Reparation for planned Oklahoma Black Mass sought by Tulsa ordinary

On Sunday evening, September 21, a Satanic Black Mass is scheduled to be held at the Oklahoma City Civic Center.  In response to this planned blasphemy, the Most Reverend Edward J. Slattery, bishop of the Diocese of Tulsa, has issued a letter exhorting all Catholics in his diocese to participate in exercises of reverence and reparation toward the Blessed Sacrament.

Bishop Slattery’s letter asks the faithful to keep a nine-day period of abstinence from August 6 to August 14 in preparation for the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 15.  A special prayer to St. Michael for the defense of the Church is to be offered at Mass on Assumption Day, on which intercession for the protection of the Church will be asked of Our Lady.

If the September 21 Black Mass proceeds as scheduled, the Bishop asks parishes to conduct Holy Hours and processions of the Blessed Sacrament on that evening to honor Our Eucharistic Lord against whom the sacrilege of the planned Satanic event is directed.

H/T: Fr. Z’s Blog

A prayer of Eucharistic reparation

The following prayer was taught to the children at Fatima in 1917 by the angel whose apparation preceded that of the Blessed Mother. As with the similar prayer customarily said at the end of Benediction, it is suitable for recitation any time, particularly when one becomes aware of an outrage — sadly more frequent in these days — against the Blessed Sacrament.

O most Holy Trinity — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit — I adore thee profoundly. I offer thee the most Precious Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ — present in all the tabernacles of the world — in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges, and indifference by which He is offended. By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.

Redemisti nos, Domine, in sanguine tuo

From the Introit of the Mass for today’s Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Apoc. 5.9-10):

Redemísti nos, Dómine, in sánguine tuo, ex omni tribu et lingua et pópulo et natióne: et fecísti nos Deo nostro regnum.

You have redeemed us, O Lord, with Your Blood, out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, and have made us for our God a kingdom.

Consider assisting at Holy Mass today for the salvation of souls.

Soul of Christ, sanctify me

Although fallen into relative disuse after the Second Vatican Council, the Anima Christi prayer is rich in devotional allusions to the wounds of Our Blessed Savior and the mysteries of the Holy Eucharist.  It is worthy of frequent recitation by all who aspire to union with Christ and who wish to make reparation for outrages, sacrileges and negligence toward the Blessed Sacrament, especially as we approach the traditional Feast of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus on July 1.

The Anima Christi is believed to have been composed in the early fourteenth century AD.  It is included at the beginning of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus.

ANIMA CHRISTI

Anima Christi, sanctifica me.
Corpus Christi, salva me.
Sanguis Christi, inebria me.
Aqua lateris Christi, lava me.
Passio Christi, conforta me.
O bone Jesu, exaudi me.
Intra tua vulnera absconde me.
Ne permittas me separari a te.
Ab hoste maligno defende me.
In hora mortis meae voca me.
Et iube me venire ad te,
Ut cum Sanctis tuis laudem te
In saecula saeculorum
Amen.

SOUL OF CHRIST

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.
Body of Christ, save me.
Blood of Christ, inebriate me.
Water from the side of Christ, wash me.
Passion of Christ, strengthen me.
O good Jesus, hear me.
Within Thy wounds hide me.
Never let me be separated from Thee.
From the malignant enemy defend me.
In the hour of my death call me
And bid me come unto Thee
That with Thy Saints I may praise thee
For ever and ever
Amen.

Where do I want to eat?

From an unofficial translation of the homily of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, at the square of the Basilica of St. John Lateran on Corpus Christi 2014:

If we look around us, we realize that there are so many food offerings that are not from the Lord and that apparently meet more. Some are fed with money, others with success and vanity, others with power and pride. But the food that nourishes us and that really satisfies us is only what the Lord gives us! The food that the Lord offers us is different, and maybe it does not seem as tasty as some food that gives us the world. So we dream of other meals, like the Jews in the desert, who regretted the meat and onions they ate in Egypt, but they forgot that those meals they ate at the table of slavery. They, in those moments of temptation, they had memory, but a memory sick, a selective memory. A memory of a slave, not of being free.

Each of us, today, it may be asked, and I? Where do I want to eat? At which table do I want to fed? The Lord’s table? Or dream of eating tasty food, but in slavery? In addition, each of us can ask ourselves: what is my memory? That the Lord save me, or that garlic and onions of slavery? With what memory I satiated my soul?

The Father tells us: “I have fed you with manna which you did not know.” We recover the memory. This is the task, retrieve the memory. And we learn to recognize the fake bread which deceives and corrupts, because the result of selfishness, self and sin.

Members of the body of Christ

From a sermon preached on the Second Sunday after Easter 2014 by Rev. Fr. James Bradley of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham:

Monsignor Ronald Knox, commenting on the parable of the good shepherd which we hear in today’s gospel, writes that just as the shepherd guides and cares for each of his flock individually, so God in this very church “doesn’t see a mob of people hearing Mass; he sees you and me” (Knox, Homily on 31 August 1947). Of course, we come as the Church at prayer in the Eucharistic sacrifice, but we also come, each of us, as the individuals who make up the Body of Christ, to receive the sacrament of his body and blood. The Lord knows us each and we, by our reverence and devotion to him in Holy Communion — by our proper disposition and preparation — come to know and acknowledge him.

Fr. Heilman on respect for the Eucharist, and lack thereof

A guest post on New Liturgical Movement (scroll down after you click the link) by Fr. Richard Heilman of the Diocese of Madison, Wisconsin, provides rich — if, at times, troubling — insight into current practices of administration of the Blessed Sacrament.

Particularly disturbing is Fr. Heilman’s summation of the questionable means by which the practice of receiving Holy Communion in the hand was established in the United States.  His accounts of how the Eucharist is abused through this practice should give pause to every faithful Catholic — as well as, one prays, to those who in increasing numbers have lost faith in the Real Presence.