Respice in Faciem Christi Tui

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Today, being the First Friday of the month, we had exposition and adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament at the monastery. Saint Gaetano Catanoso used to say: "If we wish to adore the real Face of Jesus, we can find it in the divine Eucharist, where with the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, the Face of Our Lord is hidden under the white veil of the Host".

As evidenced by the bannerhead, the mission of this blog is to invite its readers to the contemplation of the Holy Face of Christ and, most especially, to the contemplation of His Face hidden in the Eucharist. Eucharistic adoration is a simple form of prayer; simple, however, does not mean easy. If you are like me, you may find yourself at times looking for some simple formula to anchor your heart during adoration.

The following prayer, in the form of a chaplet said on ordinary rosary beads, was inspired by the teachings of Pope John Paul II during the Year of the Eucharist and is based on Sacred Scripture and the Liturgy. For some people this Chaplet of the Eucharistic Face of Christ has become the preferred way of anchoring the heart in the silence of adoration. I would be grateful to know if you find it helpful.

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O sacred banquet in which Christ is received,
the memory of His passion is renewed,
the soul is filled with grace,
and a pledge of future glory is given us, (alleluia).

Before each decade:

My soul is thirsting for God, the strong and living God;
when shall I enter and see the Face of God? (Ps 41:3)

On the Hail Mary beads:

It is Thy Eucharistic Face, O Lord, that I seek;
hide not Thy Face from me. (cf. Ps 26:8-9).

On the Glory be to the Father beads:

Behold, O God our protector,
and look upon the Face of Thy Christ. (Ps 83:10)

In conclusion, three times:

Father, glorify the Eucharistic Face of Thy Son,
that Thy Son may glorify Thee (cf. Jn 17:1).

The chaplet may be concluded with the Salve Regina, thereby entering into Pope John Paul II’s desire that we should contemplate the Face of Christ with Mary.

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Father,

Is this chaplet available in Latin, and is this your creation?

I did put the chaplet into Latin and also into Italian and French, but I would have to look for the text. I'm not sure where it is just now. I could do it again, if there was a need or desire for it.
I wouldn't call it my creation! No, it was simply given in a very clear way to a poor priest praying before the Blessed Sacrament on the feast of Corpus Christi of the Year of the Eucharist through the inspiration of Pope John Paul II.

I only ask because, as beautiful as it is in English, I know it would be especially beautiful in the mother tongue. Hopefully, this will help me in my prayers before our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament. Keep up the great work, Pater Marcus!!

This is for you, Jacob.

O sacrum convívium,
in quo Christus súmitur,
recólitur memória passiónis ejus,
mens implétur grátia,
et futúrae glóriae nobis pignus datur (alleluia).

Sitívit anima mea ad Deum, Deum vivum;
quando véniam et apparébo ante fáciem Dei?

Vultum tuum eucharísticam, Dómine, réquiram;
ne abscóndas fáciem tuam eucharísticam a me,

Protéctor noster áspice, Deus,
et réspice in fáciem Christi tui.

Per ipsum, et cum ipso, et in ipso,
est tibi Deo Patri omnipoténti,
in unitáte Spíritus Sancti,
omnis honor et glória
per ómnia saécula saéculorum. Amen.

Pater, clarífica vultum Filii tui eucharisticum,
ut vultus Filii tui eucháristicus claríficet te.

Father Marc,

For me, this beautiful prayer prayed before the picture, "For God So Loved the World" (artist unknown)is very touching. I understand however the Holy Father wished to renew the Eucharistic reality of the true presence. God bless, Joan Eliason, OCDS

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Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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