Thursday, September 24, 2009

The Blessed Sacrament

Lord Jesus, at the Last Supper as you sat at table with your apostles, you offered yourself to the Father as the spotless lamb, the acceptable gift that renders perfect praise to him. You have given us the memorial of your Passion to bring us its saving power until the end of time. In this great sacrament you feed your people and strengthen them in holiness, so that the human family may come to walk in the light of one faith, and in one communion of love. We are fed at your table and grow into your risen likeness.

Lord Jesus, you are the eternal and true priest who established this unending sacrifice. You offered yourself as a victim for our deliverance and you taught us to offer it throughout time in memory of you. As we eat your Body which you gave for us, we grow in strength. As we drink your Blood which you poured out for us, we are washed clean.

Lord Jesus, let the power of your Eucharist pervade every aspect of our daily lives. Let your consideration transform all our actions and all the events of each day into supernatural agents that form your Mystical Body. Accept the bread of our efforts and the wine of our sufferings and sorrows. Transform all life that will spring us, grow, and flower this day and all death that will emerge to decrease and spoil. Grant that we may carry out the work you have given us to do and thus be united with you at every moment of our day.

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