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A PREPARATION FOR HOLY COMMUNION

A PREPARATION FOR HOLY COMMUNION

Dearest Jesus, all thy creatures are more worthy of thy grace

Than the vile and wretched sinner who now kneels before thy Face.

Yet one claim I have upon thee, which thou never wilt deny:

In the bounds of thy creation, no one needs thee more than I!

 

Other souls have been more faithful, and have served thee better far,

Many spotless hearts more fitting for thy gracious Presence are,

Many lips devout a greeting far more fervent can supply,

But, dear Master, well thou knowest: no one needs thee more than I.

 

Many loving hands have carried richer offerings to thy Shrine,

Many generous hearts have loved thee with a purer love than mine;

These thy chosen ones approach thee, as the doves to covert fly,

I am utterly unworthy, but none need thee more than I!

 

Sins unnumbered, unatoned for, have made havoc in my soul,

And against me stands, as witness, the Recording Angel’s roll;

All untilled has been my vineyard, and its soil is hard and dry,

O my God, my only refuge, no one needs thee more than I!

 

For without thee I am helpless, fast in sin’s strong fetters caught.

Blinded by my evil passions, swayed by impulses untaught:

I could do no good unaided, it were worse than vain to try;

Come thyself to me, sweet Jesus! no one needs thee more than I!

 

Thou didst leave thy Father’s bosom, to reclaim and save the lost,

Thou didst take upon thee freely our redemption’s awful cost,

Thou thyself hast called me to thee, thou wilt hearken to my cry,

In the bounds of thy creation, no one needs thee more than I!

– St Anthony’s Treasury, Laverty&Sons, Leeds, 1916

 

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O LOVING JESUS, CONCEALED UNDER THE FORM OF BREAD

O LOVING JESUS, CONCEALED UNDER THE FORM OF BREAD

ACT OF LOVE BEFORE HOLY COMMUNION 

O loving Jesus, concealed under the form of bread, thou art my hope, and thou art also my love; for how great, how unconquerable must have been thy love to induce thee, the Son of the Most High, the object of the adoration of Heaven, to descend from thy throne of eternal glory to this miserable earth to dwell among us and become our very own?

It did not satisfy thy love to remain as man among us for a few passing years: thou wouldst always remain with us. Thou wast not satisfied to shed thy Blood once for us in terrible suffering on the cross; thou wouldst have the sublime sacrifice daily offered for us. O love of my Saviour, unfathomable abyss, what must be the perversion and hardness of heart that cannot love thee in return! I love thee, my Jesus; at least I desire to love thee as fervently as thou meritest to be loved.

Inflame my cold heart with thy love and let thy holy fire never be extinguished; let this love be stronger in me than death; nothing henceforth shall separate me from thy love, O Jesus; neither life nor death, neither the world nor the flesh, neither affliction nor distress. In this love will I persevere to my last hour, and be thine, O Jesus, forever.

– St Anthony’s Treasury, Laverty & Sons Ltd., Leeds, 1916

 

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PRAYER TO OUR LADY BEFORE HOLY COMMUNION

PRAYER TO OUR LADY BEFORE HOLY COMMUNION

O Mary, rich in grace, Virgin conceived without original stain, and worthy Mother of God, Who preserved thee from all sin to find in thee a purity worthy of His dwelling, I also now receive into my heart my Lord and my God, the Lover of purity, to Whom all sin is an abomination. I wish with my whole heart that my soul were as free from sin and as pure as thine, that God might find it an abode fitting His Majesty. But alas, I am full of evil inclinations and infidelities to grace.

Therefore I cast myself before thee, O Immaculate Queen of Heaven, and humbly be thee, through the mystery of thine Immaculate Conception, to purify my soul, to cover its faults with the perfection of thy purity, and to sustain me in the Communion I am about to receive. Beg thy Divine Son to deign to visit me. He enriched thee so abundantly with His gifts that the heavenly messenger proclaimed thee ‘full of grace’; beg Him to pour His treasures so abundantly upon me in this Communion that I also may be full of grace. Amen.

