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