April/May/June 2012 Newsletter No. 128
“My strength and my courage is the LORD, and he has been my savior. He is my God, I praise him; the God of my father, I extol him.” (Exodus 15:2)
“It is important that the Eucharist be always at the heart of the life of the faithful.” “[Through] Eucharistic adoration, [we are] filled with profound gratitude to God for the great love He has given us, the love with which He binds us to Himself in a filial relationship.” (Pope Benedict XVI)
Lord, have mercy. R. Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. R. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. R. Lord, have mercy. Christ, hear us. R. Christ, graciously hear us. God the Father of Heaven, R. have mercy on us. God the Son, Redeemer of the world, God the Holy Spirit, Holy Trinity, one God,
Jesus, Eternal High Priest of the Eucharistic Sacrifice,
Jesus, Divine Victim on the Altar for our salvation,
Jesus, hidden under the appearance of bread,
Jesus, dwelling in the tabernacles of the world,
Jesus, really, truly and substantially present in the Blessed Sacrament,
Jesus, abiding in Your fullness, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, Jesus, Bread of Life, Jesus, Bread of Angels, Jesus, with us always until the end of the world,
Sacred Host, summit and source of all worship and Christian life, Sacred Host, sign and cause of the unity of the Church, Sacred Host, adored by countless angels, Sacred Host, spiritual food,
Sacred Host, Sacrament of love, Sacred Host, bond of charity, Sacred Host, greatest aid to holiness, Sacred Host, gift and glory of the priesthood, Sacred Host, in which we partake of Christ, Sacred Host, in which the soul is filled with grace, Sacred Host, in which we are given a pledge of future glory,
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
For those who do not believe in Your Eucharistic presence, R. have mercy, O Lord. For those who are indifferent to the Sacrament of Your love, For those who have offended You in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar,
That we may show fitting reverence when entering Your holy temple, R. we beseech You, hear us. That we may make suitable preparation before approaching the Altar, That we may receive You frequently in Holy Communion with real devotion and true humility
That we may never neglect to thank You for so wonderful a blessing,
That we may cherish time spent in silent prayer before You, That we may grow in knowledge of this Sacrament of sacraments,
That all priests may have a profound love of the Holy Eucharist, That they may celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in accordance with its sublime dignity,
That we may be comforted and sanctified with Holy Viaticum at the hour of our death, That we may see You one day face to face in Heaven,
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, R. spare us, O Lord. Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, R. graciously hear us, O Lord. Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, R. have mercy on us, O Lord.
V. O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, R. all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine.
Let us pray,
Most merciful Father, You continue to draw us to Yourself through the Eucharistic Mystery. Grant us fervent faith in this Sacrament of love, in which Christ the Lord Himself is contained, offered and received. We make this prayer through the same Christ our Lord. R. Amen.
Written by St. Peter Julian Eymard
Feast of Divine Mercy—April 15: Go to Mass, Adoration, Confession, & Pray the Chaplet!
Jesus specifically requested that the feast of Divine Mercy be celebrated on the second Sunday of Easter. This magnificent day illumines God’s greatest attribute, His Divine Mercy, which He manifests in the Holy Eucharist.“I desire that Adoration take place for the intention of imploring Mercy for the world,” revealed Jesus to Saint Maria Faustina of the Blessed Sacrament.
St. Bernadette, Lourdes Visionary and Nun, France (1844-1879)—April 16 “Take advantage of Our Lord’s presence to ask Him for all kinds of graces.” (St. Bernadette)
St. Louis Mary de Montfort, Priest, Missionary, France (1673-1716)—April 28
St. Louis de Montfort said of Eucharistic Adoration, “I would not give up this hour of thanksgiving even for an hour of Paradise.”
St. Gianna Beretta Molla, Wife, Mother, Doctor, Italy (1922-1962)—April 28
St. Gianna, a Catholic action member, was devoted to the Mass,Eucharistic Adoration and the Rosary, which inspired her to care for the poor, sick and lonely, and form the young in faith.Gianna was a holy wife, mother, and physician with a great love of Jesus, Mary, and children.When Gianna was pregnant with her fourth child she had fibrous tumors in her ovary and her Doctor wanted to terminate her pregnancy.Gianna refused, giving her unborn baby the gift of life. Gianna gave birth to a healthy daughter, and died soon after.
Pope St. Pius V, Dominican, Church Reformer, Italy (1504-1572)—April 30
Pope Pius V tirelessly worked to promote the true faith and Divine Worship.When forces sought to destroy Christianity in Europe at the battle of Lepanto, Pope Pius V instructed all Churches to hold 40 hours of Eucharistic Adoration and recite the Rosary. The Catholic faith was saved by prayer before Jesus in the Holy Eucharist and the offering of the Holy Rosary.
St. Joseph the Worker—May 1
“Saint Joseph served the Incarnate Word with perfect fidelity.Think of the lively faith which inspired his uninterrupted contemplation of the Divinity of the Christ Child; think of the love and faith with which he adored his God hidden in this little Child Whom he held in his arms and carried about always with the respect due to God.And when the Child had grown a little, notice how Joseph follows attentively everyone of His movements, His gestures, His acts, and His works.” (St. Bernardine) St. Joseph help us adore and serve Jesus!
