What Has Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI Said About Eucharistic Adoration?

07-31-2016Eucharistic Adoration

"Go to…encounter Jesus in the Blessed Eucharist, go to adore Him in the churches, kneeling before the tabernacle: Jesus will fill you with His love and will reveal to you the thoughts of His heart. If you listen to Him, you will feel ever more deeply the joy of belonging to His Mystical Body, the Church, which is the family of His disciples held close by the bond of unity and love."
— Message to Young Catholics of the Netherlands (November 21, 2005)

Why Were the Divine Praises Originally Prayed, and When Are They Prayed During Adoration?

07-24-2016Eucharistic Adoration

The Divine Praises were originally prayed as a prayer of reparation for blasphemy and profane language. It is a sequence of acclamations blessing God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Blessed Virgin Mary, St. Joseph, and all the angels and saints. The prayer was composed by a Jesuit priest, Luigi Felici, in 1797. The Divine Praises are traditionally recited following Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. They are prayed by the priest (or deacon) and worshippers before Jesus Eucharistic (contained in the Consecrated Host) is returned to the tabernacle following Adoration.

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What Do the Images on the Portrait Hanging Outside of the Sacred Heart Chapel Mean?

07-17-2016Eucharistic Adoration

The Portrait of Our Lord was purchased as a gift by a family in our parish and donated to St. Magdalen de Pazzi Church.Father Tim blessed the image. It hangs as a reminder of the devotion our parish has to adoring Jesus’ Real Presence inthe Most Blessed Sacrament.

The image is an artistic proclamation of the Real Presence of our Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. It wascreated by Ron Parish of Adadx6 Images in Omaha, Nebraska (www.PortraitofOurLord.com). He put together four digitalphotos representing: the Last Supper, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection, and Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament of theAltar.

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Can I Pray to Our Blessed Mother While I am Before the Blessed Sacrament in Eucharistic Adoration?

07-10-2016Eucharistic Adoration

In his book, 21 Ways to Worship: A Guide to Eucharistic Adoration, Vinny Flynn reminds us that devotion to Our Blessed Mother is very appropriate during Eucharistic Adoration because She leads us to Jesus always!

From his encyclical, The Church of the Eucharist, #57, Saint Pope John Paul II writes, "If the Church and the Eucharist are inseparably united, the same can be said of Mary and the Eucharist." Our Lady is always at the side of Jesus in the Eucharist.

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What Happens if I Fall Asleep While I am Before the Blessed Sacrament in Eucharistic Adoration?

07-03-2016Eucharistic Adoration

In his book, 21 Ways to Worship: A Guide to Eucharistic Adoration, Vinny Flynn addresses the question of falling asleep while praying and adoring Our Eucharistic Lord in the Most Blessed Sacrament in adoration. He reminds us that God is a Perfect Father who loves us unconditionally and constantly. If we desire to be before Our Lord in adoration but fall into sleep, Our Loving Father would not be upset or angry with us. He will continue to pour His graces into our resting heart.

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What is One Meditation I Could Pray When I Come to Adoration?**

06-26-2016Eucharistic Adoration

Below is a short meditation you could take with you and pray when you come for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament:

Start by sitting or kneeling. Close your eyes or look deeply into the Blessed Sacrament before you. Repeat the Name of Jesus quietly in your heart again and again.

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What Short Prayers Could I Pray When I Come to Pray Before the Blessed Sacrament in Eucharistic Adoration?

06-19-2016Eucharistic Adoration

When you come for a visit with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament you could use the following two prayers at the beginning of your visit. The third prayer could be prayed before you leave.

Prayer of Adoration
I adore you Jesus, true God, and true man, present in the holy Eucharist, kneeling before you and united in spirit with all the faithful on earth and all the saints in heaven. In gratitude for so great a blessing, I love you with all my heart, for you are worthy of all praise and adoration. Lord Jesus Christ, may I never offend you with my lack of love. May your Eucharistic presence refresh me in body and soul. Mary, Mother of the Eucharistic Lord, pray for me and obtain for me a greater love for Jesus. Amen.

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What Are the Two Eucharistic Miracles That Took Place in Lanciano, Italy? (Part 2)

06-12-2016Eucharistic Adoration

The Second of the Two Eucharistic Miracles of Lanciano, Italy:

God our Father longs to increase our faith in His Son's Eucharistic Presence still here on earth. There are many miracles of the Eucharist in Church history. One such miracle took place in Lanciano, Italy. This town's history is closely related to the crucifixion of Jesus.

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What Are the Two Eucharistic Miracles That Took Place in Lanciano, Italy? (Part 1)

06-05-2016Eucharistic Adoration

Here is the First of the Two Eucharistic Miracles of Lanciano, Italy:

God our Father longs to increase our faith in His Son's Eucharistic Presence still here on earth. There are many miracles of the Eucharist in Church history. One such miracle took place in Lanciano, Italy. This town's history is closely related to the crucifixion of Jesus.

In John's Gospel it says: The soldiers therefore came; and they broke the legs of the first, and of the other that was crucified with him. But after they were come to Jesus, when they saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. But one of the soldiers with a spear opened his side, and immediately there came out blood and water. And he that saw it, has given testimony; and his testimony is true; that you may also believe. For these things were done, that the scripture might be fulfilled: "You shall not break a bone of him." And again another scripture said: "They shall look on him whom they pierced." John 19:32-37

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