By: Laura Worhacz
Preparation week theme: Empty thyself
St. Peter Julian Eymard's words:
"O Glorious Chaplain of the cenacle, you will teach us to know the mysteries of the life of our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament; you will make us enter into her dispositions every time we receive or adore the God of the Eucharist...We need a model, a patron, a guide in our devotion to Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament. We choose St. John the Evangelist. Jesus had entrusted His Mother to him, and St. John celebrated Holy Mass daily in the presence of Mary. St. John was the witness of Mary's Adoration; he was the confidant of her love. not only that he might be a son to her in His place, but that he might by the Holy Mysteries he celebrated for her, and according to her intentions, give her the means of satisfying her heart's ardent desires for the establishment of the Church, and also to console her for her Son's absence by the happiness she felt in being nourished with Him every day." (St. Peter Julian Eymard Library Vol. 7 Page 9)
Are we not all drawn to be like the beloved disciple who rested his head on the Heart of Jesus Christ at the Last Supper? Fitting that this meditation should be the last day of preparation before entering into the daily consecration readings. Mary, teach us to pray, is the conclusion of our preparation week. We pray to empty ourselves and let the Holy Spirit enter our hearts, minds, bodies, and souls. God chose to leave our Lady on earth after His Crucifixion for over twenty years. This was yet another gift for us. "Behold thy Mother, Mother Behold thy Son" (Jn19:27). Mary continued to live Her life in God after the Crucifixion of Her Son. St. John served Her Holy Communion as he celebrated Holy Mass daily. The Love of Jesus was brought down from Heaven "to give her the means to satisfy her hearts desires for the establishment of the Church." SPJ
We too are invited to receive Jesus in Holy Communion with the desire to further establish the Catholic Church throughout our lives. The eagle represents St. John, he soars above all things like the eagle by keeping his head resting on the Heart of Jesus Christ at the Last Supper. He is the beloved disciple, the faithful one who stood at the foot of the cross. May this faithfulness be ours through the intercession of St. John, the glorious chaplain of the Cenacle. May he bring us to Mary who will help us behold Her as Mother.
"Aspiration- Hail, Mary, of whom was born Jesus Eucharistic! "SPJ
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.