Ave Maria Meditations
My Daily Eucharist:
On awakening, make the sign of the cross.
On arising say: “O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine! All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment thine. Blessed be the Holy and Immaculate Conception of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God.”
Adore our Lord as your King who has called you today to work in his amiable service and for his honor and glory. Render him this day the homage of your mind, your heart, your body and your life for he deserves it all.
Thank our Lord for having kept you alive; thank him for all the graces received during your life (baptism, first communion, vocation). Rejoice at the honor and the happiness of spending this whole day in union with our Divine Lord in his Sacrament of love: such a day may be worth an entire life, the whole of Paradise.
Acknowledge your weakness and your defects in your particular vocation. Confess your offenses of yesterday. Detest the power of self-love, the feebleness of your will, the distractions of your mind. Promise our Lord that you will correct your ruling passion; foresee the occasions of relapse and the opportunities of practicing opposite virtues. Remember your resolution for this month and determine for yourself a certain penance in case of failure to keep it.
Ask our Lord for the grace of being more faithful today. Recommend yourself to the Blessed Virgin, to your Guardian Angel and begin work with the help of God’s grace.
Consecrate the whole day to our Eucharistic Jesus. Place yourself in spirit, in his presence and humbly adore him on his nearest throne of Perpetual Exposition or in the nearest Tabernacle.
O sweet Jesus, your goodness and your might have brought me to this morning’s light. Keep and preserve me every hour, from sorrow. sin, temptation’s power. Grant me your blessing, Lord, this day, on all I think and do and say. Jesus for your help I plead. Mary for me intercede.
After making this offering, form your intention to gain all the indulgences of the day. Then hasten to the church for your morning prayers, Holy Mass and Communion.
Most holy and adorable Trinity, one God in three Persons, I believe that you are here present; I adore you with the deepest humility and with my whole heart render to you the homage which is due to your sovereign majesty.
ACT OF FAITH
O my God, I firmly believe that you are one God in Three Divine Persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. I believe that your 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 you have revealed them, who can neither deceive nor be deceived.
ACT OF HOPE
O my God, relying on your infinite goodness and promises, I hope to obtain pardon of my sins, the help of your grace and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Redeemer.
ACT OF LOVE
O my God, I love you above all things, with my whole heart and soul, because you are all good and worthy of all my love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of you. I forgive all who have injured me and ask pardon of all whom I have injured.
Say the Our Father, Hail Mary and the Creed.
Adorable Jesus, my Savior and Master, model of all perfection, I resolve and will endeavor this day to imitate your example; to be like you, mild, humble, chaste, zealous, charitable and resigned. I will redouble my efforts that I may not fall this day into any of those sins which I have heretofore committed (here name any besetting sin), and which I sincerely desire to forsake. I have the intention to gain all the indulgences I can in favor of the poor souls in Purgatory.
O my God, you know my poverty and weakness, and that I am unable to do anything good without you; deny me not 0 God, the help of your grace, proportion it to my necessities, give me strength to avoid anything evil which you forbid and to practice the good which you have commanded and enable me to bear patiently all the trials which it may please you to send me.
O my God, in a spirit of adoration, thanksgiving, reparation and petition I offer you the actions and sufferings of this day in union with the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, in order to render to that adorable Heart dwelling among us, the debt of justice and love due to his august Presence, and moreover to offer to your Divine Majesty through him, with him and in him the glory that he himself renders you here on earth. Lastly, I make this offering to obtain by means of that Almighty Mediator peace for the Church, salvation for our country and all the other graces for which we call on you.
PRAYER FOR THE DEAD
May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Eternal rest give unto them, o Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen.
St. Peter Julian Eymard