|The Eucharist “is the great school in which we learn to see the face of God. We enter into an intimate relationship with Him, and we learn at the same time to turn our gaze towards the final moment of history, when He will satisfy us with the light of His face.” (Pope Benedict XVI, January 16, 2013, General audience)|
Come, Let us Adore the Ever Precious Blood and Body of Christ
Encounter that unifies God and man, Source and summit of our Christian life
Unifying Eucharist, you are adorable! All sweetness of life comes from you!
Christ, through you, O holy sacrament, Cooling spring of divine grace
ever present he is; Recreate anew our hearts,
human and divine, he draws us to him, Attract and draw all life to a life of charity.
Assuring that you and I abide in his love. Most blessed sacrament of the altar
Recognizable, indeed, he is under these sacred species. Essential spiritual food for our life
I and you my brother, my sister Nourish and strengthen whoever receives you,
Singing this wonderful and marvelous reality, Totally lost in your amazing majesty.
Tenderly and with respect come and let us adore him!
With you we rejoice and exult
Most precious blood and body of Christ our Lord, Eagerly we stare at you!
Oh heavenly banquet freely offered to us
Sanctify us from all iniquities, Ah, arise my brother, my sister,
To you humbly and with respect, Delightfully, on our knees, let us fall!
We come in adoration! Oh, let us fall in humble adoration
Blessed and precious, truly you are! Remembering the glorious king, always
Little, though is our faith, Encamped in the tabernacle for our good!
Engage our mind and spirit Yes, oh people of God, he is present
So that we may grow in faith and hope, Our Lord worthy of honor and glory
Serving you in perpetual adoration; Under this form of bread and wine.
Everlasting presence of a loving God, -Fr. Ghislain Muteteri, O.C.D.
Divine presence of God made flesh.
Holy Thursday—April 6:
“Our Lord Jesus Christ instituted the Holy Eucharist nineteen hundred years ago; and I hold that, on that memorable occasion, the thought of you, dear Eucharistic souls, brought sweet consolation to His most Sacred Heart. This is what we should do during our adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Whether it is in the daytime or at night, the hour of adoration should reproduce the beautiful scene of the Cenacle: John reclining at Jesus’ bosom.” (The Holy Eucharist, Rev. Jose Guadalupe Trevino)
Good Friday—April 7:
“Oh, my God, through the precious Blood of Jesus and His five wounds, grant me today give graces: the conversion of a sinner, the conversion of an unbeliever, the salvation of someone dying in peril of everlasting death; a vocation to the priesthood or to the religious life; and, for some new soul, the grace of entering into and savoring the mystery of the Eucharist.” (Prayer of Elisabeth Leseur, Servant of God)
Holy Saturday—April 8:
“During his passion Jesus was bound; He lost His liberty. In the Eucharist He is the one who binds Himself. He has chained Himself with the unconditional and perpetual chains of His promises....In the Eucharist...He has no movement, no action of His own, although He retains within Himself the fullness of the risen life.” (St. Katharine Drexel)
St. Gemma Galgani, Patroness of students and pharmacists, against temptations, Italy (1878-1903)—April 11:
“There is a school in Heaven, and there one has only to learn how to love. The school is in the Cenacle; the Teacher is Jesus; the matter taught is His Flesh and His Blood.” (St. Gemma Galgani)
Divine Mercy Sunday—April 16:
Jesus told St. Maria Faustina of the Most Blessed Sacrament: “My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the Fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. … Let no soul fear to draw near to Me. … It is My desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy.” (Divine Mercy in My Soul, 699) “Adore in the Most Blessed Sacrament My Heart, which is full of mercy.” (Diary, 145)
St. Anselm, Benedictine, Archbishop, Italy (1033-1109)—April 21:
“I adore and venerate you as much as ever I can, though my love is so cold, my devotion so poor. Thank you for the good gift of this your holy Body and Blood.” (St. Anselm)
St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier, Sisters of the Good Shepherd Foundress, France (1796-1868)—April 24:
“Draw near to our Lord, thoroughly aware of your own nothingness, and you may hope all things from His Goodness and Mercy. Never forget that Jesus Christ is no less generous in the Blessed Sacrament than He was during His mortal life on earth.” (St. Mary Euphrasia Pelletier)
St. Mark the Evangelist, Martyr, Disciple of Peter, Cousin of Barnabas, Patron of Lawyers—April 25:
“He took bread, and blessed, and broke it, and gave it to them, and said, ‘Take; this is My Body.’” (Mark 14:22)
St. Gianna Beretta Molla, Wife, Mother, Doctor, Italy (1922-1962)—April 28:
“The life of Mamma was an act and a perennial action of faith and charity; it was a non-stop search for the will of God for every decision and for every work, with prayer and meditation, Holy Mass and the Eucharist,” explained St. Gianna’s husband to their children after her death.
