|Prayer of St. Simeon the Metaphrastes
O You who graciously give your flesh to me as food,
who are a fire consuming the unworthy:
consume me not, O my creator,
but rather pass through all the parts of my body,
into all my joints, my heart, my soul.
Burn, O Good Lord, the thorns of my transgressions,
cleanse my soul, and purify all my thoughts.
Ever shelter, guard, and keep me in your love.
Chasten me, purify me, control all my passions.
Adorn me, teach me, and enlighten me always.
Show me how to be a tabernacle of your Holy Spirit,
and in no wise the dwelling-place of sin,
so that from me, your habitation,
and because of the communion of your holy Mysteries,
every evil deed and passion may flee as from fire.
I bring to You all the saints,
especially your pure and most holy Mother
to intercede for me.
O my Christ and my God,
accept their prayers in my favor.
Make me your Child to be a child of light;
for You alone are the sanctification
and the splendor of my soul,
and to You, my God and my Master,
I shall give glory and honor
for ever and ever. Amen.
"Would you like to honor the body of Christ you receive
Eucharist? Do not despise the poor when you
see him clothed in rags... He who said
'this is my body', has said also 'You have seen me
hungry and you did not
give me to eat! Whatever you have refused to
do for any of these little ones,
you have refused it to me also!'" (St. John Chrysostom)
Of the Eucharist St. John of Damascus has written:
"If union is in
truth with Christ and with one another, we are assuredly
voluntarily united with
all those who partake with us."
"You have vouchsafed me, O Lord,
that this corruptible temple (my human flesh),
should be united to Your holy flesh,
that my blood should be mingled with yours.
"Therefore I am your transparent
and translucent member
I am transported out of myself.
I see myself such as I have become:
Fearful and, at the same time,
ashamed of myself;
"I venerate you and I fear you,
And I know not where to shelter
now how to use these new,
dreadful and divinized members ...
"I who am but straw,
receive the fire and I am enflamed
without being consumed,
as of old the burning bush of Moses."
(St. Simeon the New Theologian)
"How could our flesh not partake of eternal life: 'since
nourished by the flesh and blood of the Lord and is
a member of his body' (Adversus
Haeres 5, 2).-St. Ireneus
The First Procession of the Most Blessed Sacrament
at Lourdes in 1888
Since the National Pilgrimage of
1888, the great pilgrimages of
Lourdes have presented a peculiar characteristic:
it is a Eucharistic
demonstration in which the Divine Sacrament causes
Its glory and Its power to shine
more strikingly. Of course Jesus the Savior
was never forgotten amidst the
pious homage tendered by the crowds to His most holy
Mother. It must also be
remembered that if Mary worked miracles upon souls
and bodies, it was
always through the omnipotent virtue of her Son, whose
Real Presence dominates
the blessed Grotto—who is God the sole Author of all
these wonders. But
that year, as the Journal de Lourdes remarks: "It
has pleased our good
Mother to efface herself that her Divine Son might
shine forth in the Eucharist."
The 21st of August, 1888, was for
the National Pilgrimage a day of
trial: there were few cures, and towards evening a
terrible storm prevented
the torch-light procession from taking place.
At the sight of the
saddened, though not discouraged, pilgrims an inspiration
from Heaven had
suddenly dawned in the heart of a pious ecclesiastic.
Why should not the
Blessed Sacrament receive a triumphant ovation?
And as the God of the
Eucharist was being carried among the sick, why should
not the multitude address Him
with the same acclamations, the same prayers which
in the days of yore had
obtained the miracles which occurred during the mortal
life of the
Savior? This plan was, of course, favorably
The next day, at four o'clock in
the afternoon, Jesus Hostia was
leaving the Basilica preceded and followed by a great
number of the Faithful
bearing tapers in their hands. After Benediction,
given in the Grotto, the
invocations began, with an animation, a stress, an
indescribable. A spirit of Heaven-sent rapture
descended upon the
crowd. From all the pallets, from all the beds,
from all the vehicles where
human infirmity lay prone and suffering, something
supplicating, came forth; and as though by a unanimous
impulse, the crowd called upon
the Son of the Immaculate, as of yore did the paralytic
and the blind man
of Jericho, "Lord! If Thou wilt, Thou canst
But now, behold! in front of the
Grotto eight of the sick have
arisen. How describe such things? When
the Magnificat was intoned, triumphant,
prodigious, no one could restrain his tears.
