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ST PASCHAL BAYLON – AFTER HE HAD PASSED AWAY, HE OPENED HIS EYES TWICE AT HOLY MASS

ST PASCHAL BAYLON – AFTER HE HAD PASSED AWAY, HE OPENED HIS EYES TWICE AT HOLY MASS

ST PASCHAL BAYLON, CONFESSOR; MEMORIAL: MAY 17

Paschal Baylon was born of poor and devout parents at Torre-Hermosa in Aragon, and as a boy and young man was a shepherd. He later took up a harder life, and entered the Friars Minor, always pondering how he could conform more and more to Christ Crucified.

On fire with a spirit of loving devotion towards the Holy Eucharist

He had dedicated himself to the Virgin Mother of God from his childhood, and every day honoured her as his own mother with filial devotions. He was constantly on fire with a spirit of loving devotion towards the Eucharist, which he kept even in death. When laid out on his bier he opened and closed his eyes twice at the elevation of the Host, and astonished everyone present. He died full of merit in 1592. Leo XIII declared him special patron of Eucharistic congresses and of all societies under the patronage of the Holy Eucharist.

– From: An Approved English Translation of the Breviarium Romanum, Burns & Oates, London, 1964

 

 

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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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WE PRAY THEE, HEAVENLY FATHER (HYMN)

We pray thee, heavenly Father,

To hear us in thy love,

And pour upon thy children

The unction from above;

That so in love abiding,

From all defilement free,

We may in pureness offer

Our Eucharist to thee.

 

All that we have to offer,

For it is all thine own,

All gifts, by thine appointment,

In bread and cup are shown;

One thing alone we bring not,

The wilfulness of sin,

And all we bring is nothing

Save that which is within.

 

Within the pure oblation,

Beneath the outward sign,

By that his operation, –

The Holy Ghost divine, –

Lies hid the sacred Body,

Lies hid the precious Blood,

Once slain, now ever glorious,

Of Christ our Lord and God.

 

Wherefore, though all unworthy

To offer sacrifice,

We pray that this our duty

Be pleasing in thine eyes;

For praise, and thanks and worship,

For mercy and for aid,

The Catholic oblation

Of Jesus Christ is made.

– V. S. S. Coles, 1845-1929

 

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THE GLORY OF THE EUCHARIST

“Has Jesus in the Eucharist ever lacked the homage of genius and of love? How the highest intelligences have toiled to establish the truth of the Real Presence! What a profound study of the benefits and miracles hidden in the Sacred Host! What admirable views on the central position occupied by the Eucharist in the sacramental world, and on the mysterious gravitation of signs of grace around the symbol which contains the Author of grace Himself! What sublime hymns, what magnificent canticles of the great masters of art! What beauties in the liturgies! What splendid ceremonies instituted by the Church! What a universal convocation of all creatures to honour the Creator in His abasement – lights, perfumes, flowers, precious stuffs, gold, silver, stone, marble, shaped and chiseled by the skilful hands of artists! Such are the magnificent temples, of which all the beauties are directed towards the Eucharistic God.

Those great trees in stone, whose branches interlace to form such proud and graceful arches, are to cover with their protecting shade the Divine Sacrament and its worshippers. Those leaves, those flowers, those traceries, those ornaments so richly and delicately carved, are to crown the Eucharist. Those saints, standing or kneeling, those transparent figures, through which the light streams in a thousand colours, offer homage to the King in the Tabernacle. More impressive still is the sight of the faithful people passing in long procession, prostrating themselves in crowds on feasts of adoration, and raising their voices to chant their reverence, their love, and their faith. But still more glorious the spectacle of Christians transformed by their intimate relations with the Eucharist, exercising in the midst of the world the sublime virtues of the God, whose flesh they have eaten.

If the unbeliever would not insist on regarding only the lowest aspect of the Divine Sacrament, if he reflected with an open mind on the unique and perpetual honour which Christian humanity offers to the Eucharist, he would soon recognise that a piece of common bread could not inspire so much devotion.”
– R. P. Monsabre

 
 

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PRAYER IF YOU CANNOT RECEIVE HOLY COMMUNION

If you cannot receive Holy Communion, you make the Act of Spiritual Communion, either the one given below or another, similar one. Spiritual Communion is the heartfelt desire to receive Our Lord, even when we are unable because of the distance or for some other reason. This desire to receive him through spiritual Communion is an act of love; the wish to live constantly in his presence. “The effects of the sacrament can be received by desire. Although in such case the sacrament is not received physically… nevertheless the actual reception of the sacrament itself brings with it fuller effect than receiving it through desire alone” (St Thomas Aquinas).

ACT OF SPIRITUAL COMMUNION

My Jesus, I believe that You are truly present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul. Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally, come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as being already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You. Amen.
– St Alphonsus Liguori

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2013 in Prayers for Ordinary Time

 

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