I’ve found Fr Tesnière’s The Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament among the best guides for how to pray during one’s Visit. Here’s an example I find myself using often:
All creatures are under the necessity of praying to God, not only in order to obtain the help of which they stand in need, but also and chiefly to attest their absolute dependence upon the Creator by acknowledging that He is the sole Author and supreme Dispenser of all good things.
God receives the honor, glory and satisfaction which are His right when the creature prostrates himself in His presence, declaring by his prayer that he is of himself devoid of any good, incapable of any good, entirely at the mercy of God’s goodness. This homage brings glory to God, because man thereby confesses that he is not sufficient for himself, that he has no dependence upon himself. When he prays, he confesses that neither his intelligence is enlightened enough to lead him, nor his will strong enough to enable him to act right if God does not give him His graces of light and of strength. By prayer he also confesses that he cannot preserve life nor attain to happiness if God does not furnish him with means for doing so. To pray is therefore to acknowledge and proclaim that God is light and life, the perfect and universal Good, the Master of all things.
Now if God be glorified by the prayer of man, a poor and unworthy creature, how much more will He not be glorified by the prayer of Jesus Christ, at once God and man, and like to God, His equal in all things?
Well, it is in the Eucharist that Jesus renders to God this glory. The Son of God is humiliated therein in presence of the majesty of His Father. He prays to Him unceasingly, and it is the most humble of prayers, the most suppliant, pleading for the nothingness of the creature with the plenitude of God. He prays to Him in the name of all men, of whom He has the charge, through His title of supreme Pontiff and universal Mediator. He adores His Father, He acknowledges and proclaims that God alone is Goodness, Life, Truth, Perfection, Happiness; that all creatures have nothing, are nothing of themselves; and He supplicates Him to pour His plenitude into the bosom of all men, that they may live, be preserved, and attain to their last end.
Oh, what a sublime and touching prayer! God beholds upon all altars, in all tabernacles, His own Son debased, praying to Him night and day in the name of the whole earth! How could He be otherwise than honored, glorified, fully satisfied with this homage, of which the value is as infinite as the dignity of Him who renders it, and of which the duration is unending!
Let us draw near then to the altar; let us there behold, with the eyes of faith, Jesus Christ our Lord, present in person beneath the sacred species, humiliated in presence of His Father and praying to Him for the whole world; let us prostrate ourselves, let us adore Him, let us unite our prayer to His holy prayer; with Him and in Him, let us acknowledge that we are nothing and that we expect everything from God alone, because He is the infinitely good Author of all good things, which He will gladly bestow upon those who pray to Him.
It is in our interest and for our advantage that Jesus exercises in the Sacrament His ministry of supplication.
How touching He is in this attitude of a suppliant priest, of a mediator occupied in accomplishing in our name the duty of prayer. We may be sure that His prayer will be heard, that God the Father will be touched by it; is it not His Son, in whom is His greatest delight, His Best Beloved, who is praying to Him? Is He not the Priest who is holy, innocent, without spot, without sin, such as God wishes all His priests should be? Has He not added suffering and humiliation to His prayer, that He may render it more perfect? Does He not pray with the infinite love He has for His Father and the immense compassion He has for us?
When Jesus prays, the heart of God is filled with infinite satisfaction. His prayer is pure, humble, disinterested, ardent and persevering. What He asks above all things, are the glory, honor and more universal reign of His divine Father. All other supplications He makes subservient to these higher interests; it is His greatest wish that God may be better praised and adored by His finite creatures.
Unite, then, your prayers, with the greatest confidence, to those of the holy Pontiff of the altar; pray with Him, like Him, through Him, pray with His intentions and in His name; He calls you and desires to unite you with Himself in order to make of your prayer and of His but one prayer; be sure, then, that if you render yourself like unto Him in prayer, you will be blessed and heard like Him and on account of Him.
To be continued…