CHAPTER XXIV. A Prayer To Be Said When Thou Goest To Receive Our Lord’s Holy Body.
O Thou living fruit, Thou sweet blossom, Thou delicious paradise apple of the blooming fatherly heart, Thou sweet vine of
Cyprus in the vineyard of Engaddi, who will give me to receive Thee so worthily this day that Thou shalt desire to come to
me, to dwell with me, and never to separate from me! O unfathomable good, that fillest heaven and earth, incline Thyself graciously
this day, and despise not Thy poor creature. Lord, if I am not worthy of Thee, yet do I stand in
need of Thee. Ah, gentle Lord, art Thou not He who with one word created heaven and earth? Lord, with one word canst Thou
restore health to my sick soul. O Lord, do unto me according to Thy grace, according to Thy infinite mercy, and not according
to my deserts. Yes, Thou art the innocent Paschal Lamb, which at this day is still offered up for the sins of all mankind.
Ah, Thou sweet-tasting bread of heaven, which contains all sweet tastes according to the desire of everyone’s heart, make
hungry mouth of my soul to rejoice in Thee this day; give me to eat and to drink; strengthen, adorn, and unite me interiorly
to Thee. Ah, Eternal Wisdom, come down so powerfully this day into my soul, that all my enemies may be driven out of her,
all my crimes be melted away, and all my sins be forgiven. Enlighten my understanding with the light of true faith. Inflame
my will with Thy sweet love. Cheer up my mind with Thy glad presence, and give virtue and perfection to all my powers. Watch
over me at my death, that I may enjoy Thy beatific vision in eternal bliss. Amen.