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Here the Benediction is given with the Blessed Sacrament, all bowing down in profound adoration, and beseeching his blessing on themselves, and on the whole Church, and upon the world.

Adoremus in æternum Sanctissimum Sacramen

May we for ever adore the Most Holy Sacrament.


The Blessed Sacrament.

Adoro te devote, latens Deitas, Quæ sub his figuris vere latitas; Tibi se cor meum totum subjicit, [ficit. Quia te contemplans totum deAve Jesu, Pastor fidelium; Adauge fidem omnium in te credentium.

O Godhead hid, devoutly I adore thee,

Who truly art within the forms before me;

To thee my heart I bow with bended knee,

As failing quite in contemplating Thee.

Visus, gustus, tactus, in te fal- Sight, touch, and taste in thee


Sed auditu solo tuto creditur. Credo quidquid dixit Dei Filius; Nil hoc verbo veritatis verius. Ave Jesu, Pastor fidelium; Adauge fidem omnium in te credentium.

In cruce latebat sola Deitas, At hic latet simul et Humanitas: Ambo tamen credens atque confitens, [tens. Peto quod petivit latro pœniAve Jesu, Pastor fidelium; Adauge fidem omnium in te credentium.

Plagas, sicut Thomas, non in


Deum tamen meum te confiteor. Fac me tibi semper magis credere,

In te spem habere, te diligere. Ave Jesu, Pastor fidelium; Adauge fidem omnium in te credentium.

O memoriale mortis Domini! Panis vivus, vitam præstans homini!

Præsta meæ menti de te vivere, Et te illi semper dulce sapere. Ave Jesu, Pastor fidelium; Adauge fidem omnium in te credentium.

Pie Pelicane, Jesu Domine, Me immundum munda tuo sanguine,

are each deceived;

The ear alone most safely is believed:

I believe all the Son of God has spoken, Than truth's own word there is no truer token.

God only, on the cross lay hid from view;

But here lies hid at once the manhood too:

And I, in both professing my belief,

Make the same prayer as the repentant thief.

Thy wounds, as Thomas saw, I do not see:

Yet thee confess my Lord and God to be:

Make me believe thee ever more and more;

In thee my hope, in thee my love to store.

O thou memorial of our Lord's own dying!

O living bread, to mortals life supplying!

Make thou my soul henceforth

on thee to live; Ever a taste of heavenly sweetness give.

O loving Pelican! O Jesu Lord! Unclean I am, but cleanse me in thy blood!

Cujus una stilla salvum facere Totum mundum quit ab omni scelere.

Ave Jesu, Pastor fidelium; Adauge fidem omnium in te credentium.

Jesu, quem velatum nunc as-

Oro, fiat illud, quod tam sitio,
Ut, te revelata cernens facie,
Visu sim beatus tuæ gloriæ.
Ave Jesu, Pastor fidelium;
Adauge fidem omnium in te

Of which a single drop, for sinners spilt,

Can purge the entire world from all its guilt.

Jesu! whom for the present veil'd I see,

What I so thirst for, O, vouchsafe to me:

That I may see thy countenance unfolding,

And may be blest thy glory in beholding.

(The following is usually sung after every stanza.)
Jesu, eternal Shepherd! hear our cry;
Increase the faith of all whose souls on thee rely.

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A Prayer for the Benediction of the Most Holy

O divine Redeemer of our souls, who of thy great goodness hast been pleased to leave us thy precious body and blood in the blessed Sacrament of the Altar, I adore thee with the most profound reverence. I humbly thank thee for all the favours thou hast bestowed upon us, especially for the institution of this most holy Sacrament. And as thou art the source of every blessing, I entreat thee to pour down thy benediction this day upon us, and upon all those for whom we offer up our prayers. And that nothing may interrupt the course of thy blessing, I beseech thee to banish from my heart all that displeases thee: pardon me my sins, O my God, since I sincerely detest them for love of thee; purify my heart, sanctify my soul, bestow on me a blessing like that which thou didst grant to thy disciples at thy ascension into heaven; grant me a blessing that may change, consecrate, and unite me perfectly to thee, and may fill me with thy Spirit, and be to me in this life a foretaste of those blessings which thou reservest for thy elect in heaven. All this I beg in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, Amen.

Acts to be made at the beginning of each Visit to the Most Holy Sacrament.

My Lord Jesus Christ, who for the love which thou bearest to men dost remain day and night in this Saciament, full of mercy and of love, inviting, expecting, receiving all them 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 thysel. in this Sacrament, for having given me thy most holy Mother Mary for my advocate, and for having called n to visit thee at this time. I salute thy most loving heart, and I desire to do so for three ends: 1, 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 ti offend thee; and at this moment, miserable as 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. O, O Lord permit me not ever to be separated from thee!

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