From the 'Catholic Family Prayer Book'
edited by Jacquelyn Lindsey
Many parishes and chapels have Eucharistic Adoration, either perpetual adoration around the clock or on certain days. During this devotion, the Sacred Host is taken from the tabernacle and placed in a monstrance so it can be seen and venerated by the faithful. Those partaking of this devotion may sit or kneel and silently pray or meditate before the Eucharist.
O Sacrament most holy, O Sacrament divine!
All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine!
Short Visit to the Blessed Sacrament
By Ven. John Henry Newman
I place myself in the presence of Him, in whose Incarnate Presence I am before I place myself there.
I adore You, O my Savior, present here as God and man, in soul and body, in true flesh and blood.
I acknowledge and confess that I kneel before the Sacred Humanity, which was conceived in Mary’s womb, and lay in Mary’s bosom; which grew up to man’s estate, and by the Sea of Galilee called the Twelve, wrought miracles, and spoke words of wisdom and peace; which in due season hung on the cross, lay in the tomb, rose from the dead, and now reigns in heaven.
I praise and bless, and give myself wholly to Him, Who is the true Bread of my soul, and my everlasting joy.
(Ven. John Henry Newman, 1801-1890, converted from the Anglican Church to become a Cardinal and contributed to the rebirth of the Catholic Church in England.)
Before the Blessed Sacrament
Prayer from the Fátima Children
O most Holy Trinity, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, I adore you profoundly. I offer you the most precious body, blood, soul and divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifferences by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of sinners.
(In 1917 Our Lady appeared to three children: ten-year-old Lucia dos Santos and her cousins, nine-year-old Bl. Francisco and seven-year-old Bl. Jacinta Marto at Fátima, Portugal.)
Prayer of St. Peter Julian Eymard
Oh! Yes, Lord Jesus, come and reign! Let my body be Your temple, my heart Your throne, my will Your devoted servant; let me be Yours forever, living only in You and for you!
(St. Peter Julian Eymard, 1811-1868, a French priest, founded the Blessed Sacrament Fathers and Brothers, dedicated to devotion of the Eucharist. Feast: August 3.)
Act When Visiting the Most Holy Sacrament
By St. Alphonsus Liguori
My Lord Jesus Christ, who, for the love you bear to mankind, do remain night and day in this Sacrament, full of pity and love, awaiting, calling, and receiving all who come to visit you; I believe that you are present in the Sacrament of the Altar; I adore you from the depths of my own nothingness; I thank you for the many graces you have given me, and especially for having given me yourself in this Sacrament; for having given me Mary your Mother as my advocate, and for having called me to visit you in this church.
(St. Alphonsus Liguori, 1696-1787, Italian bishop and founder of the Redemptorists, was proclaimed a doctor of the Church and is patron of confessors and moralists. Feast: August 1.)
Excerpt from Catholic Family Prayer Book, copyright © 2001 Our Sunday Visitor Publishing Division, Our Sunday Visitor, Inc. All rights reserved.