His Hour

      The Sacred Heart of Jesus began this devotion of the Holy Hour of Reparation, when He entered the Garden of Gethsemani on Mount Olivet. He said to His Apostles: “My soul is sorrowful even unto death. Stay you here and watch with Me.” Later He said to them: “Could you not watch one hour with Me? Watch and pray, that you enter not into temptation.” (Mt. 26:38,40,41)

      As Jesus spoke to His Apostles, so He pleads with us to stay and watch and pray with Him. His Sacred Heart is filled with sadness, because so many doubt Him, despise His, insult Him, ridicule Him, spit upon Him, slap Him, accuse Him, condemn Him. In the Sacrament of His Love, so many forget Him. Every mortal sin brings down the terrible scourges on His Sacred Body, presses the sharp thorns into His Sacred Head, and hammers the cruel nails into His Sacred Hands and Feet. The ingratitude of mankind continually pierces His Sacred Heart.

      When Jesus saw the sins of the world and the reparation that must be made to His Heavenly Father, He began to fear and to be sad and sorrowful. “Kneeling down, He prayed: ‘Father, if Thou will, remove this chalice from Me; But not My Will, Thine be done.’ There appeared an angel from heaven to strengthen Him; and being in agony, He prayed the longer, and His sweat become as drops of blood trickling to the ground.” (Lk. 22: 41.44)

      The Sacred Heart of Jesus said to St. Margaret Mary: “Make reparation for the ingratitude of men. Spend an hour in prayer to appease divine justice, to implore mercy for sinners, to honor Me, to console Me for My bitter suffering when abandoned by My Apostles, when they did not watch one hour with Me .”


Exposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament

      The Exposition and then the Benediction (at the end of the Holy Hour) of the Blessed Sacrament is a rite in which Jesus, in the Sacrament of His Love, is not only exposed for the adoration by the faithful, but in which He, present in this Sacrament, is implored to bless the faithful present before the Altar. It is not the priest who blesses the people in this rite, it is Jesus Christ Himself, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, Who bestows His benediction upon them.

      The devout worshiper may either join in the chant of the choir, or pour out his soul in aspirations of love, adoration, gratitude, petition, reparation or contrition to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, thus humbled out of love for us.

      When the priest opens the tabernacle, all kneel. When he incenses the Most Blessed Sacrament, the hymn O Salutaris Hostia is sung:

O salutaris hostia,

Quae caeli pandis ostium,

Bella premunt hostilia,

Da robur, fer auxilium.

Uni Trinoque Domino,

Sit sempiterna gloria:

Qui vitam sine termino,

Nobis donet in patria. Amen.

O saving Victim, opening wide

The gate of Heaven to man

below! Our foes press on from every side; Thine aid supply, Thy strength bestow.

To Thy great Name be endless praise, Immortal Godhead! One in three! O grant us endless length of days in our true native land with Thee. Amen.

Priest: In the name of the Father, ✠ and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

(Here make your private intention of the Holy Hour on this New Year’s Eve)


All:     O Sacrament most holy, * O Sacrament divine! * All praise and all thanksgiving * be every moment Thine! (3 times)



Priest: Prayer to the Holy Spirit.

All:     Come, O Holy Ghost, * fill the hearts of Thy faithful * and enkindle in them the fire of Thy love. * Send forth Thy Spirit, * and they shall be created, * and Thou shalt renew the face of the earth. *

O God, * Who by the light of the Holy Ghost, * didst instruct the hearts of the faithful, * grant that in the same Holy Spirit * we may be truly wise, * and ever rejoice in His consolation. * Through Christ our Lord. * Amen. *

            Heart of Jesus, * I put my trust in Thee!


Priest: An Act of Contrition.

All:     O my God! * I am heartily sorry for having offended Thee, * and I detest all my sins, * because I dread the loss of heaven and the pains of hell, * but most of all because they offend Thee, * O my God, * Who art all-good * and deserving of all my love. * I firmly resolve, * with the help of Thy grace, * to confess my sins, * to do penance, * and to amend my life. * Amen. * O Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, * have mercy on us!


Priest: An Act of Spiritual Communion.

All:     My Jesus, * I believe that Thou art really present * in the most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. * I love Thee above everything else, * and I long to receive Thee into my soul. * I cannot now receive Thee in Holy Communion, * but I beg Thee * to come to me at least spiritually. * I embrace Thee as already there, * and unite myself entirely to Thee. * Grant that I may never be separated from Thee! * I adore Thee every moment, * O Living Bread from heaven, * Great Sacrament!


Priest: Offering of the Holy Hour.

All:     My Sweet Jesus, * I desire to spend this Hour with Thee, * to console Thee, * and to make some reparation by the love of my poor heart * for the agony Thou didst suffer in Gethsemani. * In that lone hour Thou wast forsaken, * and the creatures, * whom Thou didst create to love Thee, * loved Thee not. * The weight of all our sins pressed on Thee, * and mine as well; * and for the sorrow * which I caused Thee then by my sins, * I will endeavor to repay Thee now by my love. * Strengthen it, my Jesus, * that it may in some small measure * give Thee consolation. * Sacred Heart of Jesus, * strengthened in Thine agony by an Angel, * comfort us in our agony.


Priest: Opening Prayer to the Blessed Sacrament.

All:     My Lord Jesus Christ, * it is Thy great love for men * that keeps Thee day and night in this Sacrament, * full of pity and love, * expecting, * inviting, * and welcoming all who visit Thee. * I believe that Thou art * really present * in the Sacrament of the Altar. * From the depth of my nothingness, * I adore Thee; * and I thank Thee * for the many graces Thou hast given me, * especially * for the gift of Thyself in this Sacrament, * for the gift of Thy most holy Mother * as my intercessor, * and for the privilege * of visiting Thee in this Church.

