"At the name of Jesus every knee shall bow [and] ... every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." (Phil 2:10 and 11)
"Be archangels of his Eucharistic Kingship." "Eucharistic adoration is the greatest of actions. To adore is to share the life of Mary on earth when she adored the Word Incarnate in her virginal womb, when she adored Him in the Crib, on Calvary, in the divine Eucharist." (St. Peter Julian Eymard)
The Divine Love Prayer
This prayer may be said on the Beads of the Holy Rosary. A 'Glory Be' replaces the 'Our Father,' while the 'Hail Mary' is replaced by these prayers to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. After the 'Glory Be,' each prayer is repeated ten times on the beads of the Holy Rosary until all nine 'decades' are completed.
Writing of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist, St. Therese of Lisieux's sister, Mother Agnes of Jesus, writes: "And who is this little Jesus? The very same Child whom the Blessed Virgin held in her arms, wrapped in swaddling clothes, laid in the manger, cuddled on her lap! The same exquisitely beautiful Child who is now the delight of Heaven, the very same."
Prayer Before A Manger Scene
"No one, whether shepherd or wise man, can approach God here below except by kneeling before the manger at Bethlehem and adoring him hidden in the weakness of a newborn child." (CCC 563).
Lord Jesus, as I kneel before you manger in adoration, let my first Christmas word be: thank you. Thank you, Gift of the Father, for coming to save me from my sins . . . . You come as a baby because babies are irresistible and adorable. You come as a baby because you want our first impression of God incarnate to be that of one who does not judge. How I long to be united with you in every way . . . .
Newborn Saviour, the very silence of your incarnation proclaims that the answer to the misery, the strife, and the meaninglessness of life cannot be found within us. You alone are the Answer . . . .
O Emmanuel, may the assurance of your unfailing Presence be for me the source of unending peace. May I never fear my weakness, my inadequacy, or my imperfection. Rather, as I gaze with faith, hope and love upon your incarnate littleness, may I love my own littleness, for God is with us . . . .
Longed-for Messiah, your servant Saint Leo the Great well wrote that in the very act of reverencing the birth of our Savior, we are also celebrating our own new birth. From this night on may my life be a dedicated life of faith marked by holy reliance, receptivity, and resoluteness. May I make my life a total gift of self. May my humble worship of the nativity manifest how much I seek the father's kingdom and his way of holiness. The beauty of your holy face bears the promise that your Father will provide for us in all things This Christmas I renew my trust in God's goodness, compassion, and providence. I long for the day when you will teach us to pray "Our Father."
May your Presence, Prince of Peace, bless the world with peace, the poor with care and prosperity, the despairing with hope and confidence, the grieving with comfort and gladness, the oppressed with freedom and deliverance, the suffering with solace and relief. Loving Jesus, you are the only real joy of every human heart. I place my trust in you.
(Excerpts from Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P.)
St. Thèrése of Lisieux, Carmelite, Church Doctor, Patroness of Missionaries, (1873-1897), France—Oct. 1
"Through our little acts of charity, practiced in the dark, as it were, we obtain the conversion of the heathen, help the missionaries, and gain for them plentiful alms, thus building both spiritual and material dwellings for our Eucharistic God." (St. St. ThÃ©rÃ¨se) St. ThÃ©rÃ¨se helped many people carry their Crosses, both inside her convent and on the other side of the world. She helped an elderly sister, who had trouble walking, even though the sister was grouchy and miserable; St. ThÃ©rÃ¨se encouraged another sister, who struggled in her vocation, and offered sacrifices for her; she wrote letters to her own sisters' and family members, as well as a young missionary, lovingly reminding them to trust in God as a little child. She provided consolation and assured them of her constant prayers, challenging them to give all to Jesus, for Jesus, and with Jesus. (From the new book The Little Way of Healing Love Through the Passion of Jesus: The Stations of the Cross With St. ThÃ©rÃ¨se of Lisieux, available through us)
The Holy Guardian Angels—Oct. 2
"O my Guardian Angel, tell my Beloved, I pray thee, that I languish for love of Him, and that I have an infinite desire to possess Him!" (St. John Vianney)
St. Theodore Guerin, Foundress of the Sisters of Providence, (1798-1856), France—Oct. 3
Sr. Mary Eudoxie Marshall, who knew St. Theodore, testified: "Saint Mother Theodore had the greatest reverence and love for all the mysteries of our religion, especially for the Passion and the Holy Eucharist." St. Theodore founded the Sisters of St. Mary of the Woods, IN, and the first Catholic women's liberal arts college in the U.S.
