Prayers: General prayers
- Spiritual Communion: http://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=35
- Contrition before Communion: http://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=953
- Contrition, hope, confidence: http://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=956
- Humility after Communion: http://www.catholic.org/prayers/prayer.php?p=1009
Meditation on the Eucharist: The Sacred Vine (St Clement of Alexandria)
The sacred vine produced the prophetic cluster. The great cluster, the Word, was bruised for us. For the blood of the grape - that is, the Word - wanted to be mixed with water, as His blood is mingled with Salvation.
And the blood of the Lord is twofold. For there is the blood of His flesh, by which we are redeemed from corruption; and there is the blood that is spiritual, by which we are anointed. To drink the blood of Jesus is to partake of the Lord's immortality. The spirit is the power of the Word, as blood is the power of the body.
So, as the wine is blended with water, so is the Spirit with man. And the one, the mixture of wine and water, nourishes us to faith; while the other, the Spirit, conducts us to immortality.
And the mixture of both - of the water and of the Word - is called the Eucharist, the renowned and glorious gift. And those who faithfully receive it are made holy both in body and in soul. For it is the Father's will that man - himself composed by God of body and soul - should be mystically united to the Spirit and the Word. For truly the Spirit is joined to the soul, who depends on Hom; and the flesh is joined to the flesh, for whom the Word became flesh (John 1:14).
Comment by Scott Hahn: "The Eucharist is our source of joy. Next time we're weighed down by sadness or anxiety, we should remember the nearness of God, who keeps us closer than a mother keeps her child".
(Living the Mysteries, Hahn and Aquilina, 2003, Our Sunday Visitor Publishing, page 115-117
- The Lord frequently wants me to see his astonishing splendor in the Bread. The experience leaves me limp. O my Lord! If you did not subdue your radiance, none of us could even approach Communion... You reveal yourself a little at a time. I am astonished that I can perceive something as extraordinary as your majesty in a piece of bread. - St Teresa of Avila.
- In confidence of Thy goodness and great mercy, O Lord, I draw near, sick to the Healer, hungry and thirsty to the Fountain of life, needy to the King of Heaven, a servant to his Lord, a creature to the Creator, desolate to my own tender Comforter. "But whence is this to me," that Thou comest unto me (Luke 1:43)? What am I, that Thou shouldest grant me Thine own self? how dare a sinner appear before Thee?... And how is it that Thou dost vouchsafe to come unto a sinner? Thou knowest Thy servant, and art well aware that he hath in him no good thing, for which Thou shouldest grant him this. I confess therefore mine own vileness, I acknowledge Thy goodness, I praise Thy tender mercy, and give Thee thanks for Thy transcendent love. - Thomas á Kempis.
Prayer on visiting the Tabernacle: (St Alphonsus Liguori).
My Lord Jesus Christ, for the love which You bear to men, You remain night and day in this Sacrament full of compassion and of love, awaiting, calling, and welcoming all who come to visit You. I believe that You are present in the Sacrament of the Altar: I adore You from the abyss of my nothingness, and I thank You for all the graces which You have bestowed upon me and in particular for having given me Yourself in this Sacrament, for having given me your holy Mother Mary for my advocate, and for having called me to visit You in this chapel. I now salute Your most loving Heart: and this for three ends: First, In thanksgiving for this great gift; secnd, to make amends to You for all the outrages which You receive in this Sacrament from all Your enemies; and third, I intend by this visit to adore You in all the places on earth in which You are the least revered and the most abandoned..... My Jesus, I love You with all my heart. I grieve for having so many times offended Your infinite goodness. I promise with Your grace never more to offend You in the future. Now, miserable and unworthy though I be, I consecrate myself to You without reserve; I give You my entire will, my affections, my desires, and all that I possess. From now on dispose of me and of all that I have as You please. All that I ask of You and desire is Your holy love, final perseverance, and the perfect accomplishment of Your will. I recommend to You the souls in purgatory; but especially those who had the greatest devotion to the most Blessed Sacrament and to the Blessed Virgin Mary. I also recommend to You all poor sinners..... My dear Saviour, I unite all my affections with the affections of Your most loving Heart; and I offer them, thus united, to Your eternal Father, and beseech Him in Your name to vouchsafe, for Your love, to accept them. Amen.
Prayer joining Jesus in carrying His Cross: (St Alphonsus Liguori).
My most beloved Jesus, I embrace all the sufferings You have destined for me until death. I beg You by all You suffered in carrying Your cross, to help me carry mine with your perfect peace and resignation. I love You, Jesus my love; I repent of ever having offended You. Never let me separate myself from You again. Grant that I may love You always; and then do with me as You will. Amen.