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CHAPLET OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

CHAPLET OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

BLESSED SACRAMENT BEADS

Say on the medal – Spiritual Communion: “My Jesus, I believe that thou art present in the Most Holy Sacrament. I love thee above all things. I desire to receive thee into my soul. Since I cannot now receive thee sacramentally, come, at least, spiritually into my heart. I embrace thee, and I unite myself entirely to thee, as if thou hadst already come; do not permit me to be ever separated from thee.” – St Liguori

Say on each bead (33):

“Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, have mercy on us.”

[The Holy Father has granted to the entire world an Indulgence of 300 days each time the above ejaculation is recited.] 

– St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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PRAYER TO THE EUCHARISTIC HEART

PRAYER TO THE EUCHARISTIC HEART

O Eucharistic Heart, O Sovereign love of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who hast instituted the august Sacrament in order to dwell here below in our midst, in order to give to our souls thy Flesh as food, and thy Blood as drink; we believe firmly, Lord Jesus, in that supreme Love which has caused thee to institute the Most Holy Eucharist.

Here before this Victim, it is just that we should adore this Love, that we should acknowledge and exalt it as the life-giving centre of thy Church. This Love urges us to approach thee. Thou seemest to say to us: “Behold how I love you! In giving you My Flesh to eat and My Blood to drink, I desire by this close relation to awaken your love and to unite you to Myself. I wish to effect the transformation of your souls into that of your crucified Saviour, Who is the Bread of eternal life. Give me then your hearts, have life by living in Me, and you will live in God.”

We recognise, O Lord, that such is the call of thine Eucharistic Heart. We thank thee, and we are ready – yes, we will respond to it. Grant us the grace that we may be fully penetrated with thy sovereign Love, by which, on the eve of thy Passion, thou didst invite us to partake and to eat of thy Sacred Body. Imprint deeply in our inmost souls the firm resolve to respond faithfully to this invitation. Grant us the devotion and reverence necessary to honour and receive worthily the gift of thine Eucharistic Heart, bestowed as a last mark of thy Love.

May we thus be enabled by thy grace to celebrate effectually the remembrance of thy Passion, to repair our offences and coldness, to nourish and increase our love for thee, and to keep for ever alive in our hearts the seed of a blessed immortality. Amen.

[Three hundred days Indulgence every time when recited before the Blessed Sacrament exposed. A Plenary Indulgence if recited once a day for an entire month, together with at least half an hour spent in adoration once a week before the Blessed Sacrament under the usual condition of Confession and Communion. These Indulgences are applicable to the souls in Purgatory. (Rescript June, 1902.)]

– From: St Anthony’s Treasury, 1916

 

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I FIRMLY BELIEVE WITH MY HEART AND CONFESS WITH MY LIPS…

I FIRMLY BELIEVE WITH MY HEART AND CONFESS WITH MY LIPS…

PRAYERS BEFORE HOLY COMMUNION

ACT OF FAITH

I firmly believe with my heart and confess with my lips that thou, my loving Jesus, equal to the Father in power and majesty, art really and truly present in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar, and, with thy Divinity and thy Humanity, abidest for me in this sanctuary.

Thou who didst weep as an infant in the crib, Who wast offered a Victim for me on the Cross. Who sittest as my intercessor at the right hand of the Father, Who wilt come as my Judge in the clouds of heaven – dwellest a hidden God in the narrow limits of the tabernacle and concealest under the humble form of bread.

Thy Flesh and thy Blood, thy Body and thy Soul, thy Divinity and thy glorified Humanity, thy splendour and thy boundless Majesty, I believe this on the authority of thy word as firmly as if I saw it with my eyes. Animated by this faith, I cast myself before thee, and adore thee as my Creator, my Redeemer, my greatest Good. In this faith will I live and die; quicken and increase this virtue in me.

 

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PRAYER TO OUR LORD AFTER COMMUNION

PRAYER TO OUR LORD AFTER COMMUNION

Dearest Jesus, suffer not my tongue, which has been and is so often purpled with thy Precious Blood, to speak well of myself or ill of others, so that no uncharitable word may be recorded in the “Book of Life” on the day of Judgment. Accept all the victories I gain over my tongue as a preparation for my next Communion.

– St Anthony’s Treasury, Laverty & Sons, Leeds, 1916

 

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THE CHILD OF MARY GIVES THOSE OUTSIDE THE FOLD A GLIMPSE OF THE TREASURES WITHIN

THE CHILD OF MARY GIVES THOSE OUTSIDE THE FOLD A GLIMPSE OF THE TREASURES WITHIN

Previous  chapter: IN OUR OWN AGE, THE CALL TO SANCTITY IS MORE IMPERATIVE THAN EVER

HOLINESS THROUGH MARY

At every Mass [the soldier of Mary] assists, if possible, he will receive Holy Communion, knowing that this partaking, with the priest, in the Flesh of the Infinite Victim, is essential if he wishes to gather the fruit of the Sacrifice in all its fullness. The Mystical Body of Christ is starving because so few of its members are nourished with the Divine Bread; the Mother of that Body is filled with anguish at the contemplation of Her Babe thus suffering. The members, inspired by Mary’s spirit and sharing the anguish of Her Immaculate Heart, will avail themselves of every avenue of apostolic action to arouse love of the Blessed Sacrament and banish sin. Each Communion brought about is a gain that cannot be measured according to human standards.