St. Damien Joseph of Molokai, Apostle to the Lepers, Belgium (1840-1889)—May 10
“Damien, brother on the journey, happy and generous missionary, who loved the Gospel more than your own life, who for love of Jesus left your family, your homeland, your security and your dreams. Teach us to give our lives with a joy like yours, to be in solidarity with the outcasts of the world, to celebrate and contemplate the Eucharist as the source of our own commitment. Help us to love to the very end and, in the strength of the Spirit, to persevere in compassion for the poor and forgotten so that we might be good disciples of Jesus and Mary. Amen.” (Prayer)
Our Lady of Fatima—Feast, May 13
During Our Lady’s apparitions, at Fatima, she requested that we center our lives on the Holy Mass, Holy Communion, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament & the Holy Rosary; if we follow her requests she said, “In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph!”
The Ascension of The Lord—May 17
“He wished to remain among us even after His ascension into Heaven and, by a perpetual miracle, to continue in a mystical manner the mysteries of His earthly life and of His sacred Passion and death. This He accomplished by instituting the Most Blessed Sacrament. Oh, wondrous love, which compels the Son of God to remain continually with us on our altars! Truly, the mercy of our Redeemer has reached even to the depths of Divine love in order to give us this adorable Sacrament.” (The Blessed Sacrament: God With Us)
St. Rita of Cascia, Wife, Mother, Nun, Patroness of the Impossible, Italy(1381-1457)—May 22
“St. Rita, during the last four years of your earthly life, you drank the bitter cup of suffering on a bed of pain. Sickness wasted your body. You were sustained only with the Eucharistic Bread of the Saviour. Yet, in all this time, you uttered no word of complaint. Your peace and patience was admired by everyone who came to visit you. And when the hour of your death arrived, you joyfully breathed forth your soul to your loving Saviour. St. Rita, obtain for us also the courage to face life’s trials patiently. May we have the grace of a happy death in the embrace of Jesus, so that we may be happy with Him forever.” (From the novena to St. Rita of Cascia)
St. Philip Neri, Priest, Patron of Rome, Oratory Founder, Italy(1515-1595)—May 26
“Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and devotion to the Blessed Virgin are not simply the best way, but in fact the only way to keep purity. At the age of twenty nothing but Communion can keep one’s heart pure ... Chastity is not possible without the Eucharist.”
Pentecost Sunday—May 27
“We want this Year to arouse in every believer the aspiration to profess the faith in fullness and with renewed conviction, with confidence and hope. It will also be a good opportunity to intensify the celebration of the faith in the liturgy, especially in the Eucharist, which is ‘the summit towards which the activity of the Church is directed; ... and also the source from which all its power flows.’ At the same time, we make it our prayer that believers’ witness of life may grow in credibility. To rediscover the content of the faith that is professed, celebrated, lived and prayed, and to reflect on the act of faith, is a task that every believer must make his own, especially in the course of this Year.” (From “Porta fidei,” Pope Benedict XVI's Apostolic Letter declaring the Year of Faith, made public Oct. 17, 2011. The Year of Faith will take place from Oct. 11, 2012 - Nov. 24, 2013)
The Visitation of the Virgin Mary to Elizabeth—May 31:“Blessed is she who believed.” (Lk 1:45)
“This is the joy of the Visitation mystery: ‘in the tender compassion of our God" He continues to visit us in the Holy Eucharist that we may come to Him with confidence. As John the Baptist recognized Jesus hidden in the womb of Mary, the first tabernacle of the Lord, so now we recognize Jesus hidden in the Blessed Sacrament, the mystery of our faith. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and John leaped for joy in His presence then, as we rejoice in His presence now for here Jesus pours our His Spirit upon us in this Sacrament of infinite love.” (From the book Come to Me in the Blessed Sacrament)
The Most Holy Trinity—June 3
“The goal of the Eucharist is precisely, ‘the communion of mankind with Christ and, in Him, with the Father and with the Holy Spirit.’” (Bl. John Paul II, World Mission Sunday Message, 2004)
St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church, Patron of the Poor, Italy (1195-1231)—June 13 “His flesh and blood in the Sacrament of the Altar is our daily food.” (St. Anthony)
St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Patron of Youth, Jesuit Seminarian, Italy (1568-1591)—June 22 “Delight of the Blessed Virgin, Pray for us. Most chaste youth, Pray for us Desirous of the salvation of souls, Pray for us. Perpetual adorer of the Holy Eucharist, Pray for us.” (Litany)
St. Thomas More, Husband, Father, Ptn. of Lawyers, England(1478-1535)—June 22 “It is in Communion that I recollect myself. I have temptations many times a day; by daily Communion I get the strength to overcome them. I have much very important business to handle and I need light and wisdom; it is for this reason that I go to Holy Communion every day to consult Jesus about them.” (St. Thomas More)
St. John Fisher, Bishop and Martyr, England (1469-1535)—Feast, June 22 St. John wrote to someone who left the Church: “Had you but tasted one drop of the sweetness which inebriates the souls of those religious from their worship of this Sacrament, you would never have written as you have, nor have apostatized from the faith that you formerly professed.”
The Birth of St. John the Baptist—June 24:“Behold the Lamb of God!” Adore Him!
“We do well also to invoke the intercession of the Lord’s great precursor [St. John the Baptist], now adoring Him perpetually in this Sacrament. We should ask him to win for us a share in the joy that filled him even while still in Elizabeth’s womb.” (Fr. R. Foley, S.J.)
Sts. Peter and Paul—June 29
Archbishop Sheen said, “When I stand up to talk, people listen to me; they will follow what I have to say. Is it any power of mine? Of course not. St. Paul says, ‘What have you that you have not received and you who have received, why do you glory as if you had not?’ But the secret of my power is that I have never in fifty-five years missed spending an hour in the presence of our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. That’s where the power comes from. That’s where sermons are born. That’s where every good thought is conceived.”
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