WHY WE SHOULD ADORE CHRIST IN THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
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WHY WE SHOULD ADORE
IN THE BLESSED SACRAMENT
It is no strain of music, no tinsel of vestment, no pomp of ceremonial which attracts us to our churches, which holds us captive in them. No! For Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament offers the same attractions, commands the same reverent attention, elicits the same humble adoration, whether we assist at His worship amid the poverty and simplicity of an Indian chapel, or assist at it amid the wealth and grandeur of a stately cathedral; it is Christ in the Eucharist Who hold us captive. It matters not to us whether He is worshipped amid the squalor of a stable, as at Bethlehem, by the lowly and the illiterate, or as afterward when offered gold and incense, He is adored by the hIgh-born and learned, by kings and wise men.
Let us do all in our power, however, to beautify the house of God; let us endeavor to render to Our Lord in the Sacrament of the Altar an external worship worthy of His majesty and goodness . . . While passing a church manifest your devotion to the Blessed Sacrament by some sign of reverence. Lift your hat and incline your head, when you pass your Divine Friend, and say in your heart that you love Him and will be faithful to Him. Say for instance, "All for Thee, O Jesus!" or "My God and my All!"
One of our duties to Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament is, evidently, to visit him; for it is not for nothing that He deigns to remain in permanent residence among us . . .We ought to visit Him more frequently, and our visits ought to be made not only from a sense of duty, but also from motives of love and delight. Yet sometimes the Tenant of the Tabernacle would seem to be the only neighbor with whom we are hardly on visiting terms . . . O my Jesus! grant that Thou mayest be the object of my thoughts and affections, the subject of my conversations, the end of my actions, the companion of my life, the companion of my death, and my reward eternally in thy Heavenly Kingdom. Amen.
In the "modern" Church the architects of the "lay-centered," presider "Church,", Our Lord is either the object of sacrilege or is absent all together. The Book of Daniel the prophet forewarns about a coming time when the everlasting Sacrifice will be taken away from us. O too little do we have fervor for Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Visit with Him as He has deigned to come to us so humbly under the appearances of a host and some wine. If you gave no fervor, ask him for this grace; if you are already fervent, ask him that you will never lose it, lest He wills it for a trial for you; if you have not the habit of frequent acts of short prayer to Our Lord during the day, begin to acquire this habit now. Visit Him while there is still time before the dark days ahead, when you will surely know what it is you long for and can no longer find with great difficulty it at all.
Have you ever wondered why our God should choose to come to us in such an ordinary but extraordinary manner? We are sinners and know that we are. We cannot look at Our Savior face to face. So He comes in mercy and love to us anyway as a little bread from Heaven that we might longingly gaze upon Him despite our sins and bad habits. Habits are so easily acquired because it is in the nature of the human person to be habitual. Why is is that we so often fall into habits that are less than pious? Why we might as easily develop the habit of union with Christ in so many easy and little ways that take almost no effort when compared to the lengths we tend to go to acquire some status or worldly satisfaction.
Below is a menu of Eucharistic prayers ---- short and longer ---- something for every personality. A web page is not a tabernacle, but you can have Jesus in your heart anyway. He waits for us, in fact pleads with us to visit with Him.
"In the same way as a friend doth often visit his friend, so do thou often visit Jesus in the Holy Sacrament of the Altar; and as often as thou dost visit Him, offer again and again His most Precious Blood to the Eternal Father. If thou wilt do this thou wilt find that the love of God will wonderfully increase in thy heart, and that thou wilt become truly devout and spiritual."
St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi
SOME OF THE ABOVE TAKEN FROM MY PRAYER BOOK BY FR. F. X. LASANCE, BENZIGER BROS., ORIGINAL PUBLISHERS;
EXCERPTS PRINTED HERE WITH PERMISSION OF THE DISTRIBUTOR.
COME, LET US ADORE HIM!
EXCELLENT EXTERNAL LINKS:
to the Eucharist
The Real Presence
The Eucharist in Scripture
The Early Christians Believed in the Real Presence
The Eucharist and Vatican II
Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration
Links to Other Eucharistic Pages
The Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano
Missionaries of the Blessed Sacrament:
They will help you in setting up Eucharistic Adoration in your parish.
They also maintain a list of Chapels and Churches throughout the U.S.,
CAN., Central AMER., and South AMER. that have hours of adoration.
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