I now speak to Thy most loving Heart * with a three-fold intention: * to thank Thee for the great gift of Thyself; * to atone for all the insults * which Thy enemies heap upon Thee in this Sacrament; * and to adore Thee * wherever Thy Eucharistic Presence * is dishonored or forgotten.

My Jesus, * I love Thee with my whole heart. * I am very sorry for my ingratitude * to Thy infinite goodness. * I now resolve, * with the help of Thy grace, * never to offend Thee again. * And, sinful as I am, * I consecrate to Thee * my entire self, * my whole will, * my affections, * my desires, * and all that I have. * From now on, * do with me and mine * as Thou pleasest. * I ask for and desire only Thy love, * final perseverance, * and the grace always to do Thy holy will.

I intercede with Thee for the souls in purgatory, * especially for those * who were most devoted to the Blessed Sacrament, * and to Thy most holy Mother. * I recommend to Thee also, * all poor sinners. * And lastly, * my dear Savior, * I unite all my desires * with the desires of Thy most loving Heart. * Thus united, * I present them to Thy Eternal Father, * and beg Him in Thy Name * and for love of Thee, * to hear and answer them. * (St. Alphonsus M. de’Liguori)

Jesus, meek and humble of heart, * make our hearts like unto Thine.


Priest: An Act of Faith.

All:     O my God! * I firmly believe that Thou art one God in three divine Persons, * the Father, * the Son, * and the Holy Ghost; * I believe that the divine Son became man, * and died for our sins, * and that He will come to judge the living and the dead. * I believe these and all the truths * which the holy Catholic Church teaches, * because Thou has revealed them, * Who canst neither deceive nor be deceived.


Priest: An Act of Hope.

All:     O my God! * Relying on Thy infinite goodness and promises, * I hope to obtain the pardon of my sins, * the help of Thy grace, * and life everlasting, * through the merits of Jesus Christ, * my Lord and Redeemer.


Priest: An Act of Love.

All:     O my God! * I love Thee above all things * with my whole heart and soul, * because Thou art all good, * and worthy of all love. * I love my neighbor as myself * for love of Thee. * I forgive all who have injured me, * and ask pardon of all whom I have injured. *

Jesus, I love for Thee, * Jesus, I die for Thee; * Jesus, I am thine in life and in death. Amen.


Priest: An Act of Charity.

All:     O good and merciful Savior, * it is the desire of my heart * to return Thee love for love. * My greatest sorrow is * that Thou art not loved by all men, * and, in particular, * that my heart is so cold, * so selfish, * so ungrateful. * Deeply sensible of my own weakness and poverty, * I trust that Thy own grace * will enable me to offer Thee * an act of pure love. * And I wish to offer Thee * this act of love * in reparation for the coldness and neglect * that are shown to Thee * in the Sacrament of Thy love * by Thy creatures. * O Jesus, my sovereign good, * I love Thee, * not for the sake of reward which Thou hast promised * to those who love Thee, * but purely for Thyself. * I love Thee * above all things that can be loved, * above all pleasures, * and in fine * above myself and all that is not Thee, * protesting in the presence of heaven and earth * that I will live and die * purely and simply in Thy holy love, * and that if to love Thee thus * I must endure persecution and suffering, * I am perfectly satisfied, * and I will ever say with St. Paul: * “Nothing shall separate me * from the love of Christ.” *

O Jesus, * Supreme Master of all hearts, * I love Thee, * I adore Thee, * I praise Thee, * I thank Thee, * because I am now all Thine own. * Rule over me, * and transform my soul * into the likeness of Thyself, * so that it may bless and glorify Thee * forever in the abode of the Saints. *Amen.

Sweet heart of Jesus, * have mercy on us and on our erring brethren.


Priest: Prayer to Christ the King.

All:     O Christ Jesus, * I acknowledge Thee King of the Universe.* All that has been made * has been created for Thee. * Make full use of Thy rights over me. * I renew the promises I made in Baptism, * when I renounced Satan * and all his pomps and works, * and I promise to live a good Christian life; * and especially I undertake to help, * to the extent of my means, * to secure the triumph of the rights of God * and of Thy Church. * Divine Heart of Jesus, * I offer Thee my efforts to obtain that all hearts * may acknowledge Thy Sacred Royalty, * and that so the Kingdom of Thy peace * may be established * throughout the entire universe. * Amen.

Jesus, * King and Center of all hearts, * through the advent of Thy Kingdom, * grant us peace.


Priest: The Litany of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Priest: Lord, have mercy on us.

All:     Christ, have mercy on us.

Priest: Lord, have mercy on us. Christ, hear us.

All:     Christ, graciously hear us.

Priest: God, the Father of Heaven,

All:     Have mercy on us.

God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.

God, the Holy Ghost,

Holy Trinity, one God,

Heart of Jesus, Son of the Eternal Father,

Heart of Jesus, formed by the Holy Ghost in the Womb of the Virgin Mother,

Heart of Jesus, substantially united to the Word of God,

Heart of Jesus, of Infinite Majesty,

Heart of Jesus, Holy Temple of God,

Heart of Jesus, Tabernacle of the Most High,

Heart of Jesus, House of God and Gate of Heaven,

Heart of Jesus, burning furnace of Charity,

Heart of Jesus, abode of Justice and Love,

Heart of Jesus, full of Goodness and Love,

Heart of Jesus, abyss of all virtues,

Heart of Jesus, most worthy of all praise, have mercy on us.