St. Louis Marie de Montfort, Priest, Missionary, Marian devotee, France (1673-1716)—April 28:
St. Louis used to remain after Holy Mass for thanksgiving at least a half hour, and he would not permit any need or assignment to serve as a reason for omitting it. He said, “I would not give up this hour of thanksgiving even for an hour of Paradise.”
St. Catherine of Siena, Virgin, Church Doctor, Patroness of Italy (1347-1380)—April 29:
“It was Catherine’s tremendous love of Jesus in the Eucharist that allowed her to go out to the poor and especially the very ill and to minister to them as she did. Wasn’t this the Eucharistic spirituality that Mother Teresa of Calcutta lived out, too — so that she could pick up the dying from the gutters of the slums, carry them to one of her clinics and care for them until they either got better or died with dignity? Love and devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist does that. They took very seriously the words of Jesus in Matthew 25: ‘Whatever you do to the least of my brethren you do unto me’” (v. 40). (“St. Catherine of Siena: Saint of the Eucharist,” Cynthia Trainque)
St. Joseph the Worker—Feast, May 1:
“St. Joseph, who by the sweat of your brow obtained the living Bread for your children, pray for us.” (St. Peter Julian Eymard)
Sts. Philip and James the Lesser, Apostles—Feast, May 3:
“You form a building which rises on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus Himself as the capstone. Through Him the whole structure is fitted together and takes shape as a holy temple in the Lord; in Him you are being built into this temple, to become a dwelling place for God in the Spirit.” (Ephesians 2:19-22)
St. Damien Joseph of Molokai, Apostle to the Lepers, Belgium (1840-1889)—Feast, May 10:
“Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is the most tender of friends with souls who seek to please Him. His goodness knows how to proportion itself to the smallest of His creatures as to the greatest of them. Be not afraid then in your solitary conversations, to tell Him of you miseries, your fears, your worries, of those who are dear to you, of your projects, and of your hopes. Do so with confidence and with an open heart." (St. Damien)
Bl. Imelda Lambertini, Virgin, Patron of First Communicants, Incorrupt, Italy (1322-1333)—Feast, May 12:
During Blessed Imelda’s time, children couldn’t receive Holy Communion until the age of twelve. “She prayed that Jesus would grant her wish and allow her to receive Him sooner…. To receive Jesus in Communion became the consuming desire of her heart. She would even sometimes exclaim: ‘Tell me, can anyone receive Jesus into his heart and not die?’ When Imelda was eleven years old, on the eve of the Ascension, she remained behind after Mass, praying silently in the chapel. As the other sisters began to leave the chapel, a great miracle occurred. Suddenly, a heavenly fragrance filled the air and a luminous host had emerged from the tabernacle and was hovering above Imelda’s head. The sisters told the priest and upon seeing the host, he knelt in adoration and received the host on the paten. He immediately gave Communion to Imelda. Upon receiving Jesus, Imelda was so overcome with joy that she had died in a loving state of ecstasy.” (Excerpt from Catholic Fire)
Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Our Lady of Fatima (1917)—Feast, May 13:
At Fatima, Our Lady taught the children to pray: “O most holy Trinity, I adore you. My God, my God, I love you in the most Blessed Sacrament.” Our Blessed Mother calls the whole world to receive and adore her Son in the Holy Eucharist. Mary, Mother of The Eucharist and our mother, please pray for the Eucharistic Reign of Jesus your Son throughout the whole world! A pamphlet, card, CDs, posters, and medals of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament and an Our Lady of Fatima prayer card and CDs are available through us.
St. Paschal Baylon, Patron of Eucharistic Congresses, Spain (1540-1592)—Feast, May 17:
“Kneel down! Do you not see on high the golden Chalice and the bright rays from the Host? It is the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. The Angels are adoring It. Come let us join our adoration to theirs.” (St Pascal Baylon)
The Ascension of the Lord—Solemnity, May 18:
“First begotten from the dead, Thou alone, our strong Defender, Liftest up thy people’s head.
Alleluia! Alleluia! Jesus, true and living Bread!
Life imparting heavenly Manna,/Smitten Rock with streaming side
Heaven and earth with loud hosanna/Worship thee, the Lamb who died.
Alleluia! Alleluia!/Risen, ascended glorified!” (Hymn).
