A TREASURE TROVE OF PRAYERS TO THE EUCHARISTIC JESUS
We can never do enough to foster our personal faith in the Eucharistic Jesus. It is not something that takes care of itself. A conscious effort is demanded of us to be present to the Presence.
I would like to offer here a collection of prayers which are well-suited to prayer to Christ in the Holy Eucharist. If we know them by heart then we can frequently “go-to-Jesus” in the Blessed Sacrament, even if only in spirit.
When first coming into the Presence of Christ, imagine yourself as part of the retinue of the Three Kings coming before the Crib at Bethlehem, then recite this verse from the Gospel:
And entering the house, they found the Child with Mary His Mother. And falling down they adored Him (Matthew 2:11a).
The “Lord Is My Shepherd” Psalm (Psalm 22/23) is a Psalm to be memorized and prayed with regard to Christ in the Eucharist. The table -prepared-for-us may be understood as the Communion table on earth which itself is the foretaste of the heavenly banquet, the “Lamb’s High Feast”.
The Lord is my Shepherd, there is nothing I shall want./ In verdant pastures He giveth me repose./ Beside restful waters He leadeth me./ He reviveth my soul. He leadeth me along paths of righteousness for His Name’s sake./ For though I should walk in the midst of the shadow of the valley of death/ I will fear no evil for Thou art with me./ Thy rod and Thy staff have comforted me. Thou settest a table before me in the sight of my foes./ Thou anointest my head with oil,/ My cup overflows./ For only goodness and kindness shall follow me all the days of my life. And I shall dwell in the House of the Lord for length of days.
Our Lady’s Magnificat (Luke 2:48-55) too lends itself to a Eucharistic sense:
My soul doth magnify the Lord, and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior./ For He hath regarded the lowliness of His handmaiden and behold henceforth all generation shall call me blessed./ For He that is mighty hath magnified me, and holy is His Name, and His mercy is on them that fear Him throughout all generations./ He hath shown the strength of His arm./ He hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts./ He hath put down the mighty from their thrones and exalted the humble and meek./ He hath filled the hungry with good things and the rich He hath sent empty away./ He, remembering His mercy, hath holpen His servant Israel, as He promised to our forefathers, to Abraham and his seed forever.
I also recommend the Anima Christi prayer together with the Jesus Living in Mary prayer of Fr. Olier, the founder of the Sulpicians.
Soul of Christ, be my sanctification.
Body of Christ, be my salvation.
Blood of Christ, fill all my veins.
Water from Christ’s side, wash out my stains.
Passion of Christ, my comfort be.
O good Jesu, listen to me.
In thy wounds I fain would hide,
Ne’er to be parted from Thy side.
Guard me, should the foe assail me.
Call me, when my life shall fail me.
Bid me come to Thee above
With Thy Saints to sing Thy love,
World without end. Amen.
(Translation by St. John Henry Cardinal Newman)
O JESUS LIVING IN MARY
O Jesus, living in Mary,
Come, and live in Thy servants:
In the spirit of Thy holiness,
In the fullness of Thy might,
In the truth of Thy virtues,
In the perfection of Thy ways,
In the communion of Thy mysteries.
Subdue every hostile power in Thy spirit,
for the glory of the Father. Amen.
The “Divine Praises”, which originated in the 18th Century as a reparation for sins of blasphemy and profanity, make a beautifully concise Litany of Praise to Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament and for all of the effects of the Redemption:
Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ,
True God and True Man.
Blessed be the Name of Jesus.
Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Ghost the Paraclete.
Blessed be the Great Mother of God Mary Most Holy.
Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her Glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the Name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His Angels and His Saints.
Finally, I recommend this prayer to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus:
May the Sacred Heart of Jesus,
in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar,
be praised, adored and loved, with grateful affection,
on all the altars and in all the tabernacles of the world,
now, and even to the end of Time.