The Litany to the Blessed Host was composed by Saint Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun and mystic who lived in the early 20th century. Saint Faustina is known for her devotion to the Divine Mercy, which she believed was revealed to her through visions and messages from Jesus Christ.
Saint Faustina endured significant physical and spiritual suffering during her life. However, she found solace in offering her suffering for the souls of all who suffer, especially for sinners in need of God's mercy. Saint Faustina's devotion to the Blessed Sacrament provided her with the strength to bear her pain.
In her diary, which contains her spiritual insights and experiences, Saint Faustina wrote about her profound love for Jesus in the Eucharist. The Litany to the Blessed Host, found in her diary, is believed to have been inspired by her experiences of prayer and contemplation before the Blessed Sacrament. She composed the Litany to the Blessed Host as a prayer to be recited while in the presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist.
The prayer reflects Saint Faustina's deep devotion to Jesus Christ in the Eucharist, and her desire for union with Him in this sacrament. The language of the prayer is poetic and beautiful, expressing the longing of the soul for the divine presence of Christ.
Litany to the Blessed Host
O Blessed Host, in golden chalice enclosed for me,
That through the vast wilderness of exile I may pass
Pure, immaculate, undefiled;
Oh, grant that through the power of Your love
This might come to be.
O Blessed Host, take up Your dwelling within my soul,
O Thou my heart’s purest love!
With Your brilliance the darkness dispel.
Refuse not Your grace to a humble heart.
O Blessed Host, enchantment of all heaven,The Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska
Though Your beauty be veiled
And captured in a crumb of bread,
Strong faith tears away that veil.