St. Francis of Assisi, Deacon, Franciscan Founder, Stigmatist (c. 1181-1226), Italy—Oct. 4
St. Francis wrote of His great love of the Blessed Sacrament: "Show the greatest possible reverence for the Eucharist through whom all things have been brought to peace and reconciled with Almighty God." "Let us love God and adore him and offer him praises by day and by night." He led his brothers in prostrating before the Holy Eucharist.
Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos, Redemptorist, missionary to US, Miracle worker (1819-1867), Bavaria—Oct. 5
From an early age, Bl. Francis often visited the Blessed Sacrament. As a priest, he often prayed long hours during the night. Known as the "cheerful aesthetic," he spent himself for souls, ministering to the sick and suffering.
Respect Life Sunday—Oct. 6
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Living God and Son of Mary, we praise and thank You for the precious gift of life, Divine Life and human life. We commit ourselves to adoring and proclaiming Your Personal Presence in the Most Holy Eucharist, for in you alone is the victory of life. We dedicate our lives to protecting and defending all human life: the unborn babies, the sick, the elderly, the poor, and all victims of violence. We implore Your Love and Mercy upon the whole world, for You are the true source of all peace and all hope.
By the Life-Giving power of Your Precious Body and Blood, please strengthen and guide us to proclaim, protect, and defend the dignity and sanctity of life. Transform us by Your Merciful Presence in the Blessed Sacrament, that we may all be one with You, the Father and the Holy Eucharist now and forever. Amen. (From our D-13 Prayer for Life card, available through us)
Our Lady of the Rosary —Oct. 7
"Devotion to the Blessed Sacrament and devotion to the Holy Rosary . . . [are] the unparalleled solution to 'fight' Satan, renew our faith, convert sinners, save souls, and bring peace into our lives and into the world." (The Eucharist and The Rosary: The Power to Change the World, by Louis Kaczmarek, available through us)
St. Teresa of Avila, Carmelite, Doctor of the Church, Reformer, Mystic, (1515-1582), Spain—Oct. 15
"He asks for no more than to be with us this day only, because it is a fact that he has given us this most sacred bread forever. His Majesty gave us, as I have said, the manna and nourishment of his humanity that we might find him at will and not die of hunger, save through our own fault. In no matter how many ways the soul may desire to eat, it will find delight and consolation in the most Blessed Sacrament . . . . There is no need or trial or persecution that is not easy to suffer if we begin to enjoy the delight and consolation of this sacred bread." (St. Teresa of Avila)
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, Apostle of the Sacred Heart, (1647-1690), France—Oct. 16
"My greatest happiness is to be before the Blessed Sacrament where my heart is, as it were, in its center." (St. Margaret Mary)
Sts. Isaac Jogues, John de Brebeuf, Charles Garnier & Companions, Martyrs, (1607-1646), France—Oct. 19
When St. Isaac Jogues became the first white man to see the modern day Lake George in the Adirondack Mountains on Corpus Christi, he called the lake "Lake of the Blessed Sacrament." Of St. Rene Goupil, St. Isaac Jogues writes: "We begged God to accept our lives and our blood and unite them to His life and His blood for the salvation of these tribes," and "It was the Feast of St. Michael, September the 29th, 1642, that this angel in innocence and martyr of Jesus Christ, Rene Goupil, gave his life for Christ who has offered His life on the cross for him."
Pope St. John Paul II, Apostle of the Eucharist, (1920-2005), Poland—Oct. 22
"Let us render to God the adoration owed to the Heart of Jesus Christ from the first moment of his conception in the Virgin's womb" (St. Pope John Paul II, Angelus, Aug. 4, 1985).
All Saints Day—Nov. 1
"Be the apostle of the divine Eucharist, like a flame which enlightens and warms, like the Angel of his heart who will go to proclaim him to those who don't know him and will encourage those who love him and are suffering."
