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ALWAYS YOUNG, POWERFUL, EFFICACIOUS – FOR EVER!

ALWAYS YOUNG, POWERFUL, EFFICACIOUS – FOR EVER!

IN FINEM! FOR EVER!

Take ye and eat, for this is my Body which is given you, for today, tomorrow, and every day, even to the end. You will die, but the Eucharist will not die with you; you will leave it to the generations which will succeed you. The centuries will pass, one after another, but the Eucharist will remain, to console the dying, to nourish youth – for ever!

Always the same, always young, powerful, efficacious, always amiable, forceful, and vivifying; containing in itself the past, that is, Jesus the Eternal Word, and Jesus the Son of Mary – the present, the grace and supernatural life of the Church, – the future, that is, the glory of the reign of Christ, the seed of the resurrection, and the prize of a happy eternity – for ever!

– P. Tesnière

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GCSE: WHAT TOPICS TO DISCUSS WITH OUR LORD JESUS IN THE BLESSED SACRAMENT?

A QUARTER OF AN HOUR BEFORE THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

JESUS – REAL PRESENCE – ADORATION – HEAVENLY COUNSELLING – LISTENING

My child, it is not necessary “to know much” in order to please me; it suffices “to love me much.”

Address me as you would your mother, as if she were here and had you on her knee. Is there no one you desire to recommend to me? Tell me the names of your relations, your friends; after you mention each, add what you would wish me to do for them… Ask for very much. I love generous hearts who forget themselves for others.

Speak to me of the poor whom you wish to comfort, of the sick you have seen suffer, of the erring and sinful whom you desire to convert, of those who are estranged from you and whose friendship you wish to regain. For all say a fervent prayer. Remind me that I have promised to hearken to every prayer that comes from the heart; and are those prayers not heartfelt which we say for those we love and who love us?

“Have you not graces also to ask for yourself?” Write down, if you wish, a long list of your desires and of your soul’s wants. Then come and read it to me.

Tell me with simplicity how self-indulgent you are, how proud, how irritable, how selfish, how cowardly, how lazy, … and ask me to aid you in the efforts which you are making. Poor child, do not blush: there are countless saints in heaven who had faults such as yours, but they prayed to me, and corrected them by slow degrees.

Hesitate not also to ask me for gifts for body and mind – “health, memory, success…” I can grant everything, and I never refuse to give when the favours asked tend to render souls more holy. To-day, what do you wish for, my child? If you only knew how desirous I am to do you good!

Have you not plans which occupy you? If so, tell them to me in detail. Is it something about your vocation? What are you thinking of? What are your wishes? Is it some pleasure you are preparing for your parents, your family, or those upon whom you are dependent? What do you wish to do for them?

And for me – have you no thoughts of zeal, or do you not wish to effect some good in the souls of your friends or those who love you, but who perchance are forgetful of me? Tell me everything that interest you. What are the motives which influence you? what are the means you desire to use?

Make known your failures to me; I will show you the causes of them… Whom do you wish to interest in your endeavours? I am the Master of hearts, my child, and I lead them gently whither I will… I will give you all that you stand in need of, so be at rest.

Have you annoyances? If so, my child! relate them to me minutely. Who has caused you pain? Who has wounded your self-love? Who has treated you with contempt? Tell me everything, and all will end by your forgiving and forgetting… Then I will bless you! …

Do you fear some tribulation?

Is there in your soul some vague fear which, though unreasonable, torments you? Confide fully in my Providence… I am near you, I see all, I will not abandon you.

Are there persons about you less kind than they heretofore have been, or estranged from you, though you are not aware that you have done anything to wound them?… Pray to me for them, and I will restore them to you, if they are necessary to your sanctification.

Have you not some happiness to make known to me? Why do you not make me a sharer of your joys? Tell me all that has happened to you since yesterday – to console you, to gladden you, to cause you joy. What was it that did you good – an unexpected visit, a fear suddenly dissipated, a success you were fearful of not obtaining, a mark of affection, a letter, a souvenir received by you, a trial which left you stronger than you hoped? … It was I, my child, who did all that for you. Why do you not show your gratitude by saying frequently, I thank Thee? Gratitude multiplies favours, and the benefactor loves to be reminded of the good he has done.

