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The Blessed Sacrament

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  1. A Prayer to Jesus in the Tabernacle
  2. Adoration Prayer
  3. Rite of Eucharistic Exposition and Benediction
  4. Spiritual Communion
  5. Meditation Before the Blessed Sacrament
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A Prayer to Jesus in the Tabernacle

O Divine Savior!
I thank Thee for having perpetuated Thy humble,
obedient, self-sacrificing and recollected silence
of Nazareth in the tabernacle.
How Thy example puts me to shame!
Forgive me for my bold, self-seeking,
and superficial talkativeness.
Teach me to understand the words:
"In silence and in hope shall your strength be." (Is.30,15)

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Adoration Prayer

My Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that You are really here in this Sacrament. Night and day You remain here compassionate and loving. You call, You wait for, You welcome everyone who comes to visit You. I thank You, Jesus my Divine Redeemer for coming upon the earth for our sake and for instituting the Adorable Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist in order to remain with us until the end of the world. I thank You for hiding beneath the Eucharistic species Your infinite majesty and beauty, which Your Angels delight to behold, so that I might have courage to approach the throne of Your mercy. I thank You dear Jesus, for having become the priceless Victim, to merit for me the fullness of heavenly favors. Awaken in me such confidence in You that their fullness may descend ever more fruitfully upon my soul. I thank You for offering Yourself in thanksgiving to God for all His benefits, spiritual and temporal which He has bestowed on me. Grant me grace and perseverance in your faithful service. Amen.

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RITE OF EUCHARISTIC EXPOSITION AND BENEDICTION

Opening Hymn

O Saving Victim/O Salutaris Hostia

O Saving Victim, opening wide
The gate of heav'n to us below!
Our foes press on from every side:
Your aid supply, Your strength bestow.

To Your great name be endless praise,
Immortal Godhead, One in Three;
O grant us endless length of days
When our true native land we see.

O Salutaris hostia
Quae caeli pandis ostium,
Bella praemunt hostilia:
Da robur, fer auxilium.

Uni trinoque Domino,
Sit sempiterna gloria,
Qui vitam sine termino
Nobis donet in patria.

After the hymn, either the Liturgy of the Hours may be prayed or the Gospel may be read. The following are suggested readings:

John 21:1-19
John 14:1-12
John 12:44-50
Matthew 5:13-16
Luke 11:5-13

The Homily then follows.

Silent Adoration

Observe a period of silence after the homily. Spend time with Jesus.

Hymn

Come Adore/Tantum Ergo

Down in adoration falling,
Lo! the sacred host we hail;
Lo! o'er ancient forms departing,
Newer rites of grace prevail,
Faith, for all defects supplying,
Where the feeble senses fail.

To the everlasting Father,
And the Son who reigns on high
With the Holy Spirit coming
Forth from each eternally,
Be salvation, honor, blessing,
Might and endless majesty.

Tantum ergo Sacramentum
Veneremur cernui:
Et antiquum documentum
Novo cedat ritui:
Praestet fides supplementum
Sensuum defectui.

Genitori, Genitoque
Laus et jubilatio,
Salus, honor, virtus quoque
Sit et benedictio:
Procedenti ab utroque
Compar sit laudatio. Amen.

by Saint Thomas Aquinas

Benediction

Lord Jesus Christ, You have given us t his sacrament in remembrance of Your suffering and death. May our worship of this sacrament of Your body and blood help us to experience the salvation You have won for us and the peace of the kingdom where you live with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.

The Presider takes the monstrance and in silence, makes the Sign of the Cross over those assembled. After the benediction with the sacrament, the Eucharist is immediately replaced in the tabernacle.

A final hymn may be sung, or the Canticle of Simeon or the Divine Praises may be recited as the Presider leaves the altar.

Canticle of Simeon

Now, Master, may You let Your servant go in peace, for my eyes have seen Your salvation, which You prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for Your people Israel. Glory to the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, both now and forever. Amen.

The Divine Praises

Blessed be God.
Blessed be God's holy name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be His most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His angels and in His saints.

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Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things, and desire to possess you within my soul. Since I cannot now receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. (PAUSE)
I embrace You as already there and unite myself wholly to You; never, never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.

