The best, the surest and the most effective way of establishing everlasting peace on the face of the earth is through the great power of Perpetual Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. “Visit the Lord in that ‘heart to heart’ contact. Day after day, you will receive new energy to help you to bring comfort to the suffering and peace to the world.” (St. John Paul II W. Y. D. 2002). “The time you spend with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament...will help bring about everlasting peace on earth. “ “Our hours of adoration will be special hours of reparation for sins, and intercession for the needs of the whole world, exposing the sin-sick and suffering humanity to the healing, sustaining & transforming rays of Jesus, radiating from the Eucharist.” Only Jesus has the power and love to redirect the course of history back to the path of peace, which He promised. The Eucharist brings peace to all hearts, peaceful hearts make a peaceful world, wrote St. Teresa of Calcutta.
The Seven Offerings of the Precious Blood
Eternal Father, we offer You the precious blood of Jesus, poured out on the cross and offered daily on the altar, for the glory of Your name, for the coming of Your kingdom, for the salvation of all people. (Glory be ) Praise and thanksgiving be evermore to Jesus, Who with his blood has saved us.
Eternal Father, we offer You the precious blood of Jesus, poured out on the cross and offered daily on the altar, for the spread of the Church, for Pope N., for bishops, priests and religious, and for the sanctification of all the people of God. (Glory be ) Praise and thanksgiving be evermore to Jesus, Who with his blood has saved us.
Eternal Father, we offer You the precious blood of Jesus, poured out on the cross and offered daily on the altar, for the conversion of sinners, for the loving acceptance of Your Word, and for the union of all Christians. (Glory be) Praise and thanksgiving be evermore to Jesus, Who with his blood has saved us.
Eternal Father, we offer You the precious blood of Jesus, poured out on the cross and offered daily on the altar, for our civil authorities, for the strengthening of public morals, and for peace and justice among all nations. (Glory be) Praise and thanksgiving be evermore to Jesus, Who with his blood has saved us.
Eternal Father, we offer You the precious blood of Jesus, poured out on the cross and offered daily on the altar, for the sanctification of our work and our suffering, for the poor, the sick and the afflicted, and for all who rely on our prayers. (Glory be) Praise and thanksgiving be evermore to Jesus, Who with his blood has saved us.
Eternal Father , we offer You the precious blood of Jesus, poured out on the cross and offered daily on the altar, for our own special needs, both spiritual and temporal, for those of our relatives, friends and benefactors, and also for those of our enemies. (Glory be) Praise and thanksgiving be evermore to Jesus, Who with his blood has saved us.
Eternal Father, we offer You the precious blood of Jesus, poured out on the cross and offered daily on the altar, for those who are to die this day, for the souls in purgatory, and for our final union with Christ in glory. (Glory be) Praise and thanksgiving be evermore to Jesus, Who with his blood has saved us.
St. Maria Goretti, Patroness of Youth & Children of Mary, Italy (1890-1902)—Feast, July 6: “The Holy Eucharist is the perfect expression of the love of Jesus Christ for man” (St. Maria).
St. Benedict, Priest, Founder of the Benedictines, Italy (c.480-547)--Feast, July 11: Inspired as a youth to live an authentic Christian life, St. Benedict (which means blessed) became a hermit and was asked to lead a community of monks. He founded a monastery and wrote the Benedictine rule, which spread throughout Europe. A great restorer of the faith and religious life, St. Benedict’s motto was “ora et labora.” St. Benedict sought to live always in the presence of God, and centered his life on the Holy Eucharist, through prayer and meditation. He urged Eucharistic Communion and devotion. St. Benedict died after receiving his last Holy Communion. Many miracles were attributed to him and the St. Benedict’s medal, which is blessed with special prayers for protection against evil, and is still worn by many today. Get a St. Benedict’s medal (have it blessed) for yourself and your family members.
St. Kateri Tekakwitha, Virgin, North America (1656-1680)--Feast, July 14: Lily of the Eucharist and Lily of the Mohawks. Born in Auriesville, NY, St. Kateri awoke early every morning to journey through the woods to the Chapel to visit and receive Jesus in the Holy Eucharist. She waited outside, even in the bitter cold of winter, until the chapel opened. A consecrated virgin, St. Kateri prayed, "I offer my soul to Christ the Lord in the Blessed Sacrament." She devoted her life to prayer, penance and the care of the sick and elderly. Her litany reads: "Kateri, who loved Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, pray for us."
St. Bonaventure, Bishop and Doctor, Italy (c. 1218-1274)--Feast, July 15: Known as the "Seraphic Doctor," St. Bonaventure--a Franciscan--wrote: "Lord Jesus Christ, pierce my soul with your love so that I may always long for you alone, who are the bread of angels and the fulfillment of the soul's deepest desires. May my heart always hunger for you, so that my soul may be filled with the sweetness of your presence."