And ever since, every
year in numberless processions that unwind themselves
near the blessed Grotto,
the same enthusiastic faith bursts forth; the same
ardent prayer on the
part of the Faithful, the same prodigies of merciful
power on the part of Jesus
Christ present in the Blessed Sacrament take place.
It is Mary at
Lourdes who has really prepared the Eucharistic triumph
of her Son. (Les
Miracles historiques du Saint Sacrement, par le P.
"When Christ gives us his Bread in the Eucharist he
us, and transforms us into his own divine state.
In his sacramental body we
are incorporated into his mystical body and thus we
become parts of his own body.
In receiving the Eucharist the symbiosis between
two lives is
completed. Christ and the communicant are united;
the head and the body are joined
together into one. The clay, which we are, is
clay no more. To
describe this fusion the Fathers of the Church used
the comparison of a flame
alive in a body, or that of a spouse and his bride.
Christ and the recipient
become one flesh, one body, one family." (Archbishop
Thus Angels' Bread is made
the Bread of man today:
the Living Bread from heaven
with figures dost away:
O wondrous gift indeed!
the poor and lowly may
upon their Lord and Master feed.
Thee, therefore, we implore,
O Godhead, One in Three,
so may Thou visit us
as we now worship Thee;
and lead us on Thy way,
That we at last may see
the light wherein Thou dwellest aye.
(Panis Angelicus, St. Thomas Aquinas)
"Jesus in the Most Holy Eucharist is God’s Living Love
Living Heart of Love, is a Valentine for all hearts.
Yet, this Message and
Love waits to be given fully and personally to your
heart. He waits to give
His ove to you as if you were the only person in the
whole world." (From
the book Behold The Lamb)
"It is necessary to understand the wonder of this sacrament.
is, why it was given, and what is the profit of the
action. We become one
body, and members, as it is said, of his flesh and
of his bones... This is
effected by the food which he has given us...
He has mingled his body with ours
that we may be one, as body joined to head." (St.
"By partaking of the body and blood of Christ you become
one body and
one blood with him. In such a way you become
bearers of Christ, his body
and blood spread through your limbs. In this
way you become, in the words
of St. Peter, 'partakers of the divine nature'." (St.
Cyril of Jerusalem)
"How much I love You, O my Jesus! I wish to love
You with my whole
heart; yet I do not love You enough. My lack
of devotion and my negligence
still haunt me. I have one desire, that of being
near You in the Blessed
Sacrament. You are the sweet bridegroom of my
soul. My Jesus, my
love, my all, gladly would I endure hunger, thirst,
heat and cold to remain
always with You in the Blessed Sacrament..." (St.
"I believe that You, O Jesus, are in the most holy
Sacrament. I love
You and desire You. Come into my heart.
I embrace You. Oh, never leave me.
May the burning and most sweet power of Your love,
O Lord Jesus Christ, I
beseech You, absorb my mind that I may die through
love of Your love, Who were
graciously pleased to die through love of my love."
Sweetest Lord Jesus Christ, pierce the depths of my
soul with the most
joyous and life-giving wound of Your love, with true,
serene, holy and
apostolic charity, that my heart may ever yearn for
You, and melt with genuine
love, and long for You; that it may desire You, sigh
for Your heavenly home,
and earnestly yearn to become as nothing in order
to be with You.
Grant that my soul may hunger for
You, the Bread of Angels, the
Refreshment of holy souls, our daily and ever-satisfying
contains all possible sweetness. Let my heart
ever hunger after You
and feed upon You, upon whom the angels desire to
gaze, and may my whole soul be
filled with Your sweetness. May it ever thirst
for You, the Fountain
of eternal light, the Torrent of pleasure, the Richness
of the House of
God. May it ever yearn for You, seek You, find
You, stretch towards You,
reach You, meditate upon You, speak of You, and do
all things for the praise
and glory of Your holy Name, with humility and prudence,
with love and
delight, with willingness, affection and perseverance.
