St. John Henry Newman’s Prayer for Visiting the Blessed Sacrament

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The Cardinal Newman Society

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St. John Henry Newman, one of our most recently canonized saints, was a prolific homilist, writer, poet, novelist, etc. In one of his works is found his prayer for a short visit to the Blessed Sacrament before meditation.

A Short Visit to the Blessed Sacrament before Meditation


In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.
I place myself in the presence of Him, in whose Incarnate Presence I am
before I place myself there.

I adore Thee, O my Saviour, present here as God and man, in soul and
body, in true flesh and blood.

I acknowledge and confess that I kneel before that Sacred Humanity, which
was conceived in Mary’s womb, and lay in Mary’s bosom; which grew up to
man’s estate, and by the Sea of Galilee called the Twelve, wrought miracles,
and spoke words of wisdom and peace; which in due season hung on the
cross, lay in the tomb, rose from the dead, and now reigns in heaven.

I praise, and bless, and give myself wholly to Him, who is the true Bread of
my soul, and my everlasting joy.

From Meditations and Devotions, Part III. Meditations on Christian Doctrine, p 293

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