Heart of Jesus, King and Center of all hearts,

Heart of Jesus, in Whom are all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,

Heart of Jesus, in Whom dwells the fullness of Divinity,

Heart of Jesus, in Whom the Father was well pleased,

Heart of Jesus, of Whose fullness we have all received,

Heart of Jesus, desire of the everlasting hills,

Heart of Jesus, patient and most merciful,

Heart of Jesus, enriching all who invoke Thee,

Heart of Jesus, fountain of life and holiness,

Heart of Jesus, propitiation for our sins,

Heart of Jesus, loaded down with reproaches,

Heart of Jesus, bruised for our offences,

Heart of Jesus, obedient unto death,

Heart of Jesus, pierced with a lance,

Heart of Jesus, source of all consolation,

Heart of Jesus, our life and resurrection,

Heart of Jesus, our peace and reconciliation,

Heart of Jesus, Victim for sin,

Heart of Jesus, salvation of those who trust in Thee,

Heart of Jesus, hope of those who die in Thee,

Heart of Jesus, delight of all the Saints,


Priest:      Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

All:         Spare us, O Lord.

Priest:      Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

All:         Graciously hear us, O Lord.

Priest:      Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world,

All:          Have mercy on us.

Priest:      Jesus meek and humble of Heart,

All:         Make our hearts like unto Thine.


Priest: Let us pray: O Almighty and Eternal God, look upon the Heart of Thy dearly beloved Son, and upon the praise and satisfaction He offers Thee in the name of sinners and for those who seek Thy mercy; be Thou appeased, and grant us pardon in the name of the same Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, world without end.


All:     Amen.

All:     Sacred Heart of Jesus, * I believe in Thy love for me.


Priest: Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. (Ordered by His Holiness, Pope Pius XI, Dec. 11, 1925. For One fold and One Shepherd.)


All:     Most Sweet Jesus, * Redeemer of the human race, * look down upon us humbly prostrate before Thee. * We are Thine and Thine we wish to be; * but to be more surely united with Thee, * behold each one of us freely consecrates himself today * to Thy Most Sacred Heart.

Many indeed have never known Thee; * many, too, despising Thy precepts, * have rejected Thee. * Have mercy on them all, most merciful Jesus, * and draw them to Thy Sacred Heart. * Be Thou King, O Lord, * not only of the faithful who have never forsaken Thee, * but also of the prodigal children who have abandoned Thee. * Grant that they may quickly return to their Father’s house * lest they die of wretchedness and hunger.

Be Thou King of those who are deceived by erroneous opinions, * or whom discord keeps aloof, * and call them back to the harbor of truth and unity of faith, * so that soon there may be * but one flock and one Shepherd.

Grant, O Lord, to Thy Church, * assurance of freedom and immunity from harm; * give peace and order to all nations, * and make the earth resound, * from pole to pole with one cry: * Praise to the Divine Heart * that wrought our salvation; * to It be glory and honor forever. * Amen. * Sacred Heart of Jesus, * Thy Kingdom come!


Priest: Act of Reparation.

All:     O Sacred Heart of Jesus, * animated with a desire * to repair the outrages unceasingly offered to Thee, * we prostrate ourselves before Thy throne of mercy, * and in the name of all mankind, * pledge our love and fidelity to Thee!

The more Thy mysteries are blasphemed, * the more firmly we shall believe them, * O Sacred Heart of Jesus!

The more impiety endeavors to extinguish our hopes of immortality, * the more we shall trust in Thy Heart, * sole hope of mankind!

The more hearts resist Thy Divine attractions, * the more we shall love Thee, * O infinitely amiable Heart of Jesus!

The more unbelief attacks Thy Divinity, * the more humbly and profoundly we shall adore It, * O Divine Heart of Jesus!

The more Thy holy laws are transgressed and ignored, * the more we shall delight to observe them, * O most holy Heart of Jesus!

The more Thy Sacraments are despised and abandoned, * the more frequently we shall receive them with love and reverence, * O most liberal Heart of Jesus!

The more the imitation of Thy virtues is neglected and forgotten, * the more we shall endeavor to practice them, * O Heart of Jesus, model of every virtue!

The more the devil labors to destroy souls, * the more we shall be inflamed with a desire to save them, * O Heart of Jesus, zealous Lover of souls!

The more sin and impurity destroy the image of God in man, * the more we shall try by purity of life * to be a living temple of the Holy Spirit, * O Heart of Jesus!

The more Thy Holy Church is despised, * the more we shall endeavor * to be her faithful children, * O Sweet Heart of Jesus!


The more Thy Vicar on earth is persecuted, * the more will we honor him * as the infallible head of Thy Holy Church, * showing our fidelity and praying for him, * O kingly Heart of Jesus!

O Sacred Heart, * through Thy powerful grace, may we become Thy apostles * in the midst of a corrupted world, * and be Thy crown in the kingdom of heaven. * Amen.


All:          Praise and adoration ever more be given * to the most Holy Sacrament!

The Holy Rosary

Priest: The Apostles’ Creed.

I believe in God, * the Father Almighty, * Creator of heaven and earth; * and in Jesus Christ, * His only Son, * our Lord; * Who was conceived by the Holy Ghost, * born of the Virgin Mary, * suffered under Pontius Pilate, * was crucified; * died, and was buried. * He descended into hell; * the third day He arose again from the dead; * He ascended into heaven, * sitteth at the right hand of God, the Father Almighty; * from thence He shall come * to judge the living and the dead.

