Honoring the Body and Blood of Christ
I thank You, Jesus, my Divine Redeemer, for coming upon the earth for our sake,
and for instituting the adorable Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist in order to remain
with us until the end of the world.
I thank You for hiding beneath the Eucharistic species Your infinite majesty and beauty, which Your Angels delight to behold, so
that I might have courage to approach the throne of Your Mercy.
I thank You, most loving Jesus, for having made Your- self my food, and for
uniting me to Yourself with so much love in this wonderful Sacrament that I may
live in You.
I thank You, my Jesus, for giving Yourself to me in this Blessed Sacrament, and
so enriching it with the treasures of Your love that You have no greater gift to
I thank You not only for becoming my food but also for offering Yourself
as a continual sacrifice to Your Eternal Father for my salvation.
I thank You, Divine Priest, for offering Yourself as a Sacrifice daily upon our
altars in adoration and homage to the Most Blessed Trinity, and for making
amends for our poor and miserable adorations.
I thank You for renewing in this daily Sacrifice the actual Sacrifice of the Cross
offered on Calvary, in which You satisfy Divine justice for us poor sinners.
I thank You, dear Jesus, for having become the priceless Victim to merit for me
the fullness of heavenly favors. Awaken in me such confidence in You that their
fullness may descend ever more fruitfully upon my soul.
I thank You for offering Yourself in thanksgiving to God for all His benefits,
spiritual and temporal, which He has bestowed upon me.
In union with Your offering of Yourself to Your Father in the Holy Sacrifice of
the Mass, I ask for this special favor: (Mention your request).
If it be Your holy Will, grant my request. Through You I also hope to receive the
grace of perseverance in Your love and faithful service, a holy death, and a happy
eternity with You in Heaven. Amen.
O Lord, You have given us this Sacred Banquet, in which Christ is received, the
memory of His Passion is renewed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of
future glory is given to us.
You have given them bread from Heaven.
Having all sweetness within.
Let us pray. God our Father, for Your glory and our salvation You appointed
Jesus Christ eternal High Priest. May the people He gained for You by His Blood
come to share in the power of His Cross and Resurrection by celebrating His
Memorial in this Eucharist, for He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, forever. Amen.
O Jesus, since You have left us a remembrance of Your Passion beneath the veils
of this Sacrament, grant us, we pray, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of Your
Body and Blood that we may always enjoy the fruits of Your Redemption, for
You live and reign forever. Amen.
The day before his death on the Cross, Christ instituted the Eucharist in the Upper Room. He also
offered bread and wine, which "in his sacred hands" (Roman Canon) became his Body and his
Blood, offered in sacrifice. Thus he fulfilled the prophecy of the old covenant linked to Melchizedek's
sacrificial offering. For this very reason—the Letter to the Hebrews recalls—"he became the source
of eternal salvation to all who obey him, being designated by God a high priest after the order of