– St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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PRAYER TO THE EUCHARISTIC HEART

PRAYER TO THE EUCHARISTIC HEART

O Eucharistic Heart, O Sovereign love of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hast instituted the august Sacrament in order to dwell here below in our midst, in order to give to our souls thy Flesh as food, and thy Blood as drink; we believe firmly, Lord Jesus, in that supreme Love which has caused thee to institute the Most Holy Eucharist.

Here before this Victim, it is just that we should adore this Love, that we should acknowledge and exalt it as the life-giving centre of thy Church. This Love urges us to approach thee. Thou seemest to say to us: “Behold how I love you! In giving you My Flesh to eat and My Blood to drink, I desire by this close relation to awaken your love and to unite you to Myself. I wish to effect the transformation of your souls into that of your crucified Saviour, Who is the Bread of eternal life. Give me then your hearts, have life by living in Me, and you will live in God.”

We recognise, O Lord, that such is the call of thine Eucharistic Heart. We thank thee, and we are ready – yes, we will respond to it. Grant us the grace that we may be fully penetrated with thy sovereign Love, by which, on the eve of thy Passion, thou didst invite us to partake and to eat of thy Sacred Body. Imprint deeply in our inmost souls the firm resolve to respond faithfully to this invitation. Grant us the devotion and reverence necessary to honour and receive worthily the gift of thine Eucharistic Heart, bestowed as a last mark of thy Love.

May we thus be enabled by thy grace to celebrate effectually the remembrance of thy Passion, to repair our offences and coldness, to nourish and increase our love for thee, and to keep for ever alive in our hearts the seed of a blessed immortality. Amen.

[Three hundred days Indulgence every time when recited before the Blessed Sacrament exposed. A Plenary Indulgence if recited once a day for an entire month, together with at least half an hour spent in adoration once a week before the Blessed Sacrament under the usual condition of Confession and Communion. These Indulgences are applicable to the souls in Purgatory. (Rescript June, 1902.)]

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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INDULGENCES FOR ACCOMPANYING THE BLESSED SACRAMENT TO THE SICK

INDULGENCES FOR ACCOMPANYING THE BLESSED SACRAMENT TO THE SICK

INDULGENCES FOR ACCOMPANYING THE BLESSED SACRAMENT TO THE SICK

1. 7 years and 7 quarantines to all who accompany the Most Blessed Sacrament with lights and pray for the Pope’s intentions.

2. 5 years and 5 quarantines to those who accompany It without a light, praying as above.

3. 3 years and 3 quarantines to those who, being legitimately hindered from going themselves, send someone in their stead to carry a light.

4. 100 days to those who cannot go themselves, provided they say one Pater and one Ave for the intention of the Pope when they see the Most Blessed Sacrament carried to the sick. – [Innocent XII., Jan.5th,1695]

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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THOU HAST PREPARED THY HOLY TABLE IN THE SIGHT OF MY SPIRITUAL ENEMIES

THOU HAST PREPARED THY HOLY TABLE IN THE SIGHT OF MY SPIRITUAL ENEMIES

ACT OF HOPE BEFORE HOLY COMMUNION

Jesus, my Lord and my God, Whom I behold with eyes of faith in the Sacrament of the Altar, what may I not hope from thee! Thou art the Almighty who canst ever succour us; thou art our all-loving and merciful God Who wilt gladly help us, Whose delight is to dispense grace and blessing.

Thou knockest at the door of our hearts yearning to enter and lavish upon us the fulness of thy grace. What canst thou withhold, O my loving Redeemer, when thou givest me thyself with all that thou art and all that thou hast? Thou art my refuge, my hope, my salvation, my life, my beatitude!

Thou hast promised refreshment to all who are weary and heavy burdened; thou hast the words of eternal life, and thou wilt fulfil these words in me. Thou hast prepared this holy table against all that afflicts me, against all the enemies of my salvation; I hope, therefore, to be strengthened at thy table for the struggle against the world, the flesh, and the devil.

Thou hast given me this food as the pledge of immortality; through it I hope for eternal life. Bless, O Lord, all that hope in thee. Increase my hope and let it not be in vain.

– St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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I FIRMLY BELIEVE WITH MY HEART AND CONFESS WITH MY LIPS…

I FIRMLY BELIEVE WITH MY HEART AND CONFESS WITH MY LIPS…

PRAYERS BEFORE HOLY COMMUNION

ACT OF FAITH

I firmly believe with my heart and confess with my lips that thou, my loving Jesus, equal to the Father in power and majesty, art really and truly present in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar, and, with thy Divinity and thy Humanity, abidest for me in this sanctuary.