All:     I believe in the Holy Ghost, * the holy Catholic Church, * the communion of Saints, * the forgiveness of sins, * the resurrection of the body, * and life everlasting. * Amen.

1 Our Father – 3 Hail Marys – 1 Glory be to the Father, etc.


Priest: The Sorrowful Mysteries.

The First Sorrowful Mystery – The Agony of Jesus in the Garden.

“My soul is sorrowful unto death!” O divine sadness of Jesus, Who savest the world and preparest for us the joys of Paradise, heal all our sorrows, accept out sorrow for having so greatly offended the Lord our God!

1 Our Father – 10 Hail Marys – 1 Glory be to the Father, etc.


Priest: The Second Sorrowful Mystery – Jesus is Scourged at the Pillar.

“My people, what have I done to you? Wherein have I offended you? Laden with My gifts you scourge Me like the least of slaves!” O Jesus, forgive the excesses of impiety against the Church, Thy mystic body!

1 Our Father – 10 Hail Marys – 1 Glory be to the Father, etc.


Priest: The Third Sorrowful Mystery – Jesus is Crowned with Thorns.

“I am a worm and no man!” O Jesus, sated with outrages in this Mystery, with what eloquence dost Thou not show us that, lifted up from earth, we ever return to it again! May this divine lesson subdue our pride!

1 Our Father – 10 Hail Marys – 1 Glory be to the Father, etc.


Priest: The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery – Jesus Carries His Cross.

“They forced the Cyrenean to take up His Cross.” Each day we also receive our crosses from Thy hand. O Jesus, grant that we may carry them, not by force, but for love.

1 Our Father – 10 Hail Marys – 1 Glory be to the Father, etc.


Priest: The Fifth Sorrowful Mystery – Jesus Dies on the Cross.

“Behold thy Mother!” I thank Thee, O my Savior, for this admirable gift, that last will of Thy love. Grant that I may respond to it by a generous love toward Thy afflicted Mother.

1 Our Father – 10 Hail Marys – 1 Glory be to the Father, etc.


Priest: Hail, Holy Queen, *

All:     Mother of mercy, * hail our life, * our sweetness, * our hope! * To thee do we cry, * poor banished children of Eve; * to thee do we send up our sighs, * mourning and weeping in this valley of tears. * Turn then, * most gracious advocate, * thine eyes of mercy toward us, * and after this our exile, * show unto us the blessed fruit of thy womb, Jesus. * O clement, * O loving, * O sweet Virgin Mary.


Priest: Pray for us, O Queen of the most Holy Rosary.

All:     That we may be made worthy * of the promises of Christ.


Priest: Let us pray: O God * Whose only-begotten Son, * by His life, death, and resurrection, * has purchased for us * the rewards of eternal salvation; * grant, we beseech Thee, * that mediating upon these mysteries * in the most holy Rosary of the Blessed Virgin Mary, * we may imitate what they contain, * and obtain what they promise. * Through the same Christ our Lord.

All:     Amen.

All:     Lord, I thank Thee, * that Thou didst die on the Cross for my sins.


Priest: To the Queen of the Holy Rosary.

All:     O Queen of the most holy Rosary, * in these times of brazen impiety, * show again thy power, * with the signs which accompanied thy victories of old, * and from the throne where thou are seated, * dispensing pardon and grace, * in pity watch over the Church of thy Son, * His Vicar, * and every order of the clergy and laity, * suffering in grievous warfare. * Hasten, * O most powerful destroyer of heresy, * hasten the hour of mercy, * seeing that the hour of judgement * is daily challenged by innumerable offences. * Obtain for me, * the lowest of men, * kneeling suppliant in thy presence, * the grace which may enable me to live * a just life on earth, * and reign with the just in heaven, * whilst with the faithful throughout the world, * O Queen of the most holy Rosary, * I salute thee and cry out: * Queen of the most holy Rosary, * pray for us!

Sacred Heart of Jesus, * I give myself to Thee * through Mary.


Priest: To Jesus abandoned.

All:     With Mary Immaculate, * let us adore, thank, implore and console, * the Most Beloved and Sacred Heart of Jesus * in the Blessed Sacrament.

O Divine Jesus, * lonely tonight in so many Tabernacles, * without visitor or worshiper * I offer Thee my poor heart. * May its every throb be an act of love for Thee. * Thou art always watching beneath the Sacramental Veils; * in Thy Love Thou dost never sleep * and Thou are never weary * of Thy vigil for sinners. * O lonely Jesus, * may the flame of my heart * burn and beam always in company with Thee.

O Sacrament most holy, * O Sacrament divine! * All praise and all thanksgiving * be every moment Thine!



Priest: Veneration of the thorn-crowned Head of the Savior.

All:     And platting a crown of thorns, * they put it upon His head. * They began to spit upon Him, * and they gave Him blows. * Others smote His face and said: * “Prophesy, * who is it that struck Thee?”

O Holy Redeemer! * Thou art clothed with a scarlet cloak, * a reed is placed in Thy hands for a scepter * and the sharp points of a thorny crown * are pressed into Thy adorable head.

My soul, * thou canst never conceive the sufferings, * the insults and indignities offered to our Blessed Lord * during this scene of pain and mockery.

I therefore salute Thee and offer Thee supreme homage * as King of heaven and earth, * the Redeemer of the world, * the Eternal Son of the living God.

