By: Laura Worhacz
Preparation week theme: Empty thyself
St. Peter Julian Eymard's words:
"Mary's consent to the Incarnation inaugurates the great mystery of reparation to God and union with us which Jesus Christ accomplished during His mortal life, and that He continues in the Eucharist" Saint Peter Julian Eymard (Page 1 Eymard Library Vol. 7).
First, it would be good to note that vol. 7 was composed to be read during May to prepare for June- which the Catholic Church dedicates to the Body of Christ. However, we will be using it to make a formal consecration promise to Jesus through Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament. We begin on February 20th to prepare and conclude on the greatest of all days; The Solemnity of The Annunciation of the Lord. This 33-day method of preparation may end on any Marian feast day or feast day noteworthy to you in honor of Jesus, His Mother, and the Saints.
The Incarnation, the Annunciation, is the highest pivotal moment in the history of man. This is when the promise of the Father is given to us by way of Mary. Mary's yes, Her Fiat, the triumph over sin and death became a reality for us. It is written, "And you shall conceive and bear a Son, and His name shall be called Jesus" (Luke 1:31-33). We choose this day to consecrate as simple children of God offering back to Him His life in us. We keep the Incarnation of Jesus Christ alive through our Baptism and the reception of Holy Communion. The fall of our human nature rises employing this promise of our Father, through the redeeming life of Jesus Christ offered to us in the Blessed Sacrament.
Please recite the Veni Creator:
In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (make the sign of the Cross.)
We offer this prayer to you O Lord with the specific intention to empty thyself.
COME, O Creator Spirit blest,
And in our souls take up Thy rest,
Come with Thy grace and Heavenly aid,
To fill the hearts which Thou hast made.
Great Paraclete! To Thee we cry,
O highest gift of God most high!
O fount of life! O fire of love!
And sweet anointing from above.
Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts art known,
The finger of God's hand we own;
The promise of the Father, Thou!
Who dost the tongue with power endow.
Kindle our senses from above,
And make our hearts over flow with love;
With patience firm and virtues high,
The weakness of our flesh supply.
Far from us drive the foe we dread,
And grant us Thy true peace instead;
So shall we not, with Thee for guide,
Turn from the path of life aside.
And, may Thy grace on us bestow
The Father and the Son to know,
And Thee through endless times confessed
Of both the Eternal Spirit blest.
All glory while the ages run
Be to the Father and the Son
Who rose from death; the same to Thee,
O Holy Spirit, eternally. Amen.
Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, pray for us.
We are Ivonne Hernandez, Rick Hernandez and Laura Worhacz, Lay Associates of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, and brothers and sisters in Christ.