Be ever my hope and my whole confidence,
my riches, my delight, my
pleasure, and my joy. Be my rest, my peace,
my sweetness and my
delight. Be my spiritual enjoyment, my food
and refreshment. Be my refuge and my
help, my wisdom, my reward, my possession, and my
treasure, in whom my mind
and my heart may ever remain fixed and firm now and
forever. Amen. (St. Bonaventure)
"There is joy when we know that
He whom we love loves us, and that
our Lover does not make us wait for union. Forever
He stands at our door,
waiting for us to open to Him. At every moment
we can meet with Him
"At the Eucharist Christ takes
us to Himself and brings us with Him
into the secret heart of God. Tenderly He places
us with Himself in the
bosom of the Father. At the Eucharist we rise
from earth to live in the very
Source of our origin. We who came from the hand
of Love now return to our
beginnings, the heart of the Father.
"At the Eucharist Christ feeds our
hunger with Himself. In truth,
we do receive Him who is our Beloved and the Lover
of our souls. We receive
Him in His immense fullness, body, blood, souls, and
divinity. This is the
greatest moment of union, the greatest union on earth.
It is, therefore, the
greatest moment of joy; we possess and are possessed.
The All is with us and we
are in the All, one with Him and with each other in
Him. This is our
greatest joy on earth. We thirst for love and
Love has come to us." (Fr. Emile Briere)
"You also realize, Venerable Brothers, that the
Eucharist is reserved
in churches or oratories to serve as the spiritual
center of a religious
community or a parish community, indeed of the whole
Church and the
whole of mankind, since it contains, beneath the veil
of the species, Christ the
invisible Head of the Church, the Redeemer of the
world, the center of
all hearts, 'by whom all things are and by whom we
exist'." (Pope Paul VI,
Mysterium Fidei, Art. 68)
"The essential commitment and, above all, the visible
grace and source
of supernatural strength for the Church as the People
of God is to
persevereand advance constantly in Eucharistic life
and Eucharistic piety and to
develop spiritually in the climate of the Eucharist."
RedemptorHominis, Art. 20)
"For He is in the midst of us day and night [in the
He dwells in us with the fullness of grace and truth.
He raises the
level of morals, fosters virtue, comforts the sorrowful,
strengthens the weak and stirs up all
those who draw near to Him to imitate Him, so that
they may learn from his
example to be meek and humble of heart, and to seek
not their own interests but
those of God." (Pope Paul VI, Mysterium Fidei,
"Almighty and Eternal God, behold I come to the Sacrament
only-begotten Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. As
one sick, I come to the Physician of
life; unclean, to the Fountain of mercy; blind, to
the Light of eternal
splendor; poor and needy, to the Lord of heaven and
earth. Therefore, I beg of
You, through Your infinite mercy and generosity, heal
my weakness, wash my
uncleanness, give light to my blindness, enrich my
poverty, and clothe
my nakedness. May I thus receive the Bread of
Angels, the King of Kings,
the Lord of Lords, with such reverence and humility,
devotion, purity and faith, purpose and intention,
as shall aid my soul's
salvation ..." (St. Thomas Aquinas).
"Here in the tiny Host
I find the fruit of love."
"Beloved souls, in suffering and
in joy, go to Jesus hidden in the
Sacred Host and let the sweetness of His loving gaze
"Like the sick who expose their
diseased bodies to the healing rays
of the sun, expose your miseries, no matter what they
are, to the beams of
light streaming forth from the Sacred Host.
"Why dilute your love in an unceasing
flow of words? Why destroy
the charm of intimate communings with Him by childish
loquacity? May the
silence of the Eucharist teach you silent recollection!
But, while your lips
are still, let your eyes speak.
"Yes, tell it all to Jesus with a long gaze full of
love, and pleading. Put all your tenderness
in that look, all your desires, your
sorrows, your disillusions—in a word, your whole soul.