Have you not promises to make to me? You know that I read the secret depths of your soul. Men may be deceived, but God never; be sincere, therefore… Are you resolved to no longer expose yourself to those occasions of sin? to drive from you those objects which do you harm? to give up the reading of books [and watching of media] which excite your imagination? to withdraw your friendship from those who are not pious, and whose presence disturbs the peace of your soul? Will you be kind immediately to the companion who has wounded you? … Well, my child, … go now; resume your daily labours; be silent, modest, resigned, and charitable; love sincerely the Blessed Virgin, and return to-morrow with a heart still more devoted and loving. I will then have new favours to bestow on you.

– From: Golden Grains, Eighth Edition, H.M. Gill and Son, Dublin, 1889

 

 

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‘O SACRAMENT MOST HOLY’ – SONGS / CHANTS DURING EUCHARISTIC EXPOSITION AND BENEDICTION IN ENGLISH AND LATIN

O SAVING VICTIM, O SALUTARIS

O Saving Victim, op’ning wide
The gate of heav’n to man below!
Our foes press on from ev’ry side:
Thine aid supply, thy strength bestow.
To thy great name be endless praise,
Immortal Godhead, One in Three;
O grant us endless length of days
in our true native land with thee.

O salutaris hostia,
Quae caeli pandis ostium:
Bella premunt hostilia,
Da robur fer auxilium.
Uni trinoque Domino
Sit sempiterna gloria:
Qui vitam sine termino
Nobis donet in patria.

COME ADORE, TANTUM ERGO

Therefore we, before him bending
This great Sacrament revere.
Types and shadows have their ending
For the newer rite is here.
Faith, our outward sense befriending
Makes the inward vision clear.
Glory let us give, and blessing
To the Father and the Son,
Honour, might, and praise addressing
While eternal ages run,
Ever too his love confessing
Who, from both, with both is one.

Tantum ergo Sacramentum
Veneremur cernui:
Et antiquum documentum
Novo cedat ritui:
Praestet fides supplementum
Sensuum defectui.
Genitori Genitoque
Laus et jubilatio,
Salus, honor, virtus quoque
Sit et benedictio:
Procedenti ab utroque
Compar sit laudatio.

PRAYER:

– You gave them bread from heaven
– Containing in itself all goodness.
– Let us pray.
Lord Jesus Christ,
You gave us the Eucharist
as the memorial of your suffering and death.
May our worship of this sacrament of your Body and Blood
help us to experience the salvation you won for us
and the peace of the kingdom
where you live with the Father and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
– Amen.

– Panem de caelo praestitisi eis.
– Omne delectamentum in sei habentem.
– Oremus.
Deus,
qui nobis sub sacramento mirabili
passionis tuae memoriam reliquisti,
tribue, quaesumus,
ita nos Corporis et Sanguinis tui
sacra mysteria venerari,
ut redemptionis tuae
fructum in nobis
jugiter sentiamus.
Qui vivis et regnas
in saecula saeculorum.
– Amen.

DURING REPOSITION:

O Sacrament most holy, O Sacrament divine!
All praise, and all thanksgiving,
Be every moment thine!

OR:

Let us adore forever the most holy Sacrament.
O praise the Lord, all you nations:
acclaim him, all you peoples.
For his mercy is confirmed upon us:
and the truth of the Lord remains for ever.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit.
As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end. Amen.

Let us adore forever…

Adoremus in aeternum
sanctissimum Sacramentum.

Laudate Dominum, omnes gentes:
laudate eum omnes populi.
Quoniam confirmata est super nos
misericordia ejus:
et veritas Domini manet in aeternum.
Gloria Patri, Filio, et Spiritui Sancto.
Sicut erat in principio,
et nunc et semper
et in saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Adoremus…
Or: LET US ADORE, ADOREMUS

 

SOME EUCHARISTIC MIRACLES

1. LANCIANO, ITALY:

8th century A.D.: At the time of this Eucharistic miracle, heresy was spreading in the Church regarding the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. A priest has doubts about the Real Presence; however, when he consecrates the Host it transforms into flesh and blood. This miracle has undergone extensive scientific research and can only be explained as a miracle. The flesh is actually cardiac tissue which contains arterioles, veins, and nerve fibres. The blood group, as in all other approved Eucharistic miracles is type AB!

