Visits to the Blessed Sacrament and the Blessed Virgin Mary by Saint Alfonso Maria de Liguori
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Booklet, 72 pages
Published 1985 by Liguori Publications
First published 1745
A truly wonderful devotional to help you pray during Eucharistic Adoration or simply in front of the Tabernacle on any day. Written in 1745 by Saint Alphonsus Liguori in Italian, this translation has been kept as specific as possible to the original but tries to "transpose the genius of the Italian language into the American idiom". The booklet is stamped with an Imprimatur. There are 31 "Visits" included here, one for each day of a month. Each devotion contains a few prayers which are identical every day and two which are specific to each day's particular reading.
A visit proceeds as follows: Introductory prayer (the same every day), The Visit (there are 31 of these, each praises the Lord, tells stories and speaks of the Host actually being Our Lord), Spiritual Communion (the same every day. The prayers starts "My Jesus, I believe You are really here in the Blessed Sacrament."), a "Visit with Mary" (there are 31 of these and though they are brief each one pronounces the glory of the whys of adoration of Mary and a prayer directly to her. And finally, the Concluding Prayer which is the same every day and is a consecration prayer to Mary.
I'm thinking this can be used two ways, one, as obviously intended to visit the Blessed Sacrament and recite the prayer devotion every day for a month. Or two, when you have time to stay behind after Mass or visit a Church that is open to the public continually visit the Blessed Sacrament and recite the prayer devotion for whatever number of the month it is, for example on July 4th you would read "The Fourth Visit.". Of course, thirdly, the book would be useful for participation in Eucharistic Adoration.
A magnificent prayer booklet which I have just put in my purse and hope to put into practice right away!