"Stir up your faith and seek the eyes of Jesus
Eucharistic veils. May His gaze and yours meet,
be united, and form together one
and the same light and one and the same fire of love.
"Why do you look for more?
"Ask Him only to deign to look
upon you. Tell Him with entire
confidence: 'Look upon me and have mercy on me' (Ps
"Remembering that, as soon as Jesus had looked on that
who came to Him, He loved him, fear not to tell Him
also: 'Look upon me and ...
love me!'" (From The Holy Eucharist, by Jose Guadalupe
"What is that love in which we ought to believe?
It is the love of Jesus
Christ, the love which He testifies to us in the Eucharist,
which is Himself, living and infinite love.
"Happy they who believe in the
love of Jesus Christ in the
Eucharist! They love, for to believe is to love
"We believe an honorable man on
his word. Why should we put less
faith in that of Our Lord?
"When a friend desires to prove
to his friend that he loves him, he
tells him so, and he presses his hand affectionately.
"When Our Lord wants to show His
love for us, He does so in person,
discarding the intervention of any third person, whether
human. Love suffers no intermediate agents.
"He remains in the Holy Eucharist
that He may repeat to us
incessantly: I love you! You must see that I
love you!'" (St. Peter Julian Eymard)
"A mortal man, a creature, feeds himself, satiates
himself, with his God,
taking him for his daily bread, his drink...
O miracle of miracles!...
O love of loves!... O joy of joys!" (St. John
"Give me the grace to long for Your holy sacraments,
and especially to
rejoice in the presence of Your body, sweet Savior
Christ, in the holy
sacrament of the altar."(St. Thomas More)
Of the Jubilee year Bishop Thomas V. Daily writes:
"It is a time to
renew our adoration of the one Lord, Jesus Christ,
in the Eucharist. Jesus has
loved us so much that every day, all day, he makes
himself available in his
Real Presence, under the appearance of bread and wine.
Can you love anyone
more totally than to give yourself completely to the
beloved? Only God can
do that, and we are his beloved."
"You are my Love, O my Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.
My first thought
on waking is of You, beloved of my soul, and my last
before closing my
eyes in sleep is of that consecrated Host, with an
ardent longing for the dawn
of another day when I can approach You and receive
You again in the Holy
"I think of You before dawn...
even before the birds have begun to
salute You with their morning song. I think
of You in the midday heat; and
when the shades of night surround me the remembrance
of You and of Your love
afford me the brightest of lights.
"O Jesus of the Eucharist!
O consecrated Host! O envied
Monstrance! O blessed Ciborium, beloved of my
heart! The Tabernacle is my Treasure,
and, far or near, my eyes never lose sight of it,
for it contains the God of Love."
(Concepcion Cabrera de Armida)
"Jesus, my God, I adore You, here present in the Blessed
the altar, where You wait day and night to be our
comfort while we await
Your unveiled presence in heaven. Jesus, my
God, I adore You in all places
where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved and where
sins are committed against
this Sacrament of Love. Jesus, my God, I adore
You for all time, past,
present and future, for every soul that ever was,
is or shall be created.
Jesus, my God, who for us has endured hunger and cold,
labor and fatigue, I adore
You. Jesus, my God, who for my sake has deigned to
subject Yourself to the
humiliation of temptation, to the perfidy and defection
of friends, to
the scorn of Your enemies, I adore You. Jesus,
my God, who for us has
endured the buffeting of Your passion, the scourging,
the crowning with thorns,
the heavy weight of the cross, I adore You.
Jesus, my God, who, for my
salvation and that of all mankind, was cruelly nailed
to the cross and hung there
for three long hours in bitter agony, I adore You.
Jesus, my God, who for
love of us did institute this Blessed Sacrament and
offer Yourself daily for
the sins of men, I adore You. Jesus, my God,
who in Holy Communion became
the food of my soul, I adore You.
"Jesus, for You I live. Jesus,
for You I die. Jesus, I am Yours
in life and death." (From Reflections and Prayers
for Visits with our Eucharistic Lord, by John J. Cardinal Carberry)