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News March 27, 2013

Holy Thursday - Eucharistic Adoration

Many parishes offer Eucharistic Adoration after the Celebration Mass of the Lord's Supper. Read more about this tradition and learn prayers for Eucharistic Adoration.

The Easter Triduum begins with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, reaches its high point in the Easter Vigil, and closes with Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday.

Many parishes offer Eucharistic Adoration after the Holy Thursday Mass. After the Mass, the altars are stripped, the holy water fonts are emptied, and the Blessed Sacrament is carried through the church in procession to a place of reposition. All the beautiful symbols of Christ's Presence in the tabernacle are removed to give us the sense of His entering most fully into His Passion.

Here are some prayers and hymns for Eucharistic Adoration. These are also availble in PDF form in English and Spanish.


O Salutaris (O Saving Victim)

O salutaris hostia,
Quae caeli pandis ostium:
Bella premunt hostilia,
Da robur fer auxílium.

Unitrinoque Domino
Sit sempiterna gloria:
Qui vitam sine termino
Nobis donet in patria.


O Saving Victim, op’ning wide
The gate of heav’n to us below!
Our foes press on from ev’ry side:
Your aid supply, your strength bestow.

To your great name be endless praise,
Immortal God-head, one in Three;
O grant us endless length of days
When our true native land we see.



Tantum Ergo (Come Adore)

Tantum ergo Sacramentum
Veneremur cernui:
Et antiquum documentum
Novo cedat ritui:
Praestet fides supplementum
Sensuum defectui.

Genitori, Genitoque
Laus et jubilatio,
Salus, honor, virtus quoque
Sit et benedictio:
Procedenti ab utroque
Compar sit laudatio.



Down in adoration falling
Lo! The sacred Host we hail;
Lo! O’er ancient forms departing,
Newer rites of grace prevail;
Faith for all defects supplying
Where the feeble senses fail.

To the ever lasting Father,
And the Son who reigns on high,
With the Spirit Blest proceeding
Forth from each eternally,
Be salvation, honor, blessing,
Might and endless majesty.



The Divine Praises / Litany of the Most Blessed Sacrament

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
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be Saint Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in his angels and in his saints.

May the heart of Jesus, in the Most Blessed Sacrament, be praised, adored, and loved with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time. Amen.