Lord stay with us. These words were spoken for the first time by
disciples of Emmaus.
Subsequently in the course of the centuries they have
been spoken, an infinite
number of times, by the lips of so many of Your
disciples and confessors,
of Rome and first servant of this temple, which stands on the place of
St. Peter's martyrdom, I speak the same words today.
them to invite You, Christ, in Your Eucharistic Presence to accept
the daily adoration continuing
through the entire day, in this temple, in this
basilica, in this chapel.
with us today and stay, from now on, every day, according to the desire
of my heart, which accepts the appeal of so many hearts from various parts,
sometimes far away, and above all meets the desire of so many inhabitants
of the Apostolic See.
That we may meet You in the prayer of adoration and thanksgiving, in the
prayer of expiation and petition, to which all those who visit this
basilica are invited.
You Who are at one and the same time veiled in the Eucharistic Mystery
of Faith and are also revealed under the species of bread and wine, which
You have assumed in this Sacrament.
That Your presence in this temple may incessantly be reconfirmed, and that
all those who enter here may become aware that it is Your house, "the dwelling
of God with men" (Rev. 21:3) and, visiting this basilica, may find in it
the very source of life and holiness that gushes forth from Your Eucharistic
day, O Lord, You asked Peter: "Do you love Me?" You asked him three
times - and three times the Apostle answered: "Lord, You know everything,
You know that I love You." (Jn 21:15-17)
the answer of Peter, on whose tomb this basilica was erected, be
expressed by this daily
and day-long adoration which we have begun today.
the unworthy successor of Peter in the Roman See - and all those who take
part in the adoration of Your Eucharistic Presence - attest with every
visit of theirs and make ring out again the truth contained in the Apostle's
words: "Lord You know everything; You know that I love You." Amen.