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
Where your treasure is, there also will your heart he. (Luke 12, 34.)
Jesus Christ says, that where a person esteems his treasure to be, there also he keeps his affections. Therefore the saints, who neither esteem nor love any other treasure than Jesus Christ, center their hearts and all their love in the Most Blessed Sacrament.
My most amiable Jesus, hidden under the sacramental veils, Who for the love which You bear me remain night and day imprisoned in this tabernacle, draw, I beseech You, my whole heart to You, that I may think of none but You, that I may love and seek and hope for You alone. Do this by the merits of Your Passion, through which I seek and hope for it.
Ah, my sacramental Lord and divine Lover, how amiable and tender are the inventions of Your love to gain the love of souls! O Eternal Word, You, in becoming man, was not satisfied with dying for us; You have also given us this sacrament as a companion, as food, and as a pledge of heaven. You reduce Yourself so as to appear among us, at one time as an infant in a stable, at another as a poor man in a workshop, then as a criminal on a gibbet, and now as bread on an altar. Tell me, could You invent other means to win our love?
O Infinite Goodness, when shall I really begin to correspond with such refinements of love? Lord, I will only live to love You alone. And of what use is life to me, if I do not spend it wholly in loving and pleasing You, my beloved Redeemer, who have poured out Your whole life for me? And what have I to love if it is not You, who are all beauty, all condescension, all goodness, all loving, all worthy of love? May I live only to love You; may the sole remembrance of Your love dissolve my soul with love; may the very names of crib, and cross, and sacrament inflame it with the desire to do great things for You, O my Jesus, who has indeed done and suffered great things for me!
Ejaculation. Grant, my Lord, that before I die I may do something for You!
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 a fair olive tree in the plain. (Ecclus. 24, 19.) I am, says Mary, the beautiful olive tree from which the oil of mercy always flows. And I stand in the plain that all may see me, and that all may have recourse to me. “Remember (let us say in the words of the prayer of St. Bernard), O most compassionate Mary, that it has never been heard of in any age, that anyone having recourse to your protection was abandoned by you.” Most merciful Queen, such a thing was never heard of, that anyone having recourse to your aid was abandoned: I will not be the first unfortunate creature who, having recourse to you, was abandoned.
Ejaculation. O Mary, grant me the grace always to have recourse to you!
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.