O my afflicted Savior! * O King of the world, * Thou art ridiculed as a mock King. * I believe in Thee and adore Thee * as King of kings and Lord of lords, * as the supreme Ruler of heaven and earth.

O Jesus! * I devoutly venerate Thy sacred head pierced with thorns, * struck with a reed, * overwhelmed with pain and derision.

I adore the Precious Blood * flowing from Thy bleeding wounds. * To Thee be all praise, * all thanksgiving * and all love for evermore.

O meek Lamb, * Victim for sin! * May Thy thorns * penetrate my heart with fervent love, * that I may never cease to adore Thee as my God, * my King and my Savior.


Priest: Behold, O God, our Protector,

All:     And look upon the face of Thy Christ.

Priest: Let us pray: O my beloved Savior, * at the sight of Thy most holy Face disfigured by suffering, * at the sight of Thy Sacred Heart so full of love, * I cry out with St. Augustine: * “Lord Jesus, * imprint on my heart Thy sacred wounds, * so that I may read therein sorrow and love: * sorrow, * to endure every sorrow for Thee; * love, * to despise every love for Thee.”

All:     Amen.


All:     We adore Thee, * O Christ, * and we bless Thee, * because by Thy holy Cross * Thou hast redeemed the world.


Priest: To our Lord on the cross

All:     My Crucified Jesus, * mercifully accept the prayer * which I now make to Thee * for help in the moment of my death, * when at its approach * all my senses fail me.

When, therefore, O sweetest Jesus, * my weary and downcast eyes * can no longer look up to Thee, * be mindful of the loving gaze * which I now turn on thee, * and have mercy on me.

When my parched lips * can no longer kiss Thy most sacred wounds, * remember then those kisses * which now I imprint on Thee, * and have mercy on me.

When my cold hands * can no longer embrace Thy Cross, * forget not the affection * with which I embrace it now, * and have mercy on me.

And when, at length * my swollen and lifeless tongue * can no longer speak, * remember that I called upon Thee now.

Jesus, Mary, Joseph, * to you I commend my soul. * Amen.

Eternal Father, * I offer Thee the Wounds * of our Lord Jesus Christ * to heal the wounds of our souls.



Priest: Devotion in honor of the Five Holy Wounds.

All:     As I kneel before Thee on the Cross, * most loving Savior of my soul, * my conscience tells me it is I * who have nailed Thee to that Cross * with these hands of mine, * so often as I have fallen into mortal sin, * wearying Thee with my monstrous ingratitude.

My God, * my chief and most perfect Good, * worthy of all my love, * seeing Thou has ever loaded me with blessings, * I cannot now undo my misdeeds, * as I would most willingly, * but I can and will loathe them, * grieving greatly for having offended Thee * Who art infinite Goodness. * And now, * kneeling at Thy feet, * I will try at least to compassionate Thee, * to give Thee thanks, * to ask of Thee pardon and contrition. * Wherefore, * with heart and lips I say:


Priest: To the Wound of the Left Foot.

All:     Holy Wound * of the Left Foot of my Jesus, * I adore Thee! * I compassionate Thee, * O my Jesus, * for that most bitter pain which Thou didst suffer. * I thank Thee for the love * whereby Thou wast wearied in overtaking me * on the way to ruin, * and didst bleed amid the thorns and brambles of my sins. * I offer to the Eternal Father * the pain and love of Thy most sacred humanity, * in atonement for my sins, * all of which I detest * with sincere and bitter contrition.


Priest: To the Wound on the Right Foot.

All:     Holy Wound * of the Right Foot of my Jesus, * I adore Thee! * I compassionate Thee, * O my Jesus, * for that most bitter pain * which Thou didst suffer. * I thank Thee for the love which pierced Thee * with such torture and shedding of blood * in order to punish my wanderings * and the guilty pleasures I have granted to my passions. * I offer to the Eternal Father * all the pain and love of Thy most sacred humanity, * and I pray unto Him for grace to weep * over my transgressions with burning tears, * and to enable me * to persevere in the good which I have begun, without ever swerving again from my obedience * to the commandments of my God.


Priest: To the Wound of the Left Hand.

All:     Holy Wound * of the Left Hand of my Jesus, * I adore Thee! * I compassionate Thee, * O my Jesus, * for that most bitter pain which Thou didst suffer. * I thank Thee for having, * in Thy love, * spared me the scourges and eternal damnation * which my sins have merited. * I offer to the Eternal Father * the pain and love of Thy most sacred humanity, * and I pray Him to teach me * how to turn to good account my span of life, * and bring forth in it worthy fruits of penance, * and so disarm * the angry justice of God.


Priest: To the Wound of the Right Hand.

All:     Holy Wound * of the Right Hand of my Jesus, * I adore Thee! * I compassionate Thee, * O my Jesus, * for that most bitter pain which Thou didst suffer. * I thank Thee * for Thy graces lavished on me with such love, * in spite of all my miserable obstinacy. * I offer to the Eternal Father * all the pain and love of Thy most sacred humanity, * and I pray Him * to change my heart and its affections, * and make me do all my actions * in accordance with the will of God.


Priest: To the Wound of the Sacred Side.

All:     Holy Wound * in the Side of my Jesus, * I adore Thee! * I compassionate Thee, * O my Jesus, for the cruel insult Thou didst suffer. * I thank Thee, * my Jesus, * for the love which suffered Thy Side and Heart to be pierced, * that the last drops of blood and water might issue forth, * making my redemption to abound. * I offer to the Eternal Father this outrage, * and the love of Thy most sacred humanity, * that my soul * may enter once for all into that most loving Heart, * eager and ready to receive the greatest sinners, * and from it may never more depart. *

Sweet Heart of my Jesus, * grant that I may ever love Thee * more and more.


