The prayer can be prayed before entering into a time of meditation.
A prayer found in the St. Vincent’s Manual from 1856 can assist those who are struggling to put themselves in the presence of God. The prayer is described as a “Prayer before Meditation” and guides the mind and heart while trying to achieve this visualization.
My God, my Creator, my last End and my All! I firmly believe that thou art here present;— that I am in thee, and that thou art in me;—that thy eyes are fixed on me, as if I were the only one in the world. I adore thee, O my God! with the most profound respect of which I am capable, and unite this adoration to that which thou receivest from thy Angels and Saints in heaven, and faithful on earth.
Adorable Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit! I consecrate to thee my memory, understanding and will. Grant me, I most humbly beseech thee, the attention, lights and affections, necessary to profit by this meditation.
O my most amiable Savior! Permit me to unite myself to thee, and to pray in thy name. O my Blessed Virgin Mother, my holy Angel, holy patrons and patronesses, assist me.
In particular, sit with that one line, envisioning God looking at us “as if I were the only one in the world.”
Stay with that image for a few minutes and then begin your time of meditation.
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