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Prayers Before the Most Blessed Sacrament

Celebrating, Worshiping, Contemplating

There is a particular need to cultivate a lively awareness of Christ's real presence, both in the celebration of Mass and in the worship of the Eucharist outside Mass. Care should be taken to show that awareness through tone of voice, gestures, posture, and bearing. In this regard, liturgical law recalls — and I myself have recently reaffirmed — the importance of moments of silence both in the celebration of Mass and in Eucharistic adoration. The way that the ministers and the faithful treat the Eucharist should be marked by profound respect. The presence of Jesus in the tabernacle must be a kind of magnetic pole attracting an ever greater number of souls enamoured of him, ready to wait patiently to hear his voice and as it were, to sense the beating of his heart. "O taste and see that the Lord is good!" (Ps 34:8)

During this year Eucharistic adoration outside Mass should become a particular commitment for individual parish and religious communities. Let us take the time to kneel before Jesus present in the Eucharist, in order to make reparation by our faith and love for the acts of carelessness and neglect, and even the insults, which our Saviour must endure in many parts of the world. Let us deepen through adoration our personal and communal contemplation, drawing upon aids to prayer inspired by the word of God and the experience of so many mystics, old and new. The Rosary itself, when it is profoundly understood in the biblical and christocentric form, which I recommended in the Apostolic Letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae, will prove a particularly fitting introduction to Eucharistic contemplation, a contemplation carried out with Mary as our companion and guide.

This year let us also celebrate with particular devotion the Solemnity of Corpus Christi , with its traditional procession. Our faith in the God who took flesh in order to become our companion along the way needs to be everywhere proclaimed, especially in our streets and homes, as an expression of our grateful love and as an inexhaustible source of blessings.

Apostolic Letter: Mane Nobiscum Domine
Pope John Paul II
October 7, 2004

Meaning of the Eucharist

Since it was the will of God's only-begotten Son that human beings should share in His Divinity, He assumed our nature in order that by becoming Human He might make humans gods. Moreover, when He took our flesh He dedicated the whole of its substance to our salvation.

He offered His Body to God the Father on the altar of the cross as a sacrifice for our reconciliation. He shed His Blood for our ransom and purification, so that we might be redeemed from our wretched state of bondage and cleansed from all sin.

But to ensure that the memory of so great a gift would abide with us for ever, He left His Body as food and His Blood as drink for the faithful to consume in the form of bread and wine.

O precious and wonderful banquet, that brings us salvation and contains all sweetness! Could anything be of more intrinsic value? Under the old law it was the flesh of calves and goats that was offered, but here Christ Himself, the true God, is set before us as our food. What could be more wonderful than this?

No other Sacrament has greater healing power; through it sins are purged away, virtues are increased, and the soul is enriched with an abundance of every spiritual gift. It is offered in the Church for the living and the dead, so that what was instituted for the salvation of all may benefit all.

Yet, in the end, no one can fully express the sweetness of this Sacrament, in which spiritual delight is tasted at its source, and in which we renew the memory of that surpassing love for us, which Christ revealed in His passion.

It was to impress the vastness of this love more firmly upon the hearts of the faithful that our Lord instituted this Sacrament at the Last Supper. As He was on the point of leaving the world to go to the Father, after celebrating the Passover with His disciples, He left it as a perpetual Memorial of His Passion.

It was the fulfillment of ancient figures and the greatest of all His miracles, while for those who were to experience the sorrow of His departure, it was destined to be a unique and abiding consolation.

St. Thomas Aquinas

O Sacrum Convivium

Saint Thomas Aquinas (1225-1274)

O sacrum convivium,
in quo Christus sumitur;
recolitur memoria passionis eius:
mens impletur gratia:
et futurae gloriae nobis pignus datur.

O sacred Banquet, wherein Christ is received; the memory of His Passion is renewed, the mind is filled with grace, and the pledge of future glory is given unto us.

Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within your wounds conceal me.
Do not permit me to be parted from you.
From the evil foe protect me.
At the hour of my death call me.
And bid me come to you,
to praise you with all your saints
for ever and ever.

Amen.

The Divine Praises

Blessed be God.
Blessed be His 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.

En Ego, O Bone et Dulcissime Lesu

Here, O good and gentle Jesus,
I kneel before you,
and with all the fervor of my soul
I pray that you engrave within my heart
lively sentiments of faith, hope, and love,
true repentance for my sins,
and a firm purpose of amendment.
While I see and I ponder your five wounds
with great affection and sorrow in my soul,
I have before my eyes those words of yours
that David prophesied about you:
"They have pierced my hands and feet;
I can count all my bones." (Ps 22, 17)

Amen.

Litany of the Most Precious Blood 

Lord, have mercyLord, have mercy
Christ, have mercyChrist, have mercy
Lord, have mercy

Lord, have mercy

God our Father in heaven

have mercy on us
God the Son, Redeemer of the worldhave mercy on us
God the Holy Spirithave mercy on us
Holy Trinity, one Godhave mercy on us
Blood of Christ, only Son of the Fatherbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, incarnate Wordbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, the new and eternal covenantbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, that spilled to the groundbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, dripping from the thornsbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, shed on the crossbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, the price of our redemptionbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, our only claim to pardonbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, our blessing cupbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, in which we are washedbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, torrent of mercybe our salvation
Blood of Christ, that overcomes evilbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, strength of the martyrsbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, endurance of the saintsbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, that makes the barren fruitfulbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, protection of the threatenedbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, comfort of the wearybe our salvation
Blood of Christ, solace of the mournerbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, hope of the repentantbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, consolation of the dyingbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, our peace and refreshmentbe our salvation
Blood of Christ, our pledge of lifebe our salvation
Blood of Christ, by which we pass to glorybe our salvation
Blood of Christ, most worthy of honorbe our salvation
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the worldhave mercy on us
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the worldhave mercy on us
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the worldhave mercy on us
Lord, you redeemed us by your bloodYou have made us
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