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A LITANY OF REPARATION

A LITANY OF REPARATION

FOR RECITAL DURING ADORATION OR ANYWHERE ELSE

 

Lord, have mercy on us.

Christ, have mercy on us.

Lord, have mercy on us.

 

God, the Father of Mercy, – have mercy on us. (repeat after each line)

God the Son, Mediator between God and man,

God the Holy Spirit, Enlightener of hearts,

Holy and undivided Trinity,

 

O Sacred Host! Victim of reparation for the sins of the world,

O Sacred Host! Immolated on the altar for us and by us,

O Sacred Host! Despised and neglected,

O Sacred Host! Outraged by the blasphemies of men,

O Sacred Host! Neglected and abandoned in your temples, – have mercy on us.

 

Be merciful unto us, – spare us, O Lord.

Be merciful unto us, – hear us, O Lord.

 

For so many unworthy Communions, – we offer You our reparation, O Lord.

For the irreverence of Christians,

For the continual blasphemies of the impious,

For the infamous discourses made in Your holy temples,

For the crimes of sinners,

For the sacrileges which profane Your Sacrament of Love,

For the coldness of Your children,

For their contempt of Your loving invitations,

For the infidelity of those who call themselves Your friends,

For the abuse of Your grace,

For our unfaithfulness,

For our delay in loving You,

For our tepidity in Your holy service,

For Your bitter sadness at the loss of souls,

For Your long waiting at the door of our heart,

For Your loving sighs,

For Your loving tears,

For Your loving imprisonment,

For Your loving death, – we offer You our reparation, O Lord.

 

That You spare us, that You hear us, – we sinners beseech You, hear us.

That You will make known Your love for us in this Most Holy Sacrament, –

That You will vouchsafe to accept our reparation, made in the spirit of humility, – we sinners beseech You, hear us.

 

Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, – spare us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, – hear us, O Lord.

Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, – have mercy on us, O Lord.

 

(With Ecclesiastical Approbation – Archdiocese of Chicago)

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Posted by on July 2, 2018 in Litanies

 

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ST MARIA MICAELA DESMAISIERES – SHE WORKED WITH SEX WORKERS

ST MARIA MICAELA DESMAISIERES – SHE WORKED WITH SEX WORKERS

“A STORY OF DECEPTION, SHAME, ABUSE AND ECONOMIC HARDSHIP”

[On August 24] one of the Saints remembered by the Church is St Maria Micaela Desmaisieres. She was born in 1809 in Madrid, Spain. Her father was a high-ranking officer in the Spanish army and her mother was lady-in-waiting to the Spanish Queen, Maria Luisa de Parma. St Maria’s life unfolded in the circles of the Spanish and French nobility. She spent most of her young life accompanying her brother, the Spanish Ambassador Diego, to the Royal Palaces, parties, social gatherings and horse riding which were the order of the day for her.

During these years, St Maria was also searching to find the direction she should be going in later life. She loved to spend time before the Blessed Sacrament and it was here that she felt called to give herself to works of charity. At the age of 35, St Maria volunteered to work in the St John of God Hospital in Madrid, helping those who were sick. It was here that she met a prostitute, the only daughter of a banker, and listened to her story of deception, shame, abuse and economic hardship. St Maria then resolved to devote her life to the rescue and rehabilitation of prostitutes. She established a shelter where prostitutes could come for help and respond in a charitable way to their needs. On one occasion St Maria entered a brothel to rescue a girl held there against her will. Whilst there she was insulted and stoned, but St Maria left with the girl and then looked after her.

Eventually, St Maria moved out of her family house because she was now being slandered, defamed and threatened for her work with prostitutes. Her socialite friends avoided her now and she was told by so many that her work was hopeless and that she should stop. St Maria asked other women to help her in her work and in 1856 a congregation was formed known as the Sisters Adorers, Servants of the Most Blessed Sacrament and Charity. These sisters balanced adoration of the Blessed Sacrament with their work of redeeming prostitutes and girls at risk. After a few years these sisters had established ten houses in Barcelona, Valencia and Burgos. In 1860 Pope Pius IX approved the sisters as a Religious Institute of Pontifical Rights.

When a cholera epidemic broke out where she was living, St Maria refused to leave and stayed behind to nurse those women who were dying. She herself contracted cholera and died on 24th August 1865 at Valencia. St Maria was canonised a saint in 1934. Today her sisters also work in South America and Asia.