Thou who didst weep as an infant in the crib, Who wast offered a Victim for me on the Cross. Who sittest as my intercessor at the right hand of the Father, Who wilt come as my Judge in the clouds of heaven – dwellest a hidden God in the narrow limits of the tabernacle and concealest under the humble form of bread.

Thy Flesh and thy Blood, thy Body and thy Soul, thy Divinity and thy glorified Humanity, thy splendour and thy boundless Majesty, I believe this on the authority of thy word as firmly as if I saw it with my eyes. Animated by this faith, I cast myself before thee, and adore thee as my Creator, my Redeemer, my greatest Good. In this faith will I live and die; quicken and increase this virtue in me.

 

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ANCIENT IRISH PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

ANCIENT IRISH PRAYER AFTER COMMUNION

O God of charity without limit, and of mercy without measure, it was thy love that induced thee to come to me. I give thee my body as a temple, my will as sacrifice, my heart as an altar, my soul as a pyx.

O Lord, merciful Redeemer of heaven, O noble, lowly Infant, keep me in thy peace. Give me a dwelling in thy heart. Dissolve me in the fragrance of thy charity, strengthen me with thy love, receive me through thy death. O Lord, make me entirely pleasing to thee through the fruits of thy Sacred Heart. Amen.

Blessed be the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament!

[300 days’ Indulgence, each time – Pius X, 12th June, 1905.]

– St Anthony’s Treasury, Laverty & Sons, Leeds, 1916

 

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PRAYER TO OUR LORD AFTER COMMUNION

PRAYER TO OUR LORD AFTER COMMUNION

Dearest Jesus, suffer not my tongue, which has been and is so often purpled with thy Precious Blood, to speak well of myself or ill of others, so that no uncharitable word may be recorded in the “Book of Life” on the day of Judgment. Accept all the victories I gain over my tongue as a preparation for my next Communion.

– St Anthony’s Treasury, Laverty & Sons, Leeds, 1916

 

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THE CHILD OF MARY GIVES THOSE OUTSIDE THE FOLD A GLIMPSE OF THE TREASURES WITHIN

THE CHILD OF MARY GIVES THOSE OUTSIDE THE FOLD A GLIMPSE OF THE TREASURES WITHIN

Previous  chapter: IN OUR OWN AGE, THE CALL TO SANCTITY IS MORE IMPERATIVE THAN EVER

HOLINESS THROUGH MARY

At every Mass [the soldier of Mary] assists, if possible, he will receive Holy Communion, knowing that this partaking, with the priest, in the Flesh of the Infinite Victim, is essential if he wishes to gather the fruit of the Sacrifice in all its fullness. The Mystical Body of Christ is starving because so few of its members are nourished with the Divine Bread; the Mother of that Body is filled with anguish at the contemplation of Her Babe thus suffering. The members, inspired by Mary’s spirit and sharing the anguish of Her Immaculate Heart, will avail themselves of every avenue of apostolic action to arouse love of the Blessed Sacrament and banish sin. Each Communion brought about is a gain that cannot be measured according to human standards.

Each Communion is a gain that cannot be measured according to human standards

The Child of Mary shows his love of the Blessed Sacrament by striving to receive Holy Communion often, thus giving to those outside the Fold a glimpse of the infinite Treasures that are within. Through his own devotion, he becomes supernaturally convinced of the full significance of the Real Presence as the continuation of the earthly life of the God-Man [our Lord Jesus Christ], drawing Him in actual fact out of the dim past of history and bringing Him, as He is, whole and entire, into the sphere of this present life. Thus convinced, he makes every effort to pass on that conviction to those who have it not. He tries to make them realise that, through the miracle of the Eucharist, they are able to touch Jesus, talk to Him, contemplate Him, and busy themselves about His real self even more truly, more intimately and more closely than could His dear friends at Bethany.

– Excerpts from “Holiness Through Mary” by Fr Francis Ripley, copied from a pamphlet by the Universal Rosary Association. For the Association’s details, please visit the link above (Part I)

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2016 in Prayers to Our Lady

 

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