Eucharist Adoration and Benediction
While the celebrant is bringing the Eucharist to the altar the following or other suitable hymn may be sung by the congregation.
O salutaris Hostia,
Quae caeli pandis ostium:
Bella premunt hostilia,
Da robur, fer auxilium.
O saving Victim, open wide
The gate of heaven to us below.
Our foes press on from every side;
Your aid supply, your strength bestow.
Uni trinoque Domino
Sit sempiterna gloria,
Qui vitam sine termino
Nobis donet in patria.
To your 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.
The priest/deacon may lead the faithful in an act of faith.
The priest/deacon might read aloud a passage of Sacred Scripture.
The priest/deacon might offer a spiritual reflection or lead the faithful in prayers.
The priest/deacon will allow the faithful to pray and adore in silence.
During this period there should be appropriate prayers, songs, readings from scripture, and a brief homily to help the congregation focus its attention to the worship of the Lord. It is important to remember that the Eucharist is the “Real Presence” of Jesus Christ.
As the priest/deacon incenses the Blessed Sacrament the following hymn is sung:
After a period of meditation and reflection the celebrant goes to the altar, genuflects, and kneels. The following or another suitable eucharistic hymn is sung.
Tantum ergo Sacramentum
Et antiquum documentum
Novo cedat ritui:
Praestet fides supplementum
Down in adoration falling,
This great Sacrament we hail;
Over ancient forms of worship
Newer rites of grace prevail;
Faith will tell us Christ is present,
When our human senses fail.
To the everlasting Father,
Laus et jubilatio,
Salus, honor, virtus quoque
Sit et benedictio:
Procedenti ab utroque
Compar sit laudatio. Amen!
And the Son who made us free,
And the Spirit, God proceeding
From them Each eternally,
Be salvation, honor, blessing,
Might and endless majesty. Amen.
Priest: Panem de coelo praestitistieis. (Alleluia).
Priest: You have given them bread from heaven. (Alleluia).
People: Omne delectamentum in se habentem. (Alleluia).
People: Having all sweetness within It. (Alleluia)
Priest/Deacon: You have given them Bread from heaven (P.T. Alleluia)
ALL: Having all sweetness within it (P.T. Alleluia)
Priest/Deacon: Lord Jesus Christ, you gave us the Eucharist as the memorial of your suffering and death. May our worship of this sacrament of your body and blood, help us to experience the salvation won for us and the peace of the kingdom, where you live with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
The celebrant will then bless all present with the Eucharist.
Let us pray: O God, who in this wonderful Sacrament left us a memorial of Thy Passion: grant, we implore Thee, that we may so venerate the sacred mysteries of Thy Body and Blood, as always to be conscious of the fruit of Thy Redemption. Thou who livest and reignest forever and ever. R. Amen.
The priest/deacon stands up:
Deus, qui nobis sub
passionis Tuae memoriam
reliquisti: tribue, quaesumus,
ita nos corporis et Sanguinis
Tui sacra mysteria venerari,
ut redemptionis Tuae
fructum in nobis iugiter
sentiamus: Qui vivis et
regnas in saecula saeculorum.
Let us pray.
Lord Jesus Christ, You gave us
the Eucharist as the memorial of
Your suffering and death. May
our worship of this Sacrament of
Your Body and Blood help us to
experience the salvation You won
for us and the peace of the
kingdom where You live with the
Father and the Holy Spirit, one
God, forever and ever.
People: Amen. People: Amen.
The priest/deacon ascends the altar and then lifts the monstrance in the shape of a cross so that the faithful may receive Jesus’ blessing directly from Him.
When the priest or deacon has blessed everyone he then replaces the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle and genuflects. The following acclamation may be said at this time. This acclamation is called the 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 Spirit, 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 St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in his angels and in his saints.
Adoremus in Aeternum
Adoremus in aeternum sanctissimum Sacramentum.
Laudate Dominum omnes gentes: laudate eum omnes populi.
Quoniam confirmata est super nos misericordia ejus:
et veritas Domini manet in aeternum.
Gloria Patri, Filio, et Spiritui Sancto: Sicut erat in principio,
et nunc et semper, et in saecula sæculorum. Amen.
Adoremus in aeternum Sanctissimum Sacramentum.
We will adore for eternity the most holy Sacrament.
Praise the Lord, all ye nations: praise Him all ye peoples.
Because his mercy is confirmed upon us:
and the truth of the Lord remains forever.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Ghost:
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.
“We will adore for eternity the most holy Sacrament”. How appropriate is this hymn for Benediction, when we are all giving praise and adoration to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. This hymn is especially suited for such occasions of adoration and praise, who is deserving of all our love. It exalts and glorifies Him who should be glorified — for He alone is God, and because He made us, redeemed us, keeps us in existence, and gives each one of us so many graces every day. In heaven we will see this same God, not in a dark and veiled manner, but “then face to face”. We can then adore Him who we adored on earth, which is the hope we express by this hymn! If we will adore Jesus for eternity, then we must save our souls – therefore this hymn specializes in fostering sentiments of adoration and hope.