Priest: Prayer for an increase of daily Holy Communions.

All:     O Sweetest Jesus, * Who camest into this world * to give to all the life of Thy grace, * and Who, * to preserve and sustain it, * didst will to be the remedy of our daily infirmities, * and our daily food; * humbly we pray Thee, * by Thy Heart, * all on fire for love of us, * to pour out Thy Holy Spirit upon all, * so that those who are unhappily in mortal sin * may be converted to Thee, * and recover the life of grace which they have lost; * and those who by Thy gift * still live this divine life, * may every day, * when they are able, * approach devoutly Thy holy Altar, * where, * in daily Holy Communion, * receiving every day * the antidote to their daily venial sins, * and nourishing the life of grace in their hearts, * and purifying more and more their souls, * they may come at last * to the enjoyment with Thee of eternal beatitude. * Amen.

Heart of Jesus, * burning with love for us, * inflame our hearts with love of Thee.


Priest: Prayer for those in their last agony.

All:     O Most Merciful Jesus, * Lover of Souls: * I pray Thee, * by the agony of Thy most Sacred Heart, * and by the sorrows of Thy Immaculate Mother, * cleanse in Thy blood * the sinners of the whole world * who are now in their agony * and are to die this day. * Amen.

Heart of Jesus Agonizing, * have mercy on the dying. * Jesus, Mary, Joseph.


Priest: Prayers for the Holy Father.

All:     O God, * the Shepherd and Ruler of all the faithful, * look down with favor upon Thy servant, * N, * whom Thou hast deigned to appoint * the supreme Pastor of Thy Church; * grant, we beseech Thee, * that both his word and example * may benefit those over whom he has been placed, * so that * together with the flock entrusted to his care * he may attain unto life everlasting, * through Christ our Lord. * Amen. *

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, * pour in richest fullness * Thy blessings upon Holy Church, * the Pope, and all the clergy; * grant perseverance to the just, * conversion to sinners; * enlighten the unbelievers; * bless our relatives, * friends, * and benefactors; * assist the dying; * deliver the souls in purgatory; * and extend over all hearts * the gentle dominion of Thy love.

Lord Jesus, shelter our Holy Father the Pope * under the protection of Thy Sacred Heart. * Be Thou his light, * his strength * and his consolation.


Priest: Prayer for peace. (St. Francis of Assisi)

All:     Lord, * make me an instrument of your peace! * Where there is hatred – let me sow love. * Where there is injury – pardon. * Where there is doubt – faith. * Where there is despair – hope. * Where there is darkness – light. * Where there is sadness – joy.

O Divine Master, * grant that I may not so much seek * to be consoled – as to console, * to be understood – as to understand, * to be loved as to love, * for * it is in giving – that we receive, * it is in pardoning – that we are pardoned, * it is in dying – that we are born to eternal life.

By the sign of the Holy Cross, * deliver us from our enemies, * O our God!


Priest: Prayer for mercy for the Holy Souls in Purgatory.

All:     Have mercy, * O gentle Jesus! * on the souls detained in purgatory. * Thou Who for their ransom * didst take upon Thyself our human nature * and suffer the most cruel death, * pity their sighs and the tears shed * when they raise their longing eyes toward Thee; * and by virtue of Thy Passion, * cancel the penalty due to their sins. * May Thy Blood, * O tender Jesus, * Thy Precious Blood, * descend into purgatory * to solace and refresh those who there languish in captivity. * Reach forth Thy hand to them, * and lead them * into the realms of refreshment, * light and peace. * Amen.

Divine Heart of Jesus, * convert sinners, * save the dying, * set free the holy souls in purgatory.


Priest: Prayer for our daily neglects.

All:     Eternal Father, * I offer Thee the Sacred Heart of Jesus, * with all Its love, * suffering and merits: *

First – to expiate all the sins I have committed this day * and during all my life.

Priest:    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

All:        As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: would without end. Amen.


All:     Second – to purify the good * I have done badly this day * and during all my life.

Priest:    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

All:        As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: would without end. Amen.


All:     Third – to supply for the good I ought to have done, * and that I’ve neglected, * this day and during all my life.

Priest:    Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost.

All:        As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be: would without end. Amen.

O Heart of Love, * I put all my trust in Thee, * for I fear all things from my own weakness, * but I hope for all things from Thy goodness. (St. Margaret Mary Alacoque)

Te Deum

      At the conclusion of the silent adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, the hymn Te Deum will be recited.

      A partial indulgence is granted to the Christian faithful who recite the hymn, Te Deum, as an act of Thanksgiving. The indulgence will be a plenary one if this hymn is publicly recited on the last day of the year.

      A partial indulgence is granted the Christian faithful when they visit the Blessed Sacrament for the purpose of adoration. When this is done for at least half an hour, the indulgence is a plenary one.

(Blue Hymnal, #212, pg. 287)

(All Stand)

Priest: Te Deum laudámus:

All:      te Dóminum confitémur.

      Te aetérnum Patrem, omnis terra venerátur.

      Tibi omnes Angeli, tibi Caeli, et univérsae Potestátes:

      Tibi Chérubim et Séraphim, incessábili voce proclámant:

      Sanctus: Sanctus: Sanctus Dóminus Deus Sábaoth.

      Pleni sunt caeli et terra, majestátis glóriae tuae.

      Te gloriósus Apostolórum chorus.

      Te Prophetárum laudábilis númerus.

