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" "In the first place it should be known that if a person is seeking God, his beloved is seeking him much more." — St. John of the Cross

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Eucharistic Reflection - Looking at the Sacramenal Species With Eyes of Faith

[The following guidelines given to priests will no doubt enhance our devotion as well.] 

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"After uttering the words which bring Christ down upon the altar, look at the sacramental species with the eyes of faith.

As you kneel, see the legions of angels which surround Christ and adore him with profound reverence. This sight should make you exceedingly humble.

In the elevation, contemplate Christ elevated on the Cross. Ask Him to bring all things to Him­self. Make fervent acts of faith, hope, love, adoration, humil­ity, saying with the mind, 'Jesus, Son of God, have mercy on me! My Lord and my God I love you, my God I adore you with my whole heart and soul'. You may also renew the intention of the Mass which you are celebrating, offering up the Eucharist according to its four ends.[i] 

But when you lift up the chalice, make sure to remember in a very contrite way that the blood of Christ has been shed for you, even though you have oftentimes despised it. Adore him so as to make up for your past neglect."

(From The Sacrifice of the Mass by Cardinal Giovanni Bona)

[i]Adoration: To give God honor and glory; Thanksgiving: To give thanks to God for His benefits; Reparation: To obtain the remission of our sins; and Prayer or Supplication: To obtain for ourselves, as well as for others, graces and favors, both temporal and spiritual, through Jesus Christ our Lord. – (Source – Catholic Answers Forum)

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