By: Laura Worhacz
"Magnificat"-"My soul doth magnify the Lord,... because He hath regarded the humility of His handmaid." And St. Joseph, St. Joachim and St. Ann, did they not also come to pay their visit of respect and love? The sight of the Blessed Virgin must indeed have filled the Saints with joy, so pure a reflex of Jesus' light. (St. Peter Julian Eymard, Vol. 7 Eymard Library, page 90)
Dearest Eucharistic Family,
With the Mass at the center of our lives and Jesus with us in the Blessed Sacrament we have all that we need in the grace of God. The Magnificat invites us to continue in our prayer of the Catholic Church by sharing in the Liturgy of the Hours. After the Mass, with It being the Highest form of prayer, we have the opportunity to "Sing with Mary" with one heart and voice praising God. Participating in this voice of the Church, a greater union is formed in and through the Eucharist. We sing with Mary, with all the Angels and Saints proclaiming the Glory of God in all of the Psalms and Readings prepared for us. Jesus' light is a pure reflex once joined with the joy of Heaven in the sight of the Blessed Virgin, given to Our Father by offering our voices as one. The formation of our souls continues through our devotions, a lifelong formation is one to long for. We are always striving to be in deeper intimacy with God. The Word of God offers us this by sharing in the Liturgy of the Hours. We sing with Mary,
"Love divine, all loves excelling, Joy of heaven, to earth come down. And impart to us here dwelling, grace and mercy all around. Jesus source of all compassion, Pure unbounded love you share; Grant us many choicest blessings, Keep us in your loving care."
We come to pay our visit, our respect to God. We join St. Joseph, St. Joachim and St. Ann, and all the Angels and Saints, in love and respect to behold the promise of Our Father. With all of the modern day Apps there is easy access to the Liturgy of the Hours. It may be a good practice to try to include morning and evening prayers to your day. Our Souls doth Magnify the Lord, we sing with Mary pure and lowly virgin mother undefiled.
Please offer the prayer to Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament having it direct your heart to your consecration promise.
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament
Blessed are you, Mary exalted daughter of Sion!
You are highly favoured and full of grace, for the spirit of God descended upon you.
We magnify the Lord and rejoice with you for the gift of the Word made flesh, bread of life and cup of joy.
Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, our model of prayer in the cenacle, pray for us that we may become what we receive, the body of Christ your son. Amen.
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We are Ivonne J. Hernandez, Rick Hernandez and Laura Worhacz, Lay Associates of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, and brothers and sisters in Christ.