Week 4 theme: "Mother of Adorers"
Consecration to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament St. Peter Julian Eymard, Library Vol. 7 Pages 132-137
(Or pages 131-135 on the online book. You can find the link here:)
St Peter Julian Eymard's words:
Chapter title: Mary's Prayer of Adoration
Mary devoted herself exclusively to the Eucharistic glory of Jesus. She knew it was the desire of the Eternal Father to make the Eucharist known, loved and served by all men; that the need of Jesus' Heart was to communicate to all men His gifts of grace and glory. She knew, too, that it was the mission of the Holy Spirit to extend and perfect in the hearts of men the reign of Jesus Christ, and that the Church had been founded only to give Jesus to the world.
...she was consumed with the desire to make Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament known to all, to inflame all hearts with His love, to see them enchained to His loving service.
...In her boundless zeal, she embraced the needs of the Faithful everywhere, for all time to come, who would inherit the Holy Eucharist and be Its adorers.
But the mission dearest to Mary's heart was that of constant prayer for the success of the preaching and the missionary labors of the Apostles and of all the members of Jesus Christ's priesthood. It is not surprising, then, that those Apostolic workers so easily converted entire kingdoms, for Mary remained constantly at the foot of the Throne of Mercy, supplicating on their behalf the Savior's benevolence. Her prayers converted countless souls,... "Blessed is he for whom Mary prays!"
Eucharistic adorers share Mary's life and mission of prayer at the foot of the Most Blessed Sacrament. ...It is, moreover, the most necessary to the Church,... We must have souls who by their importunity re-open the treasures of grace... We must have true adorers; that is to say, men of fervor and of sacrifice. ...
Mary's apostolate, moreover, consisted in the very persuasive preaching of example. ...
...Any negligence in dress, or carelessness of manner on his part would indicate little faith and a disorderly interior.
Respect in the holy place, above all before the Most Holy Sacrament, ought to be the characteristic exterior virtue of adorers....
...Jesus Christ-for example is the royal lesson of wisdom and most fruitful apostolate.
Practice-Let us pray for the exact accomplishment of the Decree of the Holy Father concerning the First Communion of little children, and for the catechists who prepare them.
Aspiration-Hail, O Mary who hast vanquished all heresies against the Holy Eucharist, through the apostolate of thy prayer!
Mother of Adorers, bless us in thee, "Blessed is he for whom Mary prays!" Imagine that Mary's prayer of adoration brought someone to pass the Catholic Faith onto us. We can be sure Our Blessed Mother was with them on our behalf at our Baptism and continued Sacramental life. Whether you are a "Cradle Catholic" or have entered into Christ's love late, our Mother of the Blessed Sacrament had a share in that entrance into the life of the Heart of her Son. "Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat." (Matt: 7:13) The narrow gate is a dedication to Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament who like Mary, "devoted herself exclusively to the Eucharistic glory of Jesus." We who are given the grace are called to prepare ourselves to Receive Communion as if it would be our first or our last. We are called to be as much as possible at the "Throne of Mercy." before the Blessed Sacrament. St. Peter Julian guides our thoughts to our mission as Adorers of the Blessed Sacrament. "Eucharistic adorers share Mary's life and mission of prayer at the foot of the Most Blessed Sacrament." The intercession of our prayers united to the heart of the Mother of Adorers will continue to bring success to the endeavors of the missions, Priests and all members of the Catholic Church. Mary's consecrated children share in her intentions. We trust in where this Mother of Mercy will offer them first. Mother of Adorers guide us to be like you. Instill in our hearts that nothing can separate us from the love of God. "Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:39)
