Preparation week theme: Empty thyself
St. Peter Julian Eymard's words:
"And devotion to our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament will grow with the worship of the Eucharist... I have not found this devotion treated of in any work; nor have I ever heard it spoken of except in the Revelations of Mother Mary of Jesus, where I read something about Mary's Communions; and again, in the Acts of the Apostles, where we find our Lady in the Cenacle." Eymard Library Pages 5-6
In the preparatory meditation, it is good not to pass over these words without the reality of what is being said by St. Peter Julian to set in. Mary after the Crucifixion lived some twenty years. Mary's fiat united her heart to the Cenacle and through her own reception of Holy Communion kept the cenacle alive past the sorrow of the memory of Calvary. Until the Assumption, the Apostle, St. John celebrated Mass for Mary so that she could receive Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
"She was the Mother and Queen of adorers. She was in a word, Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament." Saint Peter Julian
Please recite the Veni Creator 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.
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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.
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