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
Oh, how beautiful a sight was it to behold our sweet Redeemer on that day when, fatigued by His journey, He sat down, all engaging and loving, beside the well to await the Samaritan woman, that He might convert and save her! “Jesus, therefore … was sitting at the well. (John 4: 6). It is precisely thus that this same Lord seems sweetly to dwell with us all the day long, having come down from Heaven upon our altars, which are as so many fountains of graces, whereat He waits and invites souls to keep Him company, at least for awhile, that He may thus draw them to His perfect love. From every altar on which Jesus remains in the Most Holy Sacrament He seems to address all, saying: O men! why do you not draw near to Me, Who love you so much, and who remain thus annihilated for your sake? Why do you fear? I am not now come on earth to sit in judgment, but I have hid Myself in this Sacrament of love only to be good, and to save all who have recourse to Me: I have not come to judge the world, hut to save the world. (John 12, 47.)
Let us, then, understand, that as Jesus Christ, in heaven lives always to make intercession for them, so in the Sacrament of the Altar He is continually, night and day, exercising the compassionate office of advocate; offering Himself as a victim for us to the Eternal Father, thus to obtain for us His mercy and innumerable graces. Therefore the devout Thomas a’ Kempis says that we ought to approach Jesus to converse with Him in the Blessed Sacrament without fear of chastisement, and unrestrained, as to a beloved friend, “as one who loves, speaks to his beloved, as a friend to a friend.”
Since, then, You thus give me permission, let me, O my hidden King and Lord, now open my heart to You with confidence, and say: O my Jesus! O enamored of souls, I well know the injustice that men do You. You love them, and are not beloved by them; You do good, and receive contempt; You desire to make them hear Your voice, and they give You no ear; You offer them Your graces, and they refuse them. Ah, my Jesus! and is it true that I also at one time joined these ungrateful creatures in thus displeasing You? O God, it is but too true? But I am determined to amend, and to endeavor during the time that I still have to live, to make up for the displeasure which I have caused You, by doing all that I possibly can to please You and to give You pleasure. Tell me, Lord, what You ask of me, I will execute all without any reserve: make known Your will to me by the means of holy obedience, and I hope to accomplish it. My God, I now resolutely promise You that I will never, from this day forward, omit what I know to be the more pleasing to You, even were it to cost me the loss of all – parents, friends, esteem, health, yea life itself. Let all perish, provided You are pleased. Happy loss, indeed, when all is lost and sacrificed to satisfy Your Heart, O God of my soul! I love You, O sovereign good, worthy of love above every other good; and in loving You I unite my poor heart to all the hearts with which the Seraphim love You; I unite it to the heart of Mary, to the Heart of Jesus. I love You, and You alone will I always love.
Ejaculation. My God, my God! I am Yours, and You are mine!
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
Blessed Amadeus says that our most blessed Queen Mary is always in the divine presence, acting as our advocate, and interposing with God by her prayers, which are most powerful: “The most blessed Virgin stands before the face of her Creator, interceding with her most powerful prayers for us.” For, he adds, “she well sees our miseries and our dangers, and as our most clement and sweet Lady compassionates and helps us with a mother’s love.”
You, my advocate and my most loving Mother, you even now see the miseries of my soul; you see my dangers and pray for me. Pray, pray, and cease not to pray, until you see me saved and thanking you in heaven. The devout Blosius tells me that you, O most sweet Mary, are, after Jesus, the certain salvation of those who are your faithful servants. Ah! this grace I now ask you: grant me the happy lot of being your faithful servant until death: that after death I may go to bless you in heaven, where I shall be certain never more, as long as God is God, to leave your sacred feet.
Ejaculation. O Mary, my Mother, grant that I may be ever yours.
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.