St. Bernardine of Siena, Priest and Patron of Advertisers, Italy (1380- 1444)—Feast, May 20:
“Prayer is the best preparation for Holy Communion. Prayer is the raising of the mind to God. When we pray we go to meet Christ Who is coming to us. If our Creator and Savior comes from heaven with such great love, it is only fitting that we should go to meet Him. And this is what we do when we spend some time in prayer.” (St. Bernardine)
St. Rita of Cascia, Wife, Mother, Nun, Patroness of Impossible Cases, Italy (1381-1457)—May 22:
“Christ Jesus had stolen the heart of Rita–He alone possessed it. He made her heart His heart; and under the white veils of the Eucharist He was for her soul, as He is for all loving hearts, heaven upon earth.” (Fr M. Corcoran, OSA)
St. Philip Neri, Priest, Patron of Rome, Oratory Founder, Italy (1515-1595)—Feast, May 26:
“We may remember the example of St. Philip Neri, who had two altar boys with lighted candies go to accompany a man who had left the church right after his Communion. What a beautiful lesson! For the sake of good manners, if for no other reason, when a person receives a guest, he pauses to give his attention to him.” (Fr. Stephano Manelli)
Pentecost Sunday—May 28:
“In a way, every Mass is a little Pentecost. For in the second Eucharistic Prayer the priest says the following: Make holy, therefore, these gifts, we pray, by sending down your Spirit upon them like the dewfall.” (Stephen Beale)
The Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church—Feast, May 29: With Mary, let us adore Jesus Eucharistic!
The Visitation of the Virgin Mary to Elizabeth—Feast, May 31: “Blessed is she who believed” (Lk 1:45):
“When, at the Visitation, she bore in her womb the Word made flesh, she became in some way a ‘tabernacle’ – the first ‘tabernacle’ in history– in which the Son of God, still invisible to our human gaze, allowed Himself to be adored by Elizabeth radiating His light as it were through the eyes and the voice of Mary.” (St. John Paul II)
St. Justin Martyr, Philosopher, Lay apologist, writer (100 – 165)—Feast, June 1:
The earliest documentation of the Liturgies of the Eucharist and the Word co-joined is found in the First Apology written by St Justin Martyr in 150 AD. The liturgy that St Justin describes is so like our own as to be astonishing. It clearly includes the Offertory, Preface and Canon, Great Amen and Holy Communion.
The Most Holy Trinity—Solemnity, June 4:
“God is a perfect communion of love between Father, Son and Holy Spirit. At creation itself, man was called to have some share in God’s breath of life (cf. Gen 2:7). But it is in Christ, dead and risen, and in the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, given without measure (cf. Jn 3:34), that we have become sharers of God’s inmost life. (16) Jesus Christ, who ‘through the eternal Spirit offered himself without blemish to God’ (Heb 9:14), makes us, in the gift of the Eucharist, sharers in God’s own life. This is an absolutely free gift, the superabundant fulfilment of God’s promises. The Church receives, celebrates and adores this gift in faithful obedience. The ‘mystery of faith’ is thus a mystery of trinitarian love, a mystery in which we are called by grace to participate. We too should therefore exclaim with Saint Augustine: ‘If you see love, you see the Trinity’” (Pope Benedict XVI, Sacramentum Caritatis, 8).
St. Norbert, Apostle of the Eucharist, Patron of safe childbirth, Germany (1075 – 1134)—Feast, June 6:
In the twelfth century, the town of Antwerp in Belgium was led astray by a heretic. St. Norbert preached the truth of Jesus’ Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist and they were led back to the faith. Several miracles occurred when he celebrated Mass, including the healing of a blind woman when he breathed on her after receiving Holy Communion and the deliverance of a young girl from a demon.
St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church, Patron of the Poor, Italy (1195-1231)—June 13:
“The Bread of Heaven satisfies every taste and hunger.” (St. Anthony of Padua)
The Most Sacred Heart of Jesus—Solemnity, June 16:
“When we go to the Blessed Sacrament, let us trust in Jesus’ Sacred Heart, for it is truly present there.” “Jesus Christ, my Lord and my God, whom I believe to be really present in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, receive this most profound act of adoration to supply for the desire I have to adore You unceasingly, and in thanksgiving for the sentiments of love which Your Sacred Heart has for me in this Sacrament” (St. Margaret Mary Alacoque).
Immaculate Heart of Mary—Feast, June 17:
“As with prayer directed to the Father, so, too, when it is addressed to the Holy Spirit, a feast of faith and devotion beckons us, especially during adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. For the heart of Jesus beating there burns with love both divine and human—a love kindled within him by the Third Person. And his Eucharistic Heart is closely united with the Immaculate Heart of his mother—the masterpiece of the Holy Spirit” (Mary and the Eucharist, Fr. Richard Foley, S.J.).
Corpus Christi, The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ—June 19: Adore Jesus in the Holy Eucharist!:
“When, in adoration, we contemplate the consecrated Host. . .we discover the greatness of this gift, but we also discover the Passion, the Cross of Jesus and His resurrection” (Pope Benedict XVI, Corpus Christi, 6/15/06). “The feast of Corpus Christi is a propitious occasion to deepen one’s faith and love of the Eucharist . . . . [Nourish yourselves] frequently with the Body and Blood of Christ, our spiritual food. You will advance on the path of holiness.” The Eucharist is “support, light and consolation in trial and suffering.” Find in this sacrament “the spiritual energy to live the great love of Christ of which he gave us proof when giving us his Body and Blood.” “I invite the Christian community to join this ceremony of profound faith in the Eucharist which is the precious treasure of the Church and of humanity” (Pope Benedict XVI, 6/14/2006).
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