NOVENA HONORING THE BODY AND BLOOD OF CHRIST
This novena may be said privately as a preparation for the feast
of Corpus Christi.
I thank You, Jesus, my Divine Redeemer, for coming upon the earth
for our sake, and for instituting the adorable Sacrament of the
Holy Eucharist in order to remain with us until the end of the world.
I thank You for hiding beneath the Eucharistic species Your infinite
majesty and beauty, which Your Angels delight to behold, so that
I might have courage to approach the throne of Your Mercy. I thank
You, most loving Jesus, for having made Yourself my food, and for
uniting me to Yourself with so much love in this wonderful Sacrament
that I may live in You.
I thank You, my Jesus, for giving Yourself to me in this Blessed
Sacrament, and so enriching it with the treasures of Your love that
You have no greater gift to give me.
I thank You not only for becoming my food but also for offering
Yourself as a continual sacrifice to Your Eternal Father for my
salvation. I thank You, Divine Priest, for offering Yourself as
a Sacrifice daily upon our altars in adoration and homage to the
Most Blessed Trinity, and for making amends for our poor and miserable
adorations. I thank You for renewing in this daily Sacrifice the
actual Sacrifice of the Cross offered on Calvary, in which You satisfy
Divine justice for us poor sinners.
I thank You, dear Jesus, for having become the priceless Victim
to merit for me the fullness of heavenly favors. Awaken in me such
confidence in You that their fullness may descend ever more fruitfully
upon my soul. I thank You for offering Yourself in thanksgiving
to God for all His benefits, spiritual and temporal, which He has
bestowed upon me. In union with Your offering of Yourself to Your
Father in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, I ask for this special
(Mention your request).
If it be Your holy Will, grant my request. Through You I also hope
to receive the grace of perseverance in Your love and faithful service,
a holy death, and a happy eternity with You in Heaven. Amen.
O Lord, You have given us this Sacred Banquet, in which Christ is
received, the memory of His Passion is renewed, the mind is filled
with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us. You have
given them bread from Heaven. Having all sweetness within. Let us
pray. God our Father, for Your glory and our salvation You appointed
Jesus Christ eternal High Priest. May the people He gained for You
by His Blood come to share in the power of His Cross and Resurrection
by celebrating His Memorial in this Eucharist, for He lives and
reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen.
O Jesus, since You have left us a remembrance of Your Passion beneath
the veils of this Sacrament, 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, for You live and reign forever. Amen.
OF THE SAINTS
ST. EDMUND CAMPION
St. Edmund lived in the sixteenth century. He was a very popular young English student who was a great speaker.
St. Bibiana's father Flavian had been prefect of the city of Rome in early Christian times.
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER
St. Francis Xavier, the great missionary, was born at Xavier Castle in Spain in 1506.
ST. JOHN DAMASCENE
St. John lived in the eighth century. He was born in the city of Damascus of a good Christian family
St. Sabas, born in 439, is one of the most famous monks of Palestine.
St. Nicholas is the great patron of children and of Christmas giving.
St. Ambrose was born around 340. He was the son of the Roman governor of Gaul.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY
Our first parents offended God by sinning seriously.
BLESSED JUAN DIEGO
St. Juan Diego is well-known because the Mother of God appeared to him.
ST. JOHN ROBERTS
St. John was born in Wales in 1577. Although he was not a Catholic, he was taught by an elderly priest.
ST. DAMASUS I
ST. Damasus was born in Rome and lived in the fourth century-exciting times for the Church.
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
We celebrate the event of Mary's appearances on Tepyac Hill in Mexico.
St. Lucy, the beloved saint, lived in Syracuse, Sicily. She was born toward the end of the third century.
ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS
St. John was born in Spain in 1542. He was the son of a weaver.
St. Nino was a Christian girl who lived in the fourth century.
St. Adelaide was born in 931. At the age of sixteen, this Burgundian princess was married to King Lothair.
St. Olympias was born around the year 361. She belonged to a great family of Constantinople.
St. Flannan lived around the seventh century. He was the son of an Irish chieftain named Turlough. Flannan was educated by the monks.
BLESSED URBAN V
Blessed Urban's name before he became pope was William de Grimoard.
ST. DOMINIC OF SILOS
St. Dominic, a Spanish shepherd boy, was born at the beginning of the eleventh century.
ST. PETER CANISIUS
ST. Peter, a Dutch man, was born in 1521. His father wanted him to be a lawyer.
ST. CHAEREMON AND ST. ISCHYRION AND OTHER MARTYRS
The third century was marked by Roman persecutions of the Church.
ST. JOHN OF KANTY
St. John, the Polish saint, was born in 1390, the son of good country folk.
ST. MARGUERITE D'YOUVILLE
St. Marguerite was born in Quebec, Canada, on October 15, 1701.
St. Charbel was born Youssef Makhlouf on May 8, 1828, in a mountain village in Lebanon.
CHRISTMAS, THE BIRTHDAY OF JESUS
The time had come for the Son of God to become man for love of us.
St. Stephen's name means crown. He was the first disciple of Jesus to receive the martyr's crown.
ST. JOHN THE APOSTLE
St. John was a fisherman in Galilee. He was called to be an apostle.
THE HOLY INNOCENTS
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the Wise Men came from the east to worship him.
ST. THOMAS BECKET
St. Thomas Becket was born in 1118, in London, England.
St. Anysia lived in Thessalonica toward the end of the second century.
St. Sylvester dates back to early Christian times, to the reign of Constantine.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?