Holy Eucharist: November 2008 Archives


The hymn at Vespers of Christ the King evokes both the feast of Corpus Christi and that of the Sacred Heart. This is consonant with the thought of Pope Pius XI who, in instituting the feast of Christ the King in 1925, situated it in the lineage of the two other later Christological feasts. Here are two the two pertinent stanzas:

Ad hoc cruenta ab arbore
pendes apertis bracchiis,
diraque fossum cuspide
cor igne flagrans exhibes.

For this Thou hangedst on the Tree
With arms outstretched in loving plea;
For this Thou shewedst forth Thy Heart,
On fire with love, pierced by the dart.

Ad hoc in aris abderis
vini dapisque imagine,
fundens salutem filiis
transverberato pectore.

And yet that wounded side sheds grace
Forth from the altar's holy place,
Where, veiled 'neath humblest bread and wine,
Abides for man the life divine.


I am beginning today a novena to Father Lukas Etlin, O.S.B., a monk of Conception Abbey known for his tender devotion to the Mother of God and his ardent devotion to the Most Holy Eucharist. Father Lukas, born in Switzerland in 1864, died on December 16, 1927 in Stanberry, Missouri, as a result of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Readers of Vultus Christi may want to join me in seeking the intercession of this zealous Benedictine adorer of the Most Blessed Sacrament.


O God, who didst bestow upon Thy faithful servant, Father Lukas Etlin,
a tender love for the Mother of Thy Son,
fervent devotion to the Holy Eucharist,
and apostolic charity for all,
grant us through his intercession graces and favours,
particularly . . .
so that, through manifesting Thy good pleasure in his merits
and in hastening his beatification,
the Church may be enhanced.
Through Jesus Christ our Lord.

When Christ Dwelleth in Us

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In this morning's lesson at Matins (Votive Office of the Most Blessed Sacrament on Thursday), Saint Cyril of Alexandria addresses those who would stay away from The Blessing, that is, Holy Communion, for fear of their unworthiness. Then, he enumerates the benefits of Christ dwelling in us eucharistically:

Wherefore I counsel thee to betake thee to godly thoughts,
and to live carefully and holily,
and so to receive that Blessing --
a Blessing which, believe me, doth banish not death only,
but all diseases likewise.
For when Christ dwelleth in us,
He stilleth the law of death in our members,
which warreth against the law of our mind (Rom 8:23).
He giveth strength to godliness,
He turneth to calm the turbulent surging of our mind,
He cureth them which are sick.
He raiseth up them which are fallen,
and like the Good Shepherd, Which giveth His life for the sheep,
He prevaileth that the sheep perish not.

(Book IV on John, Chapter XVII)

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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