(St. Peter Julian Eymard)
All Souls Day—Nov. 2: Masses, Holy Hours, Rosaries and other prayers for the Holy Souls!
"Remember our deceased priests and bishops who have brought us the Eucharist year in and year out each day of our life! We tend to 'canonize' our clergy and loved ones immediately after their death. Father Faber tells us, 'We are apt to leave off too soon praying for our priests and loved ones with an unenlightened esteem for the holiness of their lives, that they are freed from Purgatory much sooner than they really are' . . . . Let us be missionaries of the Eucharist for [all] our Holy Souls in Purgatory." ("Eucharist and the Holy Souls in Purgatory," Susan Tassone)
St. Charles Borromeo, Bishop, Patron of Catechists, (1538-1584), Italy—Nov. 4
"If we wish to make any progress in the service of God we must begin every day of our life with new eagerness. We must keep ourselves in the presence of God, as much as possible and have no other view or end, in all our actions but the divine honour." (St. Charles Borromeo)
St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, Carmelite Nun, Mystic, Writer, (1880-1906), France—Nov. 8
"The more the soul accepts the Father's gaze of love, the more it is transformed into the likeness of the Word made flesh. Tradition calls this loving awareness and silent surrender to the gaze of the Father mental prayer or contemplation. Elizabeth roots this in adoration and recollection and advocates its fruitfulness. Through this prayer, we gain access to our true home, the dwelling place of love for which we are created." (Anthony Lilles)
St. Martin of Tours, Priest, Bishop, Patron of Soldiers, (316-397), Italy—Nov. 11
As a soldier and catechumen, Martin was very charitable to beggars. Shortly after his departure from the military, Martin became a priest because of his great love for Jesus in the Eucharist. He was later named a bishop. Filled with great zeal for Jesus, Martin became a great educator and preacher! He is known for miracles.
St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, Religious, Patroness of Immigrants, (1850-1917), Italy—Nov. 13
"Remember that the Blessed Sacrament is like a pillar of fire that is our light and guide." (St. Frances Xavier Cabrini) As foundress of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, who traveled the Americas and Europe founding schools, orphanages and hospitals, Mother Cabrini encouraged her sisters to find their strength in the Sacred Eucharistic Heart of Jesus through Mass and by starting Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament.
St. Albert the Great, Priest, Bishop, Doctor of the Church, Germany, (1206-1280)—Nov. 15
"I adore You, O Precious Blood of Jesus, flower of creation, fruit of virginity, ineffable instrument of the Holy Spirit, and I rejoice at the thought that You came from the drop of virginal blood on which eternal Love impressed its movement" (St. Albert)
St. Gertrude the Great, Benedictine & Patroness of the West Indies, Germany, (1256-1302)—Nov. 16
As St. Gertrude was about to receive the Sacred Host, she asked "O Lord, what gift are You going to grant me?" Jesus answered, "The gift of My Whole Being with My Divine nature, as formerly my Virgin Mother received it."
Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary—Nov. 21
Tradition holds that Sts. Anne and Joachim presented Mary in the temple, at the age of three, to be instructed in the ways of the Lord. She was so happy to be in God's Presence that she danced for joy and looked as peaceful as a temple dove. Mother Mary, help us to know, love and adore your Son!
Feast of Christ the King—Nov. 24:
"Adoration is the first attitude of man acknowledging that he is a creature before his Creator. It exalts the greatness of the Lord who made us and the almighty power of the Savior who sets us free from evil. Adoration is homage of the spirit to the 'King of Glory,' respectful silence in the presence of the 'ever greater' God. Adoration of the thrice-holy and sovereign God of love blends with humility and gives assurance to our supplications." (CCC, no. 2628)
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, France—Nov. 27
St. Catherine Laboure (Feast, Nov. 28) saw Christ as King while at Eucharistic Adoration. Throughout her novitiate, Catherine had the grace of seeing Our Lord present in the Blessed Sacrament at all times. When Our Lady appeared to her, with the request that everyone wear the Miraculous Medal, she said "Come to the foot of the altar. Here graces will be poured out upon all who ask for them with confidence and fervor. They will be bestowed upon the great and upon the small."
Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle—Nov. 30: START NOVENA TODAY!
