Do This in Memory of Me: Thanksgiving
By Laura Worhacz
Mary’s adoration of Thanksgiving
She offered herself to serve His Adorable Sacrament; she consented to delay the hour of her reward, in order, that she might remain an adorer on earth, commissioned to guard, to serve the Eucharist, happy to die at the foot of the divine Tabernacle. In her adoration in the Cenacle, Mary daily renewed her thanksgiving: “How good thou art, my Savior and my Son!” His heart must have rejoiced at having left Mary His Sacramental Presence for her consolation! Mary’s Thanksgiving was furthermore, most agreeable to Jesus because the recognition of benefits received and gratitude of them please Him above all else.”
- St. Peter Julian Eymard (Eymard Library Volume 7)
Dearest Eucharistic Family,
Eucharistica; Thanksgiving! The sacrament of the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ really, truly, and substantially present under the appearances of bread and wine. Thinking of the many blessings in life, the greatest comes from the depths of our souls in thanksgiving for the grace to know Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Mary remained on earth after the death of her Son to “guard, to serve the Eucharist…Mary renewed her thanksgiving daily.” St. Peter Julian reminds us that Mary agreed to wait to go to Heaven, so she might adore on earth and further fulfill the commission of her love. Our Father allowed us this example of Mary’s thanks, so the Glory of His Son’s resurrection would be manifested to us in a humble piece of bread, Thanksgiving!
The body of Christ is further adored when we care for our loved ones, when we teach, preach, nurture, and console. Mary remained on earth, but the memory of Jesus with her was surely etched deeply in her heart. Our Lady’s adoration of the Blessed Sacrament brought the memory to the present moment. The magnanimity of Mary enabled her to feel the heartbeat of Jesus. It continued to beat with her heart, Heaven on earth. By our Eucharist attentiveness we too have the gift to bring the memories of love and traditions of past Thanksgiving Days alive through faith, hope and charity. Our loved ones that have gone before us, our loved ones that have moved away, and our loved ones that have moved on remain with us in the power of God’s eternal love. Eucharistica; thanksgiving for all the Almighty has given us and continues to give us in His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity truly present in the Blessed Sacrament.
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.