2. BLANOT, FRANCE:

March 31, 1331: The Eucharist falls out of a woman’s mouth unto an altar rail cloth. All that remains is a large spot of blood the same size and dimensions as the Host.

3. BOLSENA-ORVIETO, ITALY:

1263: Again, a priest has difficulties believing in the Real Presence, and blood begins seeping out of the Host upon consecration. Because of this miracle, Pope Urban IV commissioned the feast of Corpus Christi, which is still celebrated today.

4. SANTAREM, PORTUGAL:

1247: A woman whose husband was unfaithful unfortunately sought advice from a sorceress. The witch promised to help her if the woman would bring her a consecrated Host. Because she was so blinded by her worries and yet knowing this was a gravely wrong thing to do, the woman did as the sorceress had instructed her. She received Holy Communion but did not consume it. On the way to the sorceress, she noticed that the Host began to bleed. Fear overcame her, and she wrapped the Host in a veil and put it in a trunk in her home. During the night, she and her husband were awakened by a bright light coming from the trunk which illuminated the room. The wife told her husband of the incident. Both spent the night on their knees in adoration. A priest was called and took the Host back to the church and sealed it in melted beeswax.

5. BAGNO DI ROMAGNA, ITALY:

1412: this Eucharistic miracle occurred in the small town of Bagno di Romagna as a priest was celebrating Holy Mass and doubting in the True Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist. After consecrating the wine, he looked in the chalice and was shocked to see wine turned to blood. It began to bubble out of the chalice and onto the corporal (altar cloth). Shaken by the event, the priest prayed for forgiveness and lived with great devotion to Jesus in the Eucharist. In 1958, an investigation confirmed the corporal contained human blood and still retained the properties of blood nearly 600 years later. Perhaps the Blood was bubbling to show us that Jesus is alive in the Eucharist. We reflect on how we need to change after receiving Him, letting Jesus become alive in us and filling us with the power of the Holy Spirit.

6. SIENNA, ITALY:

August 17, 1730. Consecrated Hosts remain perfectly preserved for over 250 years. Rigorous scientific experiments have not been able to explain this phenomenon.

 

THE STORY OF THOR – CONVERTED BY JESUS CHRIST IN THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

This is the real life story of a boy named Thor, he is a man now and he lives among us today in a country in Central Europe. You wonder perhaps why he is called something like “Thor” in Central Europe, where usually no one is named after the Nordic god of thunder, a pagan deity. That’s because his parents had turned away from their Christian upbringing, thinking themselves far too clever and sophisticated to believe in God.

Thor’s story is an example of the doom and gloom children have to go through when their atheist parents bring them up without faith.

Anyway,although in every respect a ‘normal’ child, Thor was taunted left, right and centre during his childhood and adolescence, for his awkwardness. This is cruel, we might say, but you know how cruel children can be when a child in their midst doesn’t somehow seem to fit in. Thor had nobody whom he knew to love him for who he was, his parents were strict, he was not allowed to even mention the word ‘God’ at home, and he was smacked a lot. He felt he could not do anything right for anybody, he was always an outsider, he was never given praise…looking back as an adult Thor says his whole life went in a blur, he couldn’t make heads or tails of it.

As a young adult, he did studies, and he worked in various white collar jobs; still always feeling he did not belong, always at a loss for what the world was about. He had left home already before his parents got divorced (as we know, it is a sad fact that statistically couples who do not believe and do not pray break up much more frequently – confirming the age-old truth, “Couples who pray together stay together”).

But now I’d like to come to the point that heralds the happy end in Thor’s sad story. He did have a job in his late twenties which involved collecting data for surveys. So there was Thor, around midday, in a provincial town, clipboard at the ready, asking passers-by to complete the questionnaires. Then the flow of people thinned out and stopped altogether.

