Blessed, Praised, Hallowed and Adored, be Our Lord Jesus Christ on his Throne of Glory.
and in the most holy sacrament of the altar
Now as the sun sets in the west,
soft lamplight glows as evening starts;
thus, light from light, God’s Son all blest
comes from the immortal Father’s heart;
We therefore sing our joyful songs
the Father, Holy Spirit, Son,
to whom in every age belongs
by right all praise from every tongue
Lord Jesus, Son of God, from you
all life, all joy come forth this night;
the world, and each soft glowing hue,
reflect the glory of your light.
Phos Hilaron, 2nd Century
Lord Jesus Christ, present before us in the most holy sacrament of the altar
you are the sun that always rises but never sets.
You are the source of all life,
creating and sustaining every living thing.
You are the source of all food, material and spiritual,
nourishing us in both body and soul.
You are the light which dispels the clouds of error and doubt
and goes before me every hour of the day,
guiding my thoughts and my actions.
May I walk in your light,
Be nourished by your food,
be sustained by your mercy,
and be warmed by your love.
Erasmus, 16th Century
We eat on earth the Bread of Angels in the sacrament on earth: in heaven we shall eat the same Bread openly, without a sacrament. When our priesthood has run its course, then shall be abiding sure forever the presence of our great High Priest, filling and renewing us with his abundance, showing himself openly without any outward coverings, in the sight of all.
St. Cyprian, 3rd Century
Heart of Jesus, think on us.
Eyes of Jesus, look on us.
Face of Jesus, shine on us.
Hands of Jesus, bless us,
Feet of Jesus, guide us,
Arms of Jesus, hold us,
Body of Jesus, feed us,
Blood of Jesus, cleanse us,
Make us, Jesus, your own, both here and in the world to come. Amen
Sr Elizabeth Ruth Obbard ODC
Wouldest thou eat? Wouldest thou drink? Come to the Feast of Wisdom, who calleth all, saying: Come, eat of my bread, and drink the wine which I have mingled for you. Be not afraid that in the Banquet of the Church either pleasant foods or noble fellow guests be wanting. What is nobler than Christ, who in the banquet of the Church both ministers and is ministered? There shalt thou eat the bread that strengtheneth man’s heart.
St. Ambrose, 4th Century
My God, and my all
Francis of Assisi, 13th Century