Our Lady of Mount Carmel--Feast, July 16: Prayer: Flower of Carmel, Blossoming Vine, Splendor of Heaven, Mother Divine, None like to thee. Mother of Our King, Peerless and fair; To thy children of Carmel, Favors grant ever, Star of the Sea. Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us!
St. Mary Magdalene, Repentant Sinner and Disciple of Jesus--Feast, July 22: "When Jesus gives Himself to us in this Sacrament, we possess Him . . . as Magdalen did when she caressed and kissed his feet" (Fr. Lukas Etlin, The Holy Eucharist).
St. Bridget of Sweden, Wife, Mother and Religious (1303 -1373)--Feast, July 23: "Oh Jesus! Sweetness of hearts, delight of the spirit, by the bitterness of the vinegar and gall which Thou didst taste on the Cross for Love of us, grant us the grace to receive worthily Thy Precious Body and Blood during our life and at the hour of our death, that they may serve as a remedy and consolation for our souls. Amen" (St. Bridget of Sweden).
St. Sharbel Makhluf, Priest and Hermit, Lebanon (1828-1898)--Feast, July 24: A Lebanese Maronite Order priest, St. Charbel spent many hours each day in prayer before the Holy Eucharist. He became a hermit in the order and spent the first part of his day preparing to offer Mass and the second half in thanksgiving for the gift of our Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Many miracles have been wrought through his intercession.
St. James the Apostle, Martyr, (d. 42)—Feast, July 25: “‘If anyone among you is sad, let him pray’ (Jas 5:13). Eucharistic prayer is particularly effective in banishing sadness. For there we commune personally with the true presence of the Lord” (Fr. Foley).
St. Peter Chrysologus, Bishop, Doctor of Church, Italy (c. 380-450)--Feast, July 30: "Christ works the first of his signs from heaven by turning water into wine. But water [mixed with wine] has still to be changed into the sacrament of his blood, so that Christ may offer spiritual drink from the chalice of his body, to fulfill the psalmist's prophecy: How excellent is my chalice, warming my spirit" (St. Peter Chrysologus).
St. Ignatius of Loyola, Priest, Founder of Jesuits, Spain (1491-1556)--Feast, July 31: "Jesus in the Tabernacle protects me against all my enemies: against the evil spirits, the world, my own wicked passions and evil inclinations. He is my support in weakness, my comfort in suffering, my weapon in combat, my refreshment in heat, food for my hungry soul, my stimulus when I am exhausted--He is my Heaven on earth" (St. Ignatius).
St. Alphonsus Liguori, Bishop and Doctor, Italy (1696-1787)—Feast, Aug. 1: Jesus in the Holy Eucharist is “present on our altars as on a throne of love and mercy, to dispense graces and there to show us the love which he bears for us by being pleased to dwell night and day hidden in our midst” (St. Alphonsus Liguori).
St. John Vianney, Cure of Ars, Patron of Priests, France (1786-1859)—Feast, Aug. 4: “When we are before the Blessed Sacrament, let us open our heart; our good God will open His. We shall go to Him; He will come to us; the one to ask, the other to receive. It will be like a breath from one to the other” (St. John Vianney).
Feast of the Transfiguration—Aug. 6: “To look upon the face of Christ . . . is the task of every follower of Christ” (Pope John Paul II).
St. Dominic, Priest, Preacher, Founder of Dominicans, Spain (1170-1221)—Feast, Aug. 8: “Every night, after his friars had gone to bed, St. Dominic would go to the church, and there, near the Lord, spend the long exacting hours of the night in prayer where he found interior consolation, solace, secret joys, ineffable delights, which our Lord poured out from His enchanting Heart in this holy Sacrament of love” (Hidden Treasure, Louis Kaczmarek).
St. Lawrence, Deacon & Martyr, Patron of Deacons, the Poor, Rome (d. 258)—Feast, Aug. 10: St. Lawrence was one of the seven deacons of Rome, responsible for providing for the poor. He was martyred under the persecution of Valerian. According to tradition, St. Lawrence saved the Holy Grail (the chalice used by Jesus at the last supper) and sent it to his parents in Aragon, Spain. This chalice was used by St. Lawrence when he gave the Precious Blood of Christ in Holy Communion.
St. Clare of Assisi, Foundress of Poor Clare Nuns, Italy (1193-1253), Feast, Aug. 11: St. Clare "holding the monstrance with the Blessed Sacrament in sight of the enemies [Saracen soldiers] . . . prostrated herself before the Eucharistic God. Her prayer was heard, and the enemies, struck with a sudden panic, fled in terror" (Hoever).
St. Jane Frances de Chantal, Widow & Religious, France (1572-1641), Feast, Aug. 12: St. Jane Frances was a widow and mother of several children. Strengthened by her Eucharistic prayer life she grew close to God and was given the grace to minister to the sick, poor and needy. St. Jane founded the prolific "Order of the Visitation of Our Lady."
St. Maximilian Mary Kolbe, Priest, Martyr, Poland (1894-1941), Feast, Aug. 14: St. Maximilian--an ardent proponent of Perpetual Adoration--wrote, "He remains among us until the end of the world. He dwells on so many altars, though so often offended and profaned."
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven—August 15: Our Blessed Mother Mary was brought up to heaven, body and soul, by her Divine Son to be with the most Holy Trinity for eternity. She reigns, who held within her womb the word made flesh, God’s son made hers! (Hymn).
St. Pius X, Pope of the Blessed Sacrament, Italy, Feast, Aug. 21: He said, The devotion to the Eucharist is the most noble, because it has God as its object; it is the most profitable for salvation, because it gives us the Author of Grace; it is the sweetest, because it is Sweetness itself.
The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary—August 22: “In the Cenacle, this August Queen kneels as adoratrix and servant of the Most Blessed Sacrament” (St. Peter Julian Eymard). The Blessed Virgin Mary is our Queen who intercedes for us beneath the throne of her Son day and night, night and day. She loves us as a most loving Mother and wants our salvation even more than we do. Blessed Mama Mary please pray for us and all of our loved ones. Pray for our church, our country, our world!
St. Bartholomew (Nathanael) the Apostle, Martyr (d. 71)—Feast, Aug. 24:“Lord, sustain within us the faith which made Saint Bartholomew ever loyal to Christ. Let your Church be the sign of salvation for all the nations of the world.” (Prayer)
St. Monica, Wife, Mother, North Africa, (332-387), Feast, Aug. 27: Converted prodigal son, Augustine, wrote of his Mother's Eucharistic devotion: "To this sacrament of our redemption Thy handmaid had bound her soul by the bond of faith."
St. Augustine, Bishop, Doctor of the Church, N. Africa, (354-430), Feast, Aug. 28: St. Augustine wrote, "God in His omnipotence could not give more, in His wisdom knew not how to give more, in His riches had not more to give than the Eucharist."
Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary—Sept. 8: “Today this created world is raised to the dignity of a holy place for him who made all things. The creature is newly prepared to be a divine dwelling place” (St. Andrew of Crete).
St. Peter Claver, Jesuit Priest, (1580-1654), Spain—Feast, Sept. 9: Through the Eucharist, St. Peter cared for and worked to free slaves in Colombia. Saint Peter Claver worked tirelessly for the faith, spending his life in its service.
Most Holy Name of the Blessed Virgin Mary: Blessed Be Thy Holy Name!—Sept. 12: “In the same way as the rebel angels fly from sinners who invoke the name of Mary, so also do the good angels approach nearer to just souls who pronounce her name with devotion” (St. Bridget).
The Exaltation of the Holy Cross—Sept. 14: “Hail, O cross, consecrated by the body of Christ, his members have made your wood more noble than precious pearls” (Responsory). “Souls desiring to make great progress in virtue quickly choose for their teacher and guide Jesus Christ on the cross and in the Blessed Sacrament” (St. Mary Magdalen de’ Pazzi).
Our Lady of Sorrows: “Behold your Mother!” (Jn 19:27)—Sept. 15: “You cannot refuse anything to this Queen, Your Mother. Therefore, in her name, we ask the reign of Your Sacred Heart through the Holy Eucharist. Prove to us once more that she is all-powerful when the interests of Your glory are at stake” (Fr. Mateo Crawley-Boevey). Our Lady of Sorrows, pray for us!
St. Januarius, Bishop, Martyr, Italy (d. 305)—Feast, September 19: Since the early days of the Church, Christians used cloths or flasks to collect the blood of the martyrs to preserve for devotion. The blood of St. Januarius, who was beheaded under Diocletian, was gathered and venerated over the centuries. In 1389, a phenomenon began to happen—during a procession with the blood of St. Januarius it began to bubble. Since then the coagulated blood has miraculously liquefied several times a year! The blood is said to liquefy after many prayers (e.g., following Mass). This miracle is a symbol of the hope that we find in the protection of the Precious Body and Blood of Christ our Savior.
St. Pio of Pietrelcina, Franciscan Priest, Stigmatist, Mystic, Italy (1887-1968)—Feast, Sept. 23: “How can the mother of Jesus, present at the foot of the Cross on Calvary, who offered her Son as Victim for the salvation of souls, be absent at the mystical Calvary of the altar?” “I weep and mourn at the feet of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament for often I’m consoled” (St. Padre Pio).
Archangels—Feast, September 29: St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle, be our protection against the wickedness and snares of the devil: may God rebuke him we humbly pray and do thou, O Prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into hell Satan and all evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. St. Michael, protector of the Eucharist, pray for us! St. Gabriel bring us Gods word! St. Raphael bring us Gods healing!
St. Jerome, Priest & Doctor, Patron of Librarians, Dalmatia (c. 340-d. 420)---Feast, Sept. 30: St. Jerome was a great Scripture scholar. “Without doubt, the Lord grants all favors which are asked of Him in Mass, provided they be fitting for us; and, which is a matter of great wonder, ofttimes He also grants that also which is not demanded of Him, if we, on our part, put no obstacle in the way.”
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