Kimberly Hope Belcher (Author) See all formats and editions Hide … WHAT IS THIS SACRAMENT CALLED? However, I have seen families kneel together after Mass for a few minutes of thanksgiving. Thus, if we reflect and consider, we shall find many subjects for thanksgiving and praise, especially pleasing to God as proof of a grateful heart. We have been made sons and daughters in the only Son, and we enter into His Gift of Self to the Father. But never let it be true of our departed ones. So, the Holy Spirit is our counselor in how to thank the Father and the Son. The official title of the communion meal is the Eucharist, a Greek word meaning thanksgiving. In Romans 8, St. Paul tells us that when we do not know how to pray, the Spirit helps us in praying according to the will of God. It is not necessary we should always make them all, nor with such fullness of detail as has here been suggested. The word "Eucharist" means "Thanksgiving." Thanksgiving is one of the four ends of the sacrifice, always united to adoration, petition, and reparation. We are taught to pray not for ourselves only, but for all others. Our Holy God considers it essential that we not be “one who eats or drinks without discerning the body”. What humble deference and outward homage should we not pay to the King, did he think fit to come to the lowly home where we live. Who amongst us but has many needs of soul and body to supply? We should be very ungrateful, therefore, if we failed to recommend them to God, or to beg for them the graces they need in their onerous work: think, then, of them at this moment of grace. “All ye works of the Lord, bless the Lord, praise and exalt Him above all for ever” (Daniel 3:57). Thanksgiving after Communion is a spiritual practice among Christians who believe in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Communion bread, maintaining themselves in prayer for some time to thank God and especially listening in their hearts for guidance from their Divine guest. Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. My Saviour Jesus, I kneel before you, I thank you for your Spirit’s gifts of faith, hope, and love. Prayers after Communion : 1: All : We thank you, Lord, that you have fed us in this sacrament, united us with Christ, and given us a foretaste of the heavenly banquet : prepared for all peoples. “Out of sight, out of mind” is a common saying, and too often a true one. We honor God by partaking of Him in this Divine Thanksgiving. In the Sacrifice of the Mass, of which He is the principal Priest, He does not cease to thank Him. The practice of making a proper and meaningful thanksgiving after receiving the Holy Eucharist is one way to rediscover our Eucharistic form. Christian culture is rapidly disintegrating; it will be a special challenge for our children and grandchildren to maintain their Catholic faith without a deep appreciation for the Holy Eucharist. God is with you! They think five or six minutes quite enough for their thanksgiving to Jesus? The Lord's Supper is a thanksgiving to God (eucharist). On the cross He thanked Him while uttering His Consummatum est. There is a web page entitled “Prayers Before and After Receiving Holy Communion” on the Catholic Faith and Reason web site, which explains that this is an area that St. Paul specifically stressed in 1 Cor. Pray for prosperity and peace among them, for conversions, for reconciliation where needed, for health, and success in their labours, just as we pray for our own. This is where the word for Eucharist comes from; the communion offered and received together as one people, one body with Jesus Christ, at the holy Mass. Perhaps many readers have experience with Eucharistic Adoration. c. The Lord's Supper is a participation in the body and the blood of Christ. Thursday, November 23, 2017 Our Lord, as I have observed, wrought the miracle of the loaves by