Prayer Before the Most Blessed Sacrament, of Saint Alphonsus de Liguori
My Lord Jesus Christ,
who for the love Thou bearest mankind,
dost remain night and day in this Sacrament,
all full of tenderness and love, expecting,
inviting and receiving all those who come to visit Thee;
I believe that Thou art present in the Sacrament of the altar;
I adore Thee from the depths of my own nothingness
and thank Thee for all the favours Thou hast bestowed upon me;
and especially for having given me Thyself in this Sacrament,
and Thy most holy Mother Mary as my advocate;
and for having called me to visit Thee in this church.
I pay my homage this day to Thy most loving Heart
and this I intend to do for three intentions:
first, in thanksgiving for this great gift;
secondly, in reparation for all the insults
Thou hast received from Thine enemies in this Sacrament;
thirdly, by this visit I intend to adore Thee
in all places upon the earth,
where Thou art least adored and most neglected in Thy Sacrament.
My Jesus, l love Thee with my whole heart.
I repent of having in the past so many times
displeased Thine infinite goodness.
I purpose with the help of Thy grace
never more to offend Thee in the future;
and at this moment, wretched as I am,
I consecrate myself wholly to Thee.
I give to Thee and utterly renounce my entire will,
all my affections,
all my desires,
and all that I possess.
From this day forth do with me
and with all that is mine
whatever is pleasing in Thy sight.
I ask and desire only Thy holy love,
final perseverance and the perfect fulfilment of Thy will.
I commend to Thee the souls in purgatory,
especially those who were most devoted
to this Blessed Sacrament and to Blessed Mary;
I commend to Thee in like manner 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 Thine eternal Father,
and I pray Him in Thy name graciously to accept
and answer them for love of Thee.