Writings from Tulsa 2008—2012: January 2009 Archives

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This morning at the Third Nocturn of Vigils, Saint Augustine offered a splendid commentary on today's Gospel. I will hold it in my heart all day. This is what He said:

Arise to Come to Him Continually

Modo ergo quod illum sequuntur isti duo, non quasi non recessuri sequuntur; sed videre voluerunt ubi habitaret, et facere quod scriptum est: Limen ostiorum eius exterat pes tuus; surge ad illum venire assidue et erudire praeceptis eius. Ostendit eis ille ubi maneret; venerunt et fuerunt cum illo.

On the present occasion these two followed Him, not as those who were not again to leave Him, but to see where He dwelt, and to fulfill the Scripture: Let your foot wear out the threshold of His doors; arise to come to Him continually, and be instructed in His precepts. (Sirach 6:36-37) He showed them where He dwelt: they came and remained with Him.

Blessed Day and Blessed Night

Quam beatum diem duxerunt, quam beatam noctem! Quis est qui nobis dicat quae audierint illi a Domino? Aedificemus et nosmetipsi in corde nostro, et faciamus domum quo veniat ille, et doceat nos; colloquatur nobis.

What a blessed day they spent, what a blessed night! Who can make known to us those things which they heard from the Lord? Let us also build in our heart, and make a house into which He may come and teach us, and have converse with us. (Tractate on Saint John's Gospel 7, 9)

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That He May Have Converse With His Priests

This is an extraordinarily evocative text for one called to a life of Eucharistic adoration. I should like to see the passage from Sirach carved in stone over the door of the chapel of perpetual adoration that I hope to see built here: "Let your foot wear out the threshold of His doors; arise to come to Him continually." Does this word not speak to your heart? This is what the Cenacle of the Eucharistic Face of Jesus is meant to be: "a house into which Our Lord may come and teach His priests and deacons, and have converse with them."

An Appeal

Unfortunately, we still lack adequate financial support for the project. There have been a few generous donations, but nowhere near enough to begin construction. Who knows? Someone may read this text of Saint Augustine today and be moved to make a substantial gift toward the building of the Cenacle. I can be contacted at: cenacle at sbcglobal dot net.

Christus apparuit nobis

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The Epiphany of the Lord

Today is the festival of adoration par excellence. The venite, adoremus of the Invitatory antiphon, sung again to the same 4th mode melody used on Christmas, had a penetrating resonance. The verb to adore occurred again and again in this morning's long Office of Vigils, and will recur throughout the day.

Saint Peter Julian Eymard

Saint Peter Julian Eymard chose to begin his great life work of Eucharistic adoration with solemn exposition on January 6, 1857. "At last," he wrote, "our Divine King shall ascend His throne, and we shall form His royal court; we shall then be His bodyguard." Immediately after Mass, Father Eymard, in surplice and stole, made the first hour of public adoration as a member of his new Congregation.

Destined to Adore

For her part, Mère Mectilde du Saint-Sacrement (1614-1698), foundress of the Bénédictines du Saint-Sacrement, writes:

This feast becomes us more particularly than any other, according to the spirit of our holy vocation, which destines us to adore, as they [the Magi] did, the same Jesus Christ in the august sacrament of the altar, which contains all the other mysteries of His life. This is why you can adore Him there with the holy kings as a little child in the crèche.

About Dom Mark

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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