To the Blessed Sacrament

Say the preliminary prayer,  MY LORD JESUS CHRIST, etc.

Rejoice, and praise, O thou  habitation of Sion; for great is He that is in the midst of thee, the Holy One of Israel. [Isa. xii. 6]

 O God, and what joy ought not we men to conceive, what hopes and what affections, in knowing that in the midst of our land, in our churches, near our houses, the Holy of holies, the true God, dwells and lives in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar! He who by His Presence alone renders the Saints in Heaven blessed! He Who is love itself. "It is not so much that He has love, as that He is love itself," [In Cant. s. 59] says St. Bernard. This Sacrament is not only a Sacrament of love, but is love itself; it is God Himself, Who, for the immense love which He bears His creatures, calls Himself, and is, love itself: God is love. [1 John, iv. 16]

But I hear Thee complain, O my Sacramental Jesus: I was a stranger, and you took Me not in; [Matt. xxv. 43] that Thou camest on earth to be our guest for our good, and that we have not welcomed Thee. Thou art right, Lord, Thou art right, and I am one of these ungrateful creatures who have left Thee alone, without even visiting Thee. Chastise me as Thou pleasest; but not by depriving me of Thy Presence, which is the chastisement I deserve: no, I will repair my fault, and the indignities which I have heaped upon Thee. From this day forward I will not only visit Thee often, but will remain with Thee for as long a time as I can. O most compassionate Saviour, be pleased to make me faithful to Thee; and grant that I may also, by my example, excite others to keep Thee company in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I hear the Eternal Father, Who says: This is My beloved Son: in Whom I am well pleased. [Matt. iii. 17] A God, then, finds all His complacency in Thee; and shall not I, a miserable worm, find mine in dwelling with Thee in this valley of tears! O consuming fire, destroy in me all affections for earthly things; for they alone can render me unfaithful, and take me away from Thee. Thou canst do so, if Thou wilt: Lord, if Thou wilt, Thou canst make me clean. [Matt. viii. 2] Thou hast already done so much for me, do this also: banish from my heart all love which does not tend towards Thee. Behold, I give myself all to Thee: I now dedicate the whole remainder of my life to the love of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Thou, O Sacramental Jesus, hast to be my comfort, my love in life, and at the hour of my death, when Thou wilt come to be my Viaticum and my guide to Thy blessed kingdom. Amen, amen. So do I hope; so may it be!

Ejaculatory prayer. When, O my Jesus, shall I behold Thy beautiful face!

Then follows the SPIRITUAL COMMUNION, after which the visit should be paid to the ever-blessed Mary, the Mother of God before her image:

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