At the centre of St Maria’s spiritual and charitable life was her devotion to the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Another great saint, Francis of Assisi, said, “What wonderful majesty! What stupendous condescension! O sublime humility! That the Lord of the whole universe, the Son of God, should humble Himself like this under the form of a little bread, for our salvation. In this world I cannot see the Most High Son of God with my own eyes, except for His Most Holy Body and Blood.”

– From: Spiritual Thought From Fr Chris, August 2016

 

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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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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 know that the bread and wine is 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.”

 

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ARE WE TURNING TO GOD ONLY WHEN WE NEED SOMETHING?

A BREATH-TAKING QUESTION

“‘What wouldst thou have me do for thee?’ This is the question which Jesus put to the blind man who besought mercy of our Lord as He passed by on His way to Jerusalem. It was a breath-taking question. It was a blank check on the infinite power of God. ‘Anything you want you may have,’ Jesus is saying. ‘What is your choice?’

The blind man had his answer ready. He was obsessed by a single consuming desire – to be able to gaze upon the world about him. ‘Lord, that I may see!’ he begged. Instantly his prayer was granted. ‘Receive thy sight,’ Jesus replied, ‘thy faith has saved thee.’

‘THY FAITH HAS SAVED THEE’

If Jesus suddenly were to appear before us with a similar question, ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ what would our answer be? Better health? Success on the job? Money to pay off the bills? Solution of a personal or family problem?

It is to be hoped that we would have the discernment to pass over all such lesser needs and to ask for the gift which surpasses all others in importance: the grace of final perseverance, the grace of a happy death. ‘Lord, that I may love You, and love You to the end!’ This surely would be our answer if we had but one opportunity to draw upon God’s bounty.

Fortunately we are not limited to one opportunity. Jesus does not appear visibly before us, but His ears are permanently attuned to us. His invitation is never withdrawn, His benevolence is never exhausted. ‘What wouldst thou have me do for thee?’

JESUS’ INVITATION IS NEVER WITHDRAWN

God knows our wants, of course, even better than we know them ourselves. It would seem that in temporal matters the more perfect prayer of petition would be simply, ‘Give me whatever You know to be best for me, Lord; whatever is most in accord with Your will.’

Still, it pleases God to have us turn to Him in our particular needs. In every prayer of petition there is an implied act of adoration. By our requests we acknowledge God’s infinite goodness and power. We would not be turning to Him if we did not believe He cares for us and that He can help us.

GOD’S INFINITE WISDOM

If our entreaty is to be effective, however, it must also include an acknowledgement of God’s infinite wisdom. We must concede that, in the end, only God knows what is best for us and for those whose lives are intertwined with ours. His must be the final decision as to whether another grace must be substituted instead.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF PRAYER: THE HIERARCHY OF IMPORTANCE

As we well know, petitions are the least essential of our prayers. In the hierarchy of importance, prayers of adoration are at the top of the list. These are the prayers in which we salute God’s infinite greatness and holiness. We concede our own nothingness apart from Him. We assure Him of our faith in Him, our trust in Him and, above all, of our love for Him.

Next come prayers of thanksgiving for the love and the care which God has lavished upon us. Adoration and gratitude then naturally lead to prayers of contrition, as we grieve for our pettiness and our disobedience to a God so holy and good.

It is only after these three steps that we are prepared for prayer of petition. This does not mean that every time we give ourselves to prayer we must mechanically tick off praise, thanksgiving and contrition before daring to ask God for anything. It means only that we must maintain a sense of proportion in our prayers and not think that when we have asked for our daily bread, we can let the rest of the Lord’s prayer go by the board.

PRAYERS PLEASING TO GOD

In our petitions, too, there is a gradation of importance. Unselfish prayers, prayers offered for the needs of other persons, are especially pleasing to God. In praying for ourselves, it is our spiritual petitions which God most welcomes. When we plead, ‘Please, God, help me to keep from sin.’ ‘Please, God, help me to do Your will always,’ or ‘Please, God, help me to grow in love for You,’ there is no need to add the condition, ‘If it be Thy will’. In such petitions, we KNOW that our will is at one with God’s. Offered with sincerity and perseverance, these requests infallibly will be granted.”
– Fr Leo J. Trese, 1966

 

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HOLY THURSDAY EVENING MASS OF THE LORD’S SUPPER

With the celebration of Mass on the evening of Holy Thursday ‘the Church begins the Easter Triduum, and recalls the Last Supper, in which the Lord Jesus, on the night he was betrayed, showing his love for those who were his own in the world, gave his body and blood under the species of bread and wine, offering to his Father and giving them to the Apostles so that they might partake of them; he commanded them and their successors in the priesthood to perpetuate this offering’.