      Te Mártyrum candidátus laudat exércitus.

      Te per orbem terrárum sancta confitétur Ecclésia.

      Patrem imménsae majestátis;

      Venerándum tuum verum et únicum Fílium;

      Sanctum quoque Paráclitum Spíritum.

      Tu Rex glóriae, Christe.

      Tu Patris sempitérnus es Fílius.

Tu ad liberándum susceptúrus hóminem, non horruísti Vírginis úterum.

Tu devícto mortis acúleo, aperuísti credéntibus regna caelórum.

Tu ad déxteram Dei sedes, in glória Patris.

Judex créderis esse ventúris.

(all kneel while the following verse is being said/sung)

Te ergo quaésumus, tuis fámulis súbveni, quos pretióso sánguine redemísti.

Aetérna fac cum Sanctis tuis in glória numerári.

Salvum fac pópulum tuum, Dómine, et bénedic haereditáti tuae.

Et rege eos, et extólle illos usque in aetérnum.

Per síngulos dies benedícimus te.

Et laudámus nomen tuum in sáeculum, et in sáeculum saéculi.

Dignáre, Dómine, die isto sine peccáto nos custódire.

Miserére nostri, Dómine, miserére nostri.

      Fiat misericórdia tua, Domine, super nos, quemádmodum sperávimus in te.

      In te, Dómine, sperávi: non confúndar in aetérnum.


V.  Benedictus es Dómine Deus patrum nostrórum.

R.  Et laudábilis, et gloriósus in sáecula.

V.  Benedicámus Patrem, et Fílium, cum Sancto Spíritu.

R.  Laudémus, et super-exaltémus eum in sáecula.

V.  Benedictus es Dómine in firmaménto caeli.

R.  Et laudábilis, et gloriósus, et superexaltátus in sáecula.


V.  Bénedic ánima mea Dómino.

R.  Et noli oblivísci omnes retributiónes ejus.

V.  Dómine, exaudi oratiónem meam.

R.  Et clamor meus ad te véniat.


V.  Dóminus vobíscum.

R.  Et cum spíritu tuo.


Priest: Orémus.

      Deus, cujus misericórdiae non est númerus, et bonitátis infinítus est thesaúrus: piíssimae Majestáti tuae pro collátis donis grátias ágimus, tuam semper cleméntiam exorántes; ut, qui peténtibus postuláta concédis, eósdem non déserens, ad práemia futúra dispónas.

Deus, qui corda fidelium Sancti Spiritus illustratione docuisti: da nobis in eodem Spiritu recta sapere, et de ejus semper consolatione gaudere.

Deus, qui neminem in te sperantem nimium affligi permittis, sed pium precibus praestas auditum: pro postulationibus nostris, votisque susceptis gratias agimus; te piissime deprecantes, ut a cunctis semper muniamur adversis. Per Dominum nostrum Jesum Christum Filium tuum, qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

(All Stand)

Priest:                                                        We praise Thee, O God; All:                                                             We acknowledge Thee to be the Lord.

                                                             Thee, the Father everlasting, all the earth doth worship.

                                                             To Thee all the Angels, to Thee the heavens, and all the Powers.

                                                             To Thee the Cherubim and Seraphim cry out unceasingly:

                                                             Holy, Holy, Holy Lord God of Hosts.

                                                             Full are the heavens and the earth of the majesty of Thy glory.

                                                             Thee, the glorious choir of the Apostles,

                                                             Thee, the admirable company of the Prophets,

                                                             Thee, the white-robed army of the Martyrs doth praise.

                                                             Thee, the holy Church throughout the world doth confess,

                                                             The Father of infinite majesty.

                                                             Thine adorable, true, and only Son.

                                                             And the Holy Ghost the Paraclete.

                                                             Thou, O Christ, art the King of glory.

                                                             Thou are the everlasting Son of the Father.

      Thou, having taken upon Thee to deliver man, didst not disdain the Virgin’s womb.

      Thou, having overcome the sting of death, hast opened to believers the kingdom of heaven.

      Thou sittest at the right hand of God, in the glory of the Father.

      Thou, we believe, art the Judge to come.

(all kneel while the following verse is being said/sung)

      We beseech Thee, therefore, to help Thy servants whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy precious blood.

      Make them to be numbered with Thy Saints in glory everlasting.

      O Lord, save Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance.

      And govern them, and exalt them for ever.

      Day by day, we bless Thee.

      And we praise Thy name for ever; yea, for ever and for ever.

      Vouchsafe, O Lord, this day, to keep us without sin.

      Have mercy on us, Lord; have mercy on us.

                                                             Let Thy mercy, O Lord, be upon us; as we have hoped in Thee.

                                                             In Thee, O Lord, have I hoped: let me never be confounded.


V.                                                         Blessed art Thou, O Lord, the God of our fathers.

R.                                                         And worthy to be praised, and glorified for ever.

V.                                                         Let us bless the Father, and the Son, with the Holy Ghost.

R.                                                         Let us praise and magnify Him for ever.

V.                                                         Blessed art Thou, O Lord, in the firmament of heaven.

R.                                                         And worthy to be praised, and glorified, and exalted for ever.

V.                                                         Bless the Lord, O my soul.

R.                                                         And forget not all His benefits.

V.                                                         O Lord, hear my prayer.


R.                                                         And let my cry come unto Thee.

V.                                                         The Lord be with you.

R.                                                         And with thy spirit.


Priest:                                                         Let us pray.