In the final days of our chapter readings we unite them once again to the scriptures, in particular to the Most Holy Rosary. The thread going through the third mysteries could only once again be provided for us by Divine Wisdom. In the birth of Jesus we pray for a detachment from things of this world. Nothing is more important than Jesus Christ being born for us, nothing more sacred than a precious child, nothing reveals God more to us than LIFE. We rejoice in the glorious gift God gives us in children, if we are blessed to have them either physically or spiritually, "For this child did I pray, and the Lord hath granted me my petition, which I asked of him." (1 Sam:1:27) Every second is a gift of precious time loaned to us for a while. We pray for a detachment from all things to focus on the gift of life. In succession of the third mysteries of the Rosary, we move next to the third sorrowful mystery. In The Crowning of Thorns we offer our prayer for a profound humility and trust. The birth of Christ who was born in the most humble place with the trust of His parents is brought to the fullness of this life of trust in The Father. This life of trust magnifies the true power of God when the mockery of men look in the face of Mercy and choose evil. Our humility offered in silence to the Heavenly Father when we are called to be humble in the face of evil, is a grace that can only be carried out from the Divine connection to the Heart of God. When Jesus was Crowned with Thorns he looked up to His Father and did not utter a word. His trust was all that was needed. His pain was not in vain, only withheld from glory until the Promise of the Father would be revealed for the offering. In the Crowning of Thorns is a trust that could only be extended to us by the Triune God. In the birth we find humility and trust; in the Crowning of Thorns we find humility and trust. The Proclamation of Heaven would continue to string the third mysteries. In this we pray for a desire for holiness connecting to true humility: holiness. God the Father is Proclaimed by the continued humble service that breathes through the life of His Son. Coming into the fullness of God's gifts, we are given the third Glorious Mystery. Here we are given the Fire of God's Love with the Descent of the Holy Spirit. The Merciful Heart of Our Creator will grasp the humble offerings. This is the only entrance into the magnitude of the great descent of the Power of the Almighty. God will never forsake us. He did not forsake His Son. His time is endless and His Glory is revealed in His infinite Wisdom beyond our wants and fears. "And the peace of God, which surpasseth all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus." (Phil: 4:7) St. Peter Julian shares, "But the mission dearest to Mary's heart was that of constant prayer for the success of the preaching and the missionary labors of the Apostles and of all the members of Jesus Christ's priesthood. It is not surprising, then, that those Apostolic workers so easily converted entire kingdoms, for Mary remained constantly at the foot of the Throne of Mercy, supplicating on their behalf the Savior's benevolence. Her prayers converted countless souls,... "Blessed is he for whom Mary prays!" Our prayer begins before the Eucharistic Lord it extends through our Rosaries, living or recited. The offering of our daily duties will keep the Gospel alive in the Savior's benevolence: GOODNESS manifested in our lives.
Keep your consecration preparation alive by making a conscious effort to offer the readings and reflections through Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament. Remember we are preparing to make a promise, a promise to enter more deeply into the Will of God for our lives. We strive to obtain a good prayer routine, however if your day is taken in a path that comes as a surprise to you, the offering of your will to God's Will is the gift you offer for the day. If the only thing you do in a day is Receive Jesus in Holy Communion you have done everything! If you cannot get to daily Mass embrace the offering of a Spiritual Communion prayer with a wholehearted charity. If it is a day that you cannot even recite a formal prayer you can simply ask, "Jesus although I cannot receive you Sacramentally please come Spiritually into my heart as if I have Received You." Then take some time to be with Jesus and you will be keeping your dedication to the Blessed Sacrament alive, nourished and real. Consecrating your life is to enter more fully into the Mystery of Christ. Our lives will become a living prayer. Our happiness will be found through our lives in this mystery of Christ. Mary's prayer of Adoration will permeate our existence. Our lives will be blessed by the Eucharistic love we will live in Jesus Christ. St. Peter Julian, "...she was consumed with the desire to make Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament known to all, to inflame all hearts with His love, to see them enchained to His loving service." Mary Mother of Adorers teach us to pray!