The skies had darkened, heavy leaden clouds blocked out the daylight…it looked menacing…raindrops as heavy as bullets started to fall, increasing in number, drumming on the pavement, until in no time the rain pelted down with unbelievable force. Thor hastily moved along the deserted street…thunder rent the air, now for the lightning…Thor, dripping wet, flung his head to the left, to the right…no shelter whatsoever! Now he started to panic…no-one was about, everything deserted…where to shelter? Another bolt of lightning flashed across the sky, for seconds the sky was brightly illuminated – there! yards away was a heavy wooden door – a Church! Thor made for the door, pulled the handle, water dripping from his hand and arm – the door gave way – and Thor stepped into the Church.

The solid door closed behind him, Thor was in a Church.
The roar of the torrential rain, the thunder, the lightning, all was left behind. All Thor heard now was the low, barely audible hum that you perceive in churches. Here and there were people kneeling in the pews, praying silently…it was absolutely quiet but for the constant humming noise.

Thor gingerly stepped forward into the aisle…hesitatingly sat down in one of the pews… His gaze met the Tabernacle in front on the altar and it rested there.

People praying had left, other faithful had come and gone for prayers, still others were now dotted about the Church, kneeling in the pews… Hours later, Thor was still sitting in the same spot where he’d first sat down, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, transfixed…

From that day, he went back to the Tabernacle every day. Before work, during lunchbreak… Thor did not go to get coffee or a sandwich. Thor went into the Church to sit with Jesus.

This is how Thor got converted: by Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Within months, he joined classes and became Catholic. He says since then he knows what life is about. He now knows that he is loved. He now knows that he is a member of the worldwide Catholic family. And he prays for his parents every day, and for all who feel like outsiders because they do not yet know Jesus.

 

THINGS TO DO DURING EUCHARISTIC ADORATION

WHAT IS EUCHARISTIC ADORATION?

Eucharistic adoration is the act of worshipping God as He is present in the consecrated Eucharist. Since the Last Supper, when Jesus broke the bread and distributed the wine, saying, “This is my Body” and “This is my Blood”, Catholics have believed that the bread and wine are no longer merely baked wheat and fermented grape juice, but the actual living presence of the Second Person of the Trinity. Spending time before the Blessed Sacrament, in prayer and devotion, is exactly the same as spending time before the living God. Adoration occurs whenever someone kneels in front of a tabernacle that contains the Blessed Sacrament, genuflects towards a tabernacle, bows before receiving the Blessed Sacrament at Mass, or, in a more focused way, when the Blessed Sacrament is exposed for adoration.

THINGS TO DO DURING EUCHARISTIC ADORATION:

Fr Benedict Groeschel points out in “In the Presence of Our Lord: The History, Theology, and Psychology of Eucharistic Devotion” that there are ‘four kinds of prayer most appropriate in the presence of the Eucharist, namely adoration and praise, thanksgiving, repentance, and trusting intercession’. Here are suggestions what to do during private Eucharistic adoration.

1. PRAY THE PSALMS OR THE LITURGY OF THE HOURS
Whether you are praising, giving thanks, asking for forgiveness, or seeking an answer, you’ll find an appropriate psalm. The ancient prayer of the Church called the Liturgy of the Hours presents an excellent way to pray through the Book of Psalms throughout the year.

2. RECITE THE “JESUS PRAYER”
Say “Lord Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner”, repeatedly as you quiet your heart and mind.

3. MEDITATE USING SCRIPTURE
Choose a passage from the Bible. Read the words and ask God to let the passage speak to you. Pay special attention to anything that strikes you and ask God what He wishes for you to draw from that passage.

4. READ THE LIFE OF A SAINT AND PRAY WITH HIM OR HER
Most holy men and women have a great devotion to Our Lord in the Eucharist. Therese of Lisieux, Catherine of Siena, Francis of Assisi, Thomas Aquinas, Peter Julian Eymard, Dorothy Day, Mother Teresa of Calcutta, and Baroness Catherine de Hueck are just a few. Read about them and pray their prayers before the Blessed Sacrament.

5. POUR OUT YOUR HEART TO CHRIST AND ADORE HIM
Speak to Jesus, aware that you are in His presence, and tell Him all that comes to your mind. Listen for His response. Pray the prayer that St Francis instructed his brothers to pray whenever they were before the Blessed Sacrament: “I adore you, O Christ, present here and in all the churches of the world, for by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.”