                                                             O God, whose mercies are without number, and the treasure of Whose goodness is infinite; we render thanks to Thy most precious Majesty for the gifts Thou has bestowed upon us: evermore beseeching Thy clemency that as Thou grant the petitions of those who seek Thee, Thou wilt never forsake them, but wilt prepare them for the rewards to come.

      O God, Who hast taught the hearts of the faithful by the light of the Holy Spirit: grant that by the gift of the same Spirit, we may be always truly wise, and ever rejoice in His consolation.

      O God, Who suffers none that hope in Thee to be overmuch afflicted, but dost lend a gracious ear unto their prayers; we render Thee thanks for having heard our supplications and promises; and we most humbly beseech Thee, that we may evermore be protected from all adversities. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, our Lord, Who lives and reigns with Thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God, world without end. Amen.

Priest: Period of silent Adoration.

“Speak, Lord, for Thy servant heareth.” (1 Kings 3:10)

            “Lord, what wilt Thou have me do?” (Acts 9:6)


Priest: Prayer for final perseverance.

All:     O Jesus, * my Savior, * my God, * by Thy Sacred Heart, * by the most pure Heart of the Virgin Mother, * by whatever is pleasing to Thee in heaven and on earth, * I beg and entreat Thee, * grant me holy perseverance, * grant me patience. * Give me peace and courage * that I may efficaciously employ the means which Thou has given.


All:     Sweet Heart of Jesus, * be my love, * Sweet Heart of Mary, * be my salvation. (3 times)


Priest: Closing prayer to the Blessed Sacrament.

All:     As this hour of adoration closes, O Jesus, * I renew my faith and trust in Thee. * I am refreshed after these moments with Thee, * and I count myself among a privileged number, * even as Thy disciples were, * who shared Thy actual presence.

Realizing that my visit to Thee is of little avail * unless I try to live a better life and set a better example, * I am resolved to go forth again to my duties and my concerns * with a renewed spirit of perseverance and good will. * In my daily life I will try to love and serve God well, * and love my neighbor also, * for these two things go together. * I will try to be a true disciple, indeed. * Help me, O Jesus, * in this my resolution.

Bless me, dear Lord, before I go. * And bless not me alone, O Lord, * but all as well who are here present, * and all who could not come, * especially the sick and the dying. * Bless our homes and all the children there. * Bless all our life and the hour of our death.

Grant rest to the souls of the faithful departed, * and bring them into the light of Thy divine glory. * So may we who have worshiped Thee * and been blessed by Thee here on earth, * come to behold the radiant glory * of Thy unveiled countenance in heaven for ever and ever. * Amen.

All:      Sacred Heart of Jesus, * Thy Kingdom come! (3 times)

Priest: For the intention of the Holy Father to gain the indulgences of the Holy Hour.

1 Our Father – 1 Hail Mary – 1 Glory be to the Father.


All:     O Sacrament most holy, * O Sacrament divine! * All praise and all thanksgiving * be every moment Thine! (3 times)

Benediction of the Most Blessed SacramentThe hymn Tantum Ergo is sung, during which It is incensed.

Tantum ergo Sacramentum,

Veneremur cernui:

Et antiquum documentum,

Novo cedat ritui:

Praestet fides supplementum

Sensuum defectui.

Genitori, Genitoque,

Laus et jubilatio:

Salus, honor, virtus quoque,

Sit et benedictio:

Procedenti ab utroque

Compar sit laudatio. Amen.


P:  Panem de caelo praestitisti eis.

All:     Omne delectamentum in se habentem.

P: Oremus. Deus, qui nobis sub Sacramento mirabili passionis tuae memoriam reliquisti: tribue, quaesumus, ita nos Corporis et Sanguinis tui sacra mysteria venerari: ut redemptionis tuae fructum in nobis jugiter sentiamus. Qui vivis et regnas in saecula seculorum. Amen.

Down in adoration falling,

Lo! the Sacred Host we Hail!

Lo! o’er ancient forms departing

Newer rites of grace prevail.

Faith for all defects supplying

Where the feeble senses fail.

To the Everlasting Father,

And the Son Who reigns on high,

With the Holy Ghost, proceeding

Forth from Each eternally,

Be salvation, honor, blessing, might and endless majesty. Amen.

P:Thou hast given them bread from heaven.

All:Having all sweetness within it.

P: Let us pray. O God, Who, under a wonderful Sacrament, has left us a memorial of Thy passion: grant us, we beseech Thee, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of Thy Body and Blood that we may ever feel in our lives the fruit of Thy Redemption. Who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen.

The humeral veil is now placed upon the shoulders of the Priest. He then ascends the steps of the Altar, takes the Monstrance containing the Blessed Sacrament in his hands and makes the Sign of the Cross over the people (benediction). Meanwhile the bell is rung by an acolyte, and the Blessed Sacrament is incensed by another while all bow in adoration as Benediction is given with the Blessed Sacrament.

Divine Praises

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 His Most Precious Blood.

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 Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse.

Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints.

All:      May the Heart of Jesus * in the Most Blessed Sacrament * be praised, adored and loved * with grateful affection * at ever moment * in all the tabernacles of the world * even to the end of time. Amen.

Concluding Hymn

      Holy God, we praise Thy Name!

Lord of all, we bow before Thee.

All on earth Thy Scepter claim.

All in Heaven above adore Thee.

Infinite Thy vast domain!

Everlasting is Thy reign!

      Hark! the loud celestial hymn

Angel choirs above are raising.

Cherubim and Seraphim,

In unceasing chorus praising,

Fill the heavens with sweet accord:

Holy, Holy, Holy Lord!