St. Andrew Novena: Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen. (Whoever recites this prayer 15 times a day from St. Andrew's feast, Nov.30, until Christmas will obtain what is asked.
First Sunday of Advent:—Dec. 1: O Come Let Us Adore Him in The Holy Eucharist!
Advent Prayer: O Jesus, little child, come into my heart on Christmas morn, to wash away my sins and remain there in eternally. O Mary, Mother of my Savior, prepare for Jesus a cradle in my heart. Amen.
St. Francis Xavier, Jesuit Priest, Patron of Missionaries, Spain (1506-1552)—December 3
"St. Francis Xavier, that seemingly indefatigable missionary, said that he refreshed himself and drew strength for his labors from his nightly visits to the Blessed Sacrament" (St. Alphonsus Liguori).
St. Nicholas of Myra, Bishop, Patron of Children and Russia, (4th century), Patara—Dec. 6
"Give thanks for the real life of a holy bishop of the fourth century, a holy man whose life was lived in recognition of the real presence of Jesus Christ. Let us follow St. Nicholas in witnessing to the Presence of Christ." (Fr. Veras)
St. Ambrose, Bishop, Doctor, Pt. of Candlemakers, Italy (c. 340-397)—December 7
Ardent proponent of daily Holy Communion, St. Ambrose said of the Holy Eucharist: "In this Mystery, the Son of God satisfies all the wants of our spiritual life."
Feast of the Immaculate Conception—Dec. 9: Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception!
"In each communion we look up to the Immaculate Conception. The light of that far-reaching mystery is in our faces on the altar-step. It beams direct upon us, and so full is it of the same light as the Blessed Sacrament that we seem almost to hear our Mother's voice from that distant fountain, 'Eat, O friends, and drink, and be inebriated, my dearly beloved'" (Fr. Faber).
Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Unborn, Mexico, (Apparition 1531),—Dec. 12
Our Lady told Juan Diego her request that a Church be built so that Jesus, her Eucharistic Son, could be known, received, loved and adored by her children.
St. Lucy, Virgin, Martyr and Patroness of Eye Patients, Italy (d. 304)—Dec. 13
As a youth, St. Lucy dedicated her life to God. When refused marriage, she was tried as a Christian. Faithful, St. Lucy chose death over sin. Though pierced in the heart by a sword, she lived until she received Holy Communion.
St. John of the Cross, Carmelite Priest and Doctor, Spain, (c. 1542-1591)—Dec. 14
"The eternal spring is hidden in this living bread for our life's sake, although it is night" (St. John of the Cross).
Merry Christmas, O Come Let Us Adore Him, Our Eucharistic Savior!!!—Dec. 25
"Let us contemplate together in wonder this miracle that takes place still today before our very eyes: a child is born, the Glory of God, who even the highest heaven cannot contain, who is conceived by the Virgin Mary and who laid Him in a manger . . . . The altar and hands of the priest are the place and instrument of Our Lord's coming to us every day until the end of the world . . . . Let us imagine for an instant the real scene of Our Lord's birth . . . . Contemplate Mary as she looks and adores the 'living bread which came down from heaven.' There at her feet is the Promised One, the Christ and Saviour of the World. Mary offers to us the Bread of Life." (Fr. Livio Dimatteo)
St. Stephen, Deacon, Martyr, Patron of Deacons and Stonemasons, (d. 35)—Dec. 26
Obtain for us, dear St. Stephen, the faith, the hope, the love, and the courage of martyrs!
St. John, Apostle and Evangelist, Patron of Theologians, Asia Minor, (d.100), Galilee—December 27
John rested his head upon the bosom of Jesus at the Last Supper. Let us rest upon the Sacred Heart of Jesus during our Holy Hours of Eucharistic Adoration and listen and learn from Him.
Feast of the Holy Innocents—Dec. 28
"Mary now sang as Miriam had done, while a second Joseph guarded the Living Bread for which human hearts were starving The murder of the Innocents by Herod recalls Pharaoh's slaughter of the Hebrew children" (Archbishop Sheen).
Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph—Dec. 29
"We fall down in adoration before the Son of God. We unite ourselves in spirit to the wonder of Mary and Joseph. As we adore Christ, born in a stable, we make our own the faith filled with astonishment" (St. John Paul II).
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