6. ASK FOR FORGIVENESS AND INTERCEDE FOR OTHERS
Think of those who have hurt you and request a special blessing for them. Ask God to forgive you for all the times you have neglected or hurt someone else. Bring before the Blessed Sacrament all those who have asked you to pray for them. Ask the Lord to address their concerns.

7. PRAY THE ROSARY
Pope John Paul II reminds us, “…is not the enraptured gaze of Mary as she contemplated the face of the newborn Christ and cradled him in her arms that unparalleled model of love which should inspire us every time we receive Eucharistic Communion?” (The Church and the Eucharist, 55) Ask Mary to join you as you gaze on Christ in the Eucharist and as you pray the Rosary.

8. SIT QUIETLY AND JUST “BE” IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD
Think of a visit to the Blessed Sacrament as coming to see your best friend. Sit quietly and enjoy being in each other’s company. Instead of talking to the Lord, try listening to what He wants to tell you.

 

ABIDING IN CHRIST THROUGH ADORATION – “SPIRITUAL PHOTOSYNTHESIS”

“Form the habit of visiting Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament during the day. Let your visit last only for a moment if you have little time, but make it daily.”
– Don Bosco

“On Holy Thursday 1999, in his letter to Priests, the Holy Father John Paul II declared: “The Eucharistic Liturgy is a preeminent school of Christian prayer for the community. The Mass opens up a wide variety of possibilities for a sound pedagogy [art of teaching] of the spirit. One of these is adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, which is a natural prolongation of the Eucharistic celebration. Through adoration, the faithful can enjoy a particular experience of ‘abiding’ in the love of Christ (see John 15:9), entering ever more deeply into His filial relationship with the Father.”

In his Holy Thursday letter to Priests 1980, the Holy Father John Paul II stated: “Adoration of Christ in this Sacrament of love must find its expression in diverse forms of Eucharistic devotions: personal prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, hours of adoration; short, prolonged, annual exposition. … The encouraging and the deepening of Eucharistic worship are proof of that authentic renewal that the Council gave itself for a goal, and they are its central point… Jesus awaits us in this Sacrament of love. Let’s not be stingy with our time to go to meet Him in faith-filled adoration and in contemplation full of faith.”

Father Rainiero Cantalamessa, the Capuchin monk who preached Advent and Lent retreats to the members of the Papal Household, noticed that we are witnessing the rebirth of a deep need of Eucharistic adoration, of remaining, like Mary of Bethany, at the feet of the Master (see Luke 10:39). We are rediscovering that the Mystical Body of Christ, which is the Church, cannot be born and develop otherwise than around its real body, which is the Eucharist.

He went on to say that it is in this sense we’re saying that the Eucharist “makes” the Church by means of contemplation. As we remain calm and silent, possibly for a long period, before Jesus in the Sacrament, it is His wishes in our regard that are perceived, it is our own plans that are given up to make way for those of Christ; it is God’s light that, little by little, penetrates into the heart and heals it again.

There happens something that reminds us of what happens on trees in the springtime, and that is, the process of photosynthesis. From the branches there bud forth little leaves that, at first, are very, very pale; but simply by being exposed to the light of the sun, they absorb oxygen, become green, and make the whole plant “breathe”. Without those little leaves a tree would remain a dry trunk and would not be able to bring its fruit to maturity.

This is a symbol of Eucharistic souls; Eucharistic souls, by contemplating [looking with deep concentration on] “the Sun of Righteousness”, Christ Jesus, “absorb” His Spirit and transmit Him to the whole big tree which is the Church; they are like so many little leaves that make the plant “breathe”. In other words, it’s what the Apostle Paul says when he writes in 2 Corinthians 3:18:

“But we all, with unveiled faces beholding [reflecting] the Lord’s glory as a mirror [in Greek the word has the sense of “contemplating”], are being transformed into the same image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”

This contemplation of the Eucharistic Lord, radiating upon us with the rays of His mercy, likewise serves to purify the Church, and all the souls that compose her, so that He can present her to himself radiant, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless (see Ephesians 5:27).
– Eucharistic Apostles of The Divine Mercy