Adoration Prayer

My Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that You are really here in this Sacrament.
Night and day You remain here compassionate and loving.
You call, You wait for, You welcome everyone who comes to visit You.
I thank You, Jesus my Divine Redeemer for coming upon the earth for our sake and for instituting the Adorable Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist in order to remain with us until the end of the world.
I thank You for hiding beneath the Eucharistic species Your infinite majesty and beauty, which Your Angels delight to behold, so that I might have courage to approach the throne of Your mercy.
I thank You dear Jesus, for having become the priceless Victim, to merit for me the fullness of heavenly favors.
Awaken in me such confidence in You that their fullness may descend ever more fruitfully upon my soul.
I thank You for offering Yourself in thanksgiving to God for all His benefits, spiritual and temporal which He has bestowed on me.
Grant me grace and perseverance in your faithful service. Amen.

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Meditation Before the Blessed Sacrament

JESUS: My child, you need not know much in order to please Me, only love Me dearly. Speak to Me as you would talk to your mother, if she had taken you in her arms. Have you no one to recommend to Me? Tell Me, the names of your relations, of your friends, after each name, add what you wish Me to do for them. As a great deal: I love generous hearts that forget themselves for others.

Tell me about the poor whom you want to help, the sick whom you have seen suffer, the sinner whom you would convert, the persons who are alienated from you, and whose affections you wish to win back. For all recite a fervent prayer. Remind Me that I have promised to grant every prayer that comes from he heart; and surely the prayers are heartfelt which we say for those whom we love, and who love us.

Have you no favors to ask for yourself? Write, if you like, a long list of all your wishes--all the needs of your soul--and come and read it to Me. Tell Me simply how self-indulgent you are, how proud, how touchy, how selfish, how cowardly, how idle; ask Me to help you to improve. Poor child! do not blush! There are in heaven many saints who had the same faults as you; they prayed to Me, and, little by little, they were cured.

Do not hesitate to ask for the goods of body and mind--for health, for memory, for success. I can give everything, and I always give when the gifts would make souls more holy. What do you want today, My child? Oh, if you knew how I long to do you good!

Have you no plans to interest you? Tell me all about them. Do they concern your vocation? What do you think of? What would you like? Are you planning some pleasure for your mother, for your family, for your guardian? What do you wish to do for them?

And have you no thoughts of zeal for Me? Are you not anxious to do a little good for the souls of your friends, for those whom you love, and who, perhaps, forget Me? Tell Me who interests you, what motives urge you, what means you wish to take.

Confide to Me your failures; I will show you the cause. Whom do you wish to see interested in your work? I am the Master of all hearts, My child and I lead them gently where I please. I will place about you those who are necessary to you, never fear!

Have you nothing to annoy you? My child, tell Me your annoyances, with every detail. Who has pained you? Who has wounded your self-love? Who has treated you contemptuously? Tell Me all, and then say that you forgive and forget, and I will give you My blessing.

Do you dread something painful? Is there in your soul a vague fear which seems unreasonable, and yet torments you? Trust fully in My providence. I am here. I see everything. I will not leave you.

Are there about you friends who seem less kind than formerly, who neglect you through indifference or forgetfulness, without you having consciously done anything to wound them? Pray for them, and I will restore them to you, if their companionship is good for you.

Have you no joys to tell Me? Why not confide in Me your pleasures? Tell Me what has happened since yesterday to console you, to make you look happy, to give you joy. An unexpected visit has done you good; a fear has been suddenly dispelled; you have met with unlooked-for success; you have received some mark of affection-a letter, a present; some trial has left you stronger than you supposed. All these things, My child, I obtained for you. Why are you not grateful? Why do you not say "I thank you"? Gratitude draws benefits, and the benefactor loves to be reminded of his bounty.

Have you no promises to make Me? You know I read the very bottom of your heart. Men are deceived, but not God; be frank.

Are you resolved to avoid the occasion of sin, to give up the object which leads you astray-not to read that book which excites your imagination; to withdraw your friendship from that person who is irreligious, and whose presence disturbs the peace of your soul? Will you go at once and be kind to that companion who annoyed you?

Well, My child, go now and resume your daily work. Be silent, be honest, be patient, be charitable, love very much the Blessed Mother of Jesus; and tomorrow bring Me a heart even more devoted and loving. Tomorrow I shall have new favors for you.

From An Hour with Jesus With Ecclesiastical Approval

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