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night in this Sacrament, full of mercy and of love, inviting, expecting, receiving all those who come to visit thee. I believe that thou art present in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. I adore thee, confessing my own misery and nothingness, and I thank thee for all the mercies which thou hast bestowed upon me, especially for having given me thyself in this Sacrament, for having given me thy most holy Mother Mary for my advocate, and for having called me to visit thee at this time. I salute thy most loving heart, and I desire to do so for three ends: I. In thanksgiving for this great gift; 2. To atone for all the injuries thou hast received from thy enemies in this Sacrament; 3. To adore thee in all places in which thou art least honoured and most neglected in the Holy Sacrament. O my Jesus. I love thee with all my heart; I am sorry for having hitherto displeased thy infinite goodness: I resolve, with the assistance of thy grace, never more to offend thee; and at this moment, miserable as I am, I desire to consecrate my whole being to thee. I give thee my will, my affections, my desires, and all that I have. From this day forward do with me, and whatever belongs to me, what thou pleasest; I ask and desire only thy love, the gift of final perseverance, and the perfect accomplishment of thy holy will. I recommend to thee the souls in purgatory, particularly those who were most devout to the Blessed Sacrament and to holy Mary; and I recommend to thee all poor sinners. Finally, my dear Saviour, I unite all my affections with those of thy most loving heart; and thus united, I offer
them to thy eternal Father, and I beseech him in thy name, and for thy sake, to accept them. Amen.
An Act of Spiritual Communion.
I BELIEVE in thee, O my Jesus, present in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar; I love thee above all things; and I desire to receive thee into my soul. Since I cannot now receive thee sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace thee, and I unite myself to thee, as if thou wast already there. Oh, permit me not ever to be separated from thee! O Lord Jesus Christ, let the sweet and consuming force of thy love absorb my whole soul, that I may die for the love of thee, who wast pleased to die for the love of me.
O Lord Jesus Christ, true God and man, I humbly adore and invoke thee, here present in the verity of thy flesh and blood, thy body and soul. Would that I could truly contemplate and know thee, that I could love, praise, and glorify thee, even as do the thousands of holy angels who contemplate thee with the highest joy, who know thee, love, praise, and glorify thee perfectly without weariness or interruption. All creatures justly celebrate with praise and thanksgiving that ardent love of thine by which thou didst offer thy innocent and precious body upon the altar of the cross, and didst so lovingly, so graciously, so affectionately leave us in this Holy Sacrament the same Body, living and immortal, as a remembrance of thy departure, and as a pledge of thine infinite love.
Thou, therefore, O Lamb of God, who takest
away the sins of the world, have mercy upon us, and give us peace; and so refresh our souls continually with this spiritual food, that we may never, in life or death, be separated from thee and from thy infinite mercy.
Grant me thy grace, O thou who hast given me so plenteous a treasure, even thyself, the Author of grace, in this Sacrament! For what goods shall fail to fall upon him to whom the very Author of good deigns to come as a guest. When thou didst enter into the house of Zaccheus, thou saidst, "This day is salvation come to this house." Oh, say to my soul, I beseech thee, O Lord, "I am thy salvation!" Amen.
Act of Adoration before the Most Blessed Sacrament.
O JESUS, my Saviour and my God, humbly prostrate before thee, I adore thee with all the powers of my soul, and I consecrate my entire being to thee.
May all hearts know thee, love thee, and reverence thee in this sacrament of thy love, and may all creatures bow down before thee, my Lord and my God. By this act of adoration I desire to make reparation for all the insults, neglects, and irreverences offered to thy divine majesty, veiled for love of us in this most adorable sacrament.
Have mercy, O Jesus, on all heretics, infidels, schismatics, and idolaters, and bring them into the one true fold.
In thy loving mercy convert the Jews, that prostrating themselves before thee in this divine sacrament, they may acknowledge thee to be their King and their God.
Pour down thy choicest blessings, O Lord, on our Sovereign Pontiff, and rejoice thy Church by the speedy proclamation of universal peace, that, resting in the bosom of unity, our strength against the enemy may be perfected in charity. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Prayer for Union with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
O MY most sweet Jesus, I desire to unite my life to thine; and I pray of thee to be my life, and to live in me. I offer thee, O my sweet Jesus, my life in union with thy life, my thoughts in union with thy thoughts, my words in union with thy words, my actions in union with thy actions, my movements in union with thy move
In the name of the Father, &c.
OPEN our our hearts from all
PEN thou our mouths, O Lord, to bless thy
vain, evil, and distracting thoughts; enlighten our understandings and inflame our wills, that we may worthily perform this holy exercise with attention and devotion, and may deserve to be heard in the presence of thy divine Majesty. Who with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth God, world without end. Amen.