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Prayers to the Blessed Sacrament

Eucharistic adoration is central to Catholic spirituality. These prayers to Christ in the Blessed Sacrament are appropriate as post-Communion prayers and for visits to the Blessed Sacrament.

Act of Adoration
In this Act of Adoration, we thank Christ for His continued presence among us, not just through His grace but physically, in the Holy Eucharist. His Body is the Bread of Angels, offered for our strength and salvation.

For the Peace of Christ
In this prayer for the peace of Christ, composed by John Henry Cardinal Newman, we ask Christ in the Holy Eucharist to purify our hearts so that we may be filled with His love. It is a very good prayer to begin a period of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Anima Christi
This beautiful prayer, often said after receiving Communion, dates from the early 14th century. St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits, was particularly fond of the Anima Christi. The translation is by John Henry Cardinal Newman, one of the great converts to Roman Catholicism in the 19th century.

St. Thomas Aquinas' Prayer of Thanksgiving After Communion
This beautiful prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas reminds us that, while we are unworthy to receive Communion, Christ has still given us the gift of Himself, and His Body and Blood strengthen us to live a Christian life.

Faith in the Eucharist
In this Act of Faith in the Eucharist, we acknowledge Christ's Presence in the Blessed Sacrament and look forward to the day when we will not only believe but see Him in Heaven.

Petition Before the Blessed Sacrament
In this Petition Before the Blessed Sacrament, we acknowledge Christ's presence and ask Him for the grace to serve Him as we should.

Act of Love
This Act of Love, written by Saint Francis of Assisi, is an act of spiritual communion, and it can be prayed even when we aren't able to be physically in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.

An Offering of Oneself to Christ in the Eucharist
This Offering of Oneself to Christ in the Eucharist, written by John Henry Cardinal Newman, reminds us of the sacrifice that Christ made for us, in dying on the Cross, and asks Christ in the Blessed Sacrament to help us to dedicate our lives to Him. It is the perfect prayer to end a visit to the Blessed Sacrament.

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