Each Communion is a gain that cannot be measured according to human standards

The Child of Mary shows his love of the Blessed Sacrament by striving to receive Holy Communion often, thus giving to those outside the Fold a glimpse of the infinite Treasures that are within. Through his own devotion, he becomes supernaturally convinced of the full significance of the Real Presence as the continuation of the earthly life of the God-Man [our Lord Jesus Christ], drawing Him in actual fact out of the dim past of history and bringing Him, as He is, whole and entire, into the sphere of this present life. Thus convinced, he makes every effort to pass on that conviction to those who have it not. He tries to make them realise that, through the miracle of the Eucharist, they are able to touch Jesus, talk to Him, contemplate Him, and busy themselves about His real self even more truly, more intimately and more closely than could His dear friends at Bethany.

– Excerpts from “Holiness Through Mary” by Fr Francis Ripley, copied from a pamphlet by the Universal Rosary Association. For the Association’s details, please visit the link above (Part I)

 
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Posted by on November 10, 2016 in Prayers to Our Lady

 

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AFFECTION IS THE SUNLIGHT OF THE SOUL

AFFECTION IS THE SUNLIGHT OF THE SOUL

Behold the sunlight which penetrates through the foliage and brightens the little room of the cottage.

The small oak table appears as if set with diamonds, the rude chair as if sprinkled with pearls, and the white curtain reflects on the ceiling rays of glittering gold.

Wait till the sun sets; pearls and diamonds suddenly vanish. The table appears darker, and the whole cottage sadder and more desolate than before.

Affection is the sunlight of the soul. When it burns and shines in a heart, it illumines and brightens everything about it!

If we but knew how to love and to be kind, we would bring happiness everywhere with us.

What are the results when God enters a soul? It has been sad, restless, and gloomy, but it becomes calm, cheerful, and sweetly resigned.

Oh! let us receive holy communion frequently. On such occasions we become, as it were, the centre of God, the Sun of justice; let us spread his brightness everywhere.

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

 
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Posted by on May 16, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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A “SOUL DIAGNOSIS” AND VARIOUS REMEDIES

Have you not sometimes, before the Blessed Sacrament, heard a sweet, penetrating voice murmur softly to your heart, Jesus is there?

Jesus is there!

Oh! how different these words make everything appear. The tabernacle disappears before our gaze, the consecrated Host loses what the Church calls the appearance, and allows me to see the reality – which is Jesus.

Jesus is there!

It is really He, such as my heart represents Him to itself in the days of mortal life; it is He, kind, merciful, and compassionate… He speaks to me at this hour as He spoke to the apostles who stood around Him.

I listen:

– “Thou art very agitated and uneasy, poor soul!”

– “But, Lord, thou dost permit events to occur which fill the entire world with uneasiness and terror; my life and the lives of those that I love are threatened; my future and my position are ruined; I am left in abandonment, isolation, poverty, and perhaps misery… How can I feel otherwise than anxious and desolate?”

– “Thou dost forget, then, my child, that I am thy Father, that I wish thee to be with me for all eternity, and it is for eternity that I prepare thy soul.

Oh! if thou couldn’t see thy soul as I see it. Oh! if thou didst know how its sojourn on earth has sullied it.

It has abandoned itself to affections which have left upon it shameful stains, like the marks of diseases which disfigure the body.

It has nourished passions which have inflamed its desires, and given it the aspect of a body in which the blood is vitiated.

It still has habits which have surrounded it with illusions, and caused it to believe that it was at peace, because it experienced a certain devotional calm.

Oh! if thou couldst see it as I see it, my poor child, thou wouldst say, holding forth thy hands to me and weeping: Cure me.

Well, it is to cure thee that I send sorrow. Sorrow under some form is the only remedy which my providence judges worthy of my justice.”

– “I understand, oh! my Father; an expiation is necessary in order to destroy the evil, burn the wound, and pluck up the deeply-rooted vice… but that which thou sendest upon me is very hard to bear.”

– “It is only hard to bear because it is unusual, because it surprises thee, and because thou hast not thought of having recourse to me.

If, from the first moment, thou hadst known how to raise thy thoughts to my providence; if thou hadst come here to visit me, saying: Thy will be done – the words which strengthened me in the Garden of Olives – oh! how calm thou wouldst have remained, continuing thy daily life in peace.

Listen, my child, if I permit thy possessions to be consumed by fire; a dreadful disease to carry off thy loved ones; long and acute suffering before thy eyes: what wouldst thou do?”

– “Oh Lord! I would weep; I would resign myself and wait.”

– “Then, my child, weep, resign thyself, and wait. I am a Father; dost thou not believe that my loving heart will put an end to misfortune when it is no longer necessary?

Dost thou not believe that when I see thee submissive and faithful, I will give thee something as compensation.

If I take wealth from thee, I will give thee a contended mind, which is satisfied with little.

If I permit thy loved ones to die, I will give thee the assurance that they are in heaven, and I will come soon to bring thee to them.

If I take from thee all support, I will give peace to thy soul, and cause thee to feel my presence more intimately, even as thou dost at this moment… Art thou satisfied?”

– “Yes, Lord, I am; thy will be done, thy will be done, thy will be done…”

Then there was silence… and my soul, filled with strength hitherto unknown, continued to hear the sweet, penetrating voice which continued softly to murmur: Jesus is there.

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

 

 
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Posted by on March 5, 2016 in Words of Wisdom

 

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