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.

We are in a time when many people only refer to God in an exclamatory fashion after an accident or something occurs that disturbs them. Praying this litany lets us sing His Divine Praises. As we say in the introduction to the Eucharist prayer at Mass, "It is right and just [to give Him praise]."

Saint Thomas Aquinas tells us reciting praises to God can increase the fervor of our devotion to Him. He says, "We praise God not for His benefit but for ours." The Divine Praises remind us of the glories of the Trinity, and of the key role our Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, and the Angels and saints have played in our salvation as well. *

Blessed be God. Blessed be His Holy Name. Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man. Blessed be the Name of Jesus. Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart. Blessed be His Most Precious Blood. Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete. Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy. Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception. Blessed be her Glorious Assumption. Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother. Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse. Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints. Amen.
*Our Catholic Prayers, 2011