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
Behold, I am with you all days, even unto the consummation of the world. (Matt. 28, 20.)
Thus our loving Shepherd, who has given His life for us who are His sheep, would not separate Himself from us by death. Behold me, He says, beloved sheep; I am always with you; for you I have remained on earth in this Sacrament; here you find Me whenever you please, to help and console you by my presence: I will not leave you until the end of the world, as long as you are on earth. The Bridegroom, says St. Peter of Alcantara, wished to leave his bride company, that she might not remain alone during so long an absence; and therefore He left this Sacrament, in which He Himself, the best companion He could leave her, remains.
My sweetest Lord, my most amiable Savior, I am now visiting You on this altar; but You return me the visit with far other love when You enter my soul in the Holy Communion. You are then not only present to me, but You become my food; You unite and give Your whole self to me, so that I can then say with truth, My Jesus, You are now all mine. Since, then, You give Yourself all to me, it is reasonable that I should give myself all to You. I am a worm, and You are God. O God of love! O love of my soul! When shall I find myself all Yours, in deeds, and not only in words? You can do this; by the merits of Your blood increase my confidence, that I may at once obtain this grace of You, that I may find myself all Yours, and in nothing mine own. You graciously hear, O Lord, the prayers of all; hear now the prayers of a soul that indeed desires really to love You. I desire to love You with all my strength, I desire to obey You in all that You will, without self interest, without consolations, without reward. I wish to serve You through love, only to please You, only to content Your heart, which is so passionately enamored of me. My reward will be to love You. O beloved Son of the Eternal Father, take possession of my liberty, of my will, of all that I possess, and of my entire self, and give me Yourself. I love You, I seek after You, I sigh after You; I desire You, I desire You, I desire You!
Ejaculation. My Jesus, make me all Your own!
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
O our own most amiable Lady, the whole Church proclaims and salutes you as “our hope”! You, then, who are the hope of all, be also my hope. St Bernard called you “the whole ground of his hope,” and said: “Let him who despairs hope in you.” Thus also will I address you: My own Mary, you save even those who are in despair; in you I place all my hope.
Ejaculation. Mary, Mother of God, pray to Jesus for me.
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.