Novena Day 9: THE EUCHARIST, A MYSTERY TO BE PROCLAIMED


Let us begin: In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O Lord Jesus Christ, You, who have given us Your precious Body and Blood to be our food and drink, grant that through frequent reception of You in the Holy Eucharist, I may be strengthened in mind and body to do Your holy will. Amen.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” (Matthew 28:19)

Pope Francis, at the solemn inauguration of his Petrine ministry said: "There is nothing more beautiful than to be surprised by the Gospel, by the encounter with Christ. There is nothing more beautiful than to know him and to speak to others of our friendship with him."

The very nature of the Eucharist demands that it be shared with all. The institution of the Eucharist at the Last Supper anticipates the very heart of Jesus’ mission: he is the one sent by the Father for the redemption of the world (cf. Jn 3:16-17; Rom 8:32).

We cannot approach the Eucharistic Table without being drawn into the mission which, beginning in the very heart of God, is meant to reach all people. The first and fundamental mission that we receive from the celebration of the Eucharist is that of bearing witness by our lives, to such an extent, that Christ ‘lives in us’ (Gal. 2:20). Jesus himself is the faithful and true witness (cf. Rev 1:5; 3:14), who testified to the truth (cf Jn 18:37).

The early Christians gave witness to the point of offering their own lives, which the Church sees as the culmination of the new spiritual worship: “Offer your bodies....” (Rom 12:1)

The Christian who offers his or her life in martyrdom enters into full communion with the Paschal Sacrifice of Jesus Christ and thus becomes Eucharist with him. Worship that is pleasing to God culminates in the joyful and convincing testimony of a consistent Christian life.

I thank You Jesus for all the spiritual and temporal benefits which You have bestowed upon me. In union with the offering of Yourself to Your Father in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, I ask for this special favour.


(Mention your petition here)


O Sacrament most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine. Pray one Our Father... one Hail Mary and one Glory Be, for the intentions of our Holy Father, Pope Francis.

Let us pray: O Jesus, since You have left us a remembrance of Your Passion in the Sacrament of the Eucharist, grant us, we pray, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of Your Body and Blood that we may always enjoy the fruits of Your Redemption, through Christ our Lord. Amen.


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