Careful attention should be given to the mysteries which are commemorated in this Mass; the institution of the Eucharist, the institution of the priesthood, and Christ’s command of brotherly love: the homily should explain these points.

The Mass of the Lord’s Supper is celebrated in the evening, at a time moreover that is convenient for the full participation of the whole local community. All priests may concelebrate, even if on this day they have already concelebrated the Chrism Mass or if, for the good of the faithful, they must celebrate another Mass.

Where pastoral considerations require it, the local Ordinary may permit another Mass to be celebrated in churches and oratories in the evening, and in the case of true necessity, even in the morning, but only for those faithful who cannot otherwise participate in the evening Mass. Care should nevertheless be taken to ensure that celebrations of this kind do not take place for the benefit of private persons or of small groups, and that they are not to the detriment of the main Mass. According to the ancient tradition of the Church all Masses without the participation of the people are on this day forbidden.

The tabernacle should be completely empty before the celebration. Hosts for the Communion of the faithful should be consecrated during that celebration. A sufficient amount of bread should be consecrated to provide also for Communion on the following day.

For the reservation of Blessed Sacrament, a place should be prepared and adorned in such a way as to be conducive to prayer and meditation; that sobriety appropriate to the Liturgy of these days is enjoined, to the avoidance or suppression of all abuses. When the tabernacle is sited in a chapel separated from the central part of the church, it is appropriate to prepare there the place of repose and adoration.

During the singing of the hymn ‘Gloria in excelsis’ in accordance with local custom, the bells may be rung, and should thereafter remain silent until the ‘Gloria in excelsis’ of the Easter Vigil, unless the Conference of Bishops or the local Ordinary, for a suitable reason, has decided otherwise. During this same period the organ and other musical instruments may be used only for the purpose of supporting the singing.

The washing of the feet of chosen men which, according to tradition, is performed on this day, represents the service and charity of Christ, who came ‘not to be served, but to serve’. This tradition should be maintained, and its proper significance explained.

Gifts for the poor, especially those collected during Lent as the fruit of penance, may be presented as the offertory procession, while the people sing ‘Ubi caritas est vera’.

It is more appropriate that the Eucharist be borne directly from the altar by the deacons or acolytes, or extraordinary ministers at the moment of communion, for the sick and infirm who must communicate at home, so that in this way they may be more closely united to the celebrating Church.

After the postcommunion prayer, the procession forms, with the crossbearer at its head. The Blessed Sacrament, accompanied by lighted candles and incense, is carried through the church to the place of reservation, to the singing of the hymn ‘Pange lingua’ or some other eucharistic song. This rite of transfer of the Blessed Sacrament may not be carried out if the Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion will not be celebrated in that same church on the following day.

The Blessed Sacrament should be reserved in a closed tabernacle or pyx. Under no circumstances may it be exposed in a monstrance.

The place where the tabernacle or pyx is situated must not be made to resemble a tomb, and the expression ‘tomb’ is to be avoided: for the chapel of repose is not prepared so as to represent the ‘lord’s burial’ but for the custody of the eucharistic bread that will be distributed in communion on Good Friday.

The faithful should be encouraged after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper to spend a suitable period of time during the night in the church in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament that has been solemnly reserved. Where appropriate this prolonged eucharistic adoration may be accompanied by the reading of some part of the Gospel of Saint John (ch. 13-17).

From midnight onwards, however, the adoration should be made without external solemnity, for the day of the Lord’s Passion has begun.

After Mass the altar should be stripped. It is fitting that any crosses in the church be covered with a red or purple veil, unless they have already been veiled on the Saturday before the fifth Sunday of Lent. Lamps should not be lit before the images of saints.
– Given at Rome, at the Offices of the Congregation for Divine Worship, 16 January 1988

 

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