The liturgical life, particularly Devotion to the Holy Eucharist is among the principal regular observances of the Sisters of the Holy Face of Jesus. “The frequent and active encounter with Christ in the celebration of the Eucharist and continuing it in the Adoration Blessed Sacrament is the sisters’ highest expression of this sacrament” (cf. HFJ Constitution No. 38). For it is in this unceasing worship of God, moment to moment, that the sisters can contemplate the Face of Christ in every person and therefore make their apostolic work a prayer in action.
Connection between the Devotions to the Holy Eucharist and to the Holy Face of Jesus
In the Eucharist, Jesus hides Himself under the humble veil of Bread and Wine but He is truly present and active among us. That is why to have the eyes of faith that believe in the real presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament is indeed a grace; for “no one can come to me unless that Father draws him” (John 6:44). Yet, for some, this invisibility of Jesus still poses certain difficulty in relating with God. Still observable in the Churches, there are persons who do the station of the Cross or pray the rosary while the Mass is ongoing; or they automatically go and pray before the Cross and other holy images than to Jesus present in the tabernacle.
With the devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus, the hidden Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament has now a human Face. Not to deviate or take away people from the Eucharist but to serve as a ‘door’ or point of entry whence people can enter into a deeper mystery in faith. This is what Pope Paul VI was saying, “I hope that your devotion to the image of Jesus can lead you to the discovery of His mystery”. St. Paul, in his letter to the Ephesians (Eph. 3:1-12), mentioned that this mystery to be revealed by the Holy Spirit, is the Father’s eternal plan for our salvation and glorification which He wishes to accomplish through His Son Jesus within His Church. And, in the Church, His presence dwells in the Holy Eucharist who is being perpetuated whenever the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is celebrated.
In the medal of the Holy Face of Jesus that was given by Our Blessed Mother to Blessed Mo. Maria Pierina de Micheli, particularly shown were images of the Holy Face of Jesus on one side and of the Holy Eucharist on the other with the inscriptions “Illumina Domine Vultum Tuum Super Nos” (Brighten Lord your Face toward us) and “Mane Nobiscum Domine” (Remain with us Lord), respectively. Cleary, we can deduce that even our Blessed Mother pinpoints the connection between the Holy Face and the Eucharist. The connecting word is “sacrifice”. Our Lord’s paschal mystery is imprinted in the Holy Face of Jesus whereas in the Mass, sacrifice is fully expressed and continues in every celebration of the Eucharist. Thus, our fervent devotion to the Holy Face of Jesus will lead us to a deeper encounter with His real presence in the Eucharist, with full expression of the Mass as a sacrifice and not just a fraternal meal. In turn, the adoration we make to the Blessed Sacrament and every time we receive Him in Holy Communion draw us to a deeper share in His paschal mystery. By wearing the medal of the Holy Face of Jesus, we are reminded these facts and gratefully prompting us to respond generously to such precious Gift.
While they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and giving it to his disciples said, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you, for this is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins.” (Mt 26:26-28; cf. Mk 14:22-24, Lk 22:17-20, 1 Cor 11:23-25)
SACRAMENTUM CARITATIS (February 22, 2007)
Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation of the Holy Father Benedict XVI
To the Bishops, Clergy, Consecrated Persons and the Lay Faithful
ON THE EUCHARIST AS THE SOURCE AND SUMMIT OF THE CHURCH’S LIFE AND MISSION
MANE NOBISCUM DOMINE (October 7, 2004)
Apostolic letter of Pope John Paul II for the Year of the Eucharist
To the Bishops, Clergy and Faithful
ECCLESIA DE EUCHARISTIA (April 17, 2003)
Encyclical of Pope John Paul II
To the Bishops, Priests & Deacons, Men & Women in the Consecrated Life & All the Faithful
ON THE EUCHARIST IN ITS RELATIONSHIP TO THE CHURCH
DOMINICAE CENAE (February 24, 1980)
Letter of John Paul II
To all the Bishops of the Church
ON THE MYSTERY AND WORSHIP OF THE EUCHARIST
MYSTERIUM FIDEI (September 3, 1965)
Encyclical of Pope Paul VI
ON THE HOLY EUCHARIST
MEDIATOR DEI (November 20, 1947)
Encyclical of Pope Pius XII
To our Venerable Brethren, the Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops, Bishops.
and Other Ordinaries in Peace and Communion with the Apostolic See
ON THE SACRED LITURGY
MIRAE CARITATIS (May 28, 1902)
Encyclical of Pope Leo XIII
To our Venerable Brethren, the Patriarchs, Primates, Archbishops, Bishops,
and other Local Ordinaries, having Peace and Communion with the Holy See.
ON THE HOLY EUCHARIST
The Divine Love Prayer
(From the book “Come to Me in the Blessed Sacrament”)
This prayer may be said on the beads of the Holy Rosary. A ‘Glory Be’ replaces the ‘Our Father’, while the ‘Hail Mary’ is replaced by these prayers to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. After the ‘Glory Be’, each prayer is repeated ten times on the beads of the Holy Rosary until all 9 ‘decades’ are completed.
Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, I adore You and I praise You in union with the Nine Choirs of Angels.
Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, burning with love for me, inflame my heart with love for You.
Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come.
Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, make us one in mind, heart, and will, with You, the Father and the Holy Spirit.
Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, gentle and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine.
Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, through the infinite value of each Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, offered now and until the end of time, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, thank You for the personal love You have for me in the Blessed Sacrament.
Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, with all my heart, I love You.
Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, I put all my trust in You.
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