"Mary adored her very dear Son in His character of Victim immolated perpetually on our Altars, incessantly imploring grace and mercy for sinners, through the merits of His death." - St Peter Julian
"And the angel answering, said to her: The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the most High shall overshadow thee. And therefore also the Holy which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:35)
Make a perpetual promise to recite a spiritual communion prayer if you cannot get to daily Mass, the faith you place into the prayer is the grace you will receive from it. Continue to journal and prepare for a good and humble confession. Reach out to someone who you know may hurt you again with a simple message that you are praying for them.
For Week IV to accompany the daily readings please pray the Litany of the Most Blessed Sacrament. You may continue the prayers from the previous weeks, the Veni Creator, the Ave Maris Stella and the prayer to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament.
Ponder these words through your prayers this week:
" In your prayer aspire to nourish yourself upon God... This is the secret of true prayer; to discover God's action and plans in His love for us! Then the soul cries out, 'How good you are, oh my God! What can I do for you? What could please you?' That is the flame which rises from the hearth. To attain such a living prayer, we must forget ourselves, or avoid seeking ourselves in any way in prayer. We must simplify the work of our mind by a simple and calm view of God's truths." St. Peter JulianEymard Paris, August 27, 1867
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, pray for us.
Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, have mercy on us.
Litany of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Lord, have mercy. R. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. R. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. R. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us. R. Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, R. have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, R. have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, R. have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, R. have mercy on us.
Jesus, Eternal High Priest of the Eucharistic Sacrifice, R. have mercy on us.
Jesus, Divine Victim on the Altar for our salvation, R. have mercy on us.
Jesus, hidden under the appearance of bread, R. have mercy on us.
Jesus, dwelling in the tabernacles of the world, R. have mercy on us.
Jesus, really, truly and substantially present in the Blessed Sacrament, R. have mercy on us.
Jesus, abiding in Your fulness, Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, R. have mercy on us.
Jesus, Bread of Life, R. have mercy on us.
Jesus, Bread of Angels, R. have mercy on us.
Jesus, with us always until the end of the world, R. have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, summit and source of all worship and Christian life, R. have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, sign and cause of the unity of the Church, R. have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, adored by countless angels, R. have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, spiritual food, R. have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, Sacrament of love, R. have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, bond of charity, R. have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, greatest aid to holiness, R. have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, gift and glory of the priesthood, R. have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, in which we partake of Christ, R. have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, in which the soul is filled with grace, R. have mercy on us.
Sacred Host, in which we are given a pledge of future glory, R. have mercy on us.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
For those who do not believe in Your Eucharistic presence, R. have mercy, O Lord.
For those who are indifferent to the Sacrament of Your love, R. have mercy on us.
For those who have offended You in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar, R. have mercy on us.
That we may show fitting reverence when entering Your holy temple, R. we beseech You, hear us.
That we may make suitable preparation before approaching the Altar, R. we beseech You, hear us.
That we may receive You frequently in Holy Communion with real devotion and true humility, R. we beseech You, hear us.
That we may never neglect to thank You for so wonderful a blessing, R. we beseech You, hear us.
That we may cherish time spent in silent prayer before You, R. we beseech You, hear us.
That we may grow in knowledge of this Sacrament of sacraments, R. we beseech You, hear us.
That all priests may have a profound love of the Holy Eucharist, R. we beseech You, hear us.
That they may celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in accordance with its sublime dignity, R. we beseech You, hear us.
That we may be comforted and sanctified with Holy Viaticum at the hour of our death, R. we beseech You, hear us.
That we may see You one day face to face in Heaven, R. we beseech You, hear us.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, R. spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, R. graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, R. have mercy on us, O Lord.
V. O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine,
R. all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine.
Let us pray,
Most merciful Father,
You continue to draw us to Yourself
through the Eucharistic Mystery.
Grant us fervent faith in this Sacrament of love,
in which Christ the Lord Himself is contained, offered and received.
We make this prayer through the same Christ our Lord. R. Amen.
Description: Litany of the Blessed Sacrament:
Written by St. Peter Julian Eymard, the founder of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers. This litany is ecclesiastically approved for liturgical use and has the Nihil Obstat and Imprimatur.
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