This office is used as a separate devotion, after mass, or as part of another office, e.g. the Forty Hours Devotion. To begin the service, the priest approaches the altar with his attendants and kneels on the lowest step. After a brief personal prayer, the priest rises, the others still kneeling, and goes to the altar. He then spreads the corporal. After uncovering the monstrance, the priest opens the tabernacle and genuflects. He takes a Sacred Host from the ciborium and places it securely in the container within the monstrance. Once he does this, he places the monstrance in the center of the taber-nacle and genuflects.

As soon as he opens the monstrance, the Hymn O Salutaris Hostia is begun.


O saving Victim, opening wide

The gate of heaven to all us below:

Our foes press on from every side;

Thine aid supply, Thy strength bestow.


To Thy great Name be endless praise,

Immortal Godhead, One in Three!

O grant us endless length of days

With Thee in our true country.


Then the priest goes to the lowest step and takes incense (without blessing it). He puts it in the thurible, and then takes the thurible and kneels on the lowest step.


The priest then censes the Blessed Sacrament with three triple swings while the music continues. After the censing and O Salutaris Hostia are complete, there may be a litany, or a hymn, or some other devotion appropriate to the sea-son, feast, or occasion. Then shall follow, with all still kneeling, the Tantum ergo Sacramentum. During the beginning of the 2nd stanza, all should bow.


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.

(Here all should bow. If sung in Latin, it begins Genitori, genitoque.)

To the everlasting Father

And the Son who reigns on high

With the Holy Ghost proceeding

Forth from each eternally,

Be salvation, honor, blessing,

Might and endless majesty.


Still kneeling, the priest sings:

V: Panem de caelo praestitisti eis. (Thou has given them bread from heaven.)

R: Omne delectamentum inse habentum. (Having all sweetness within it.)

V: Oremus. (Let us pray.)

O GOD, who, under a wonderful Sac-rament, has left us a memorial of thy Passion : grant us, we beseech thee, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of thy Body and Blood that we may ever feel in our lives the fruit of thy Redemption. Who livest and reignest, world without end. Amen.

The priest then dons the humeral veil, ascends the altar, and takes the monstrance containing the Blessed Sacrament. The sign of the cross is made over the people with the Blessed Sacrament as Jesus Christ Himself, not the priest, blesses the people. As this is done, the acolyte rings a bell three times, and the thurifer incenses the sacrament with three triple swings.

The faithful bow as the sign of the cross is made over them with the Sacrament.

Then follow the Divine Praises. The people join the priest in saying this.



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.


The priest rises and goes to the altar, genuflects, and takes the Sacred Host from the mon-strance. He puts the host back into the cibor-ium, genuflects, and closes and locks the taber-nacle door. He replaces the corporal in the burse, and veils the monstrance before going to stand at the foot of the altar. As soon as the tabernacle door closes, the people all rise, and the choir sings the Laudate Dominum. After the first half of the Gloria Patri has been sung in the Laudate Dominum, the priest and servers may leave.


Praise the Lord, all nations;

Praise Him, all people.

For He has bestowed

His mercy upon us,

And the truth of the Lord endureth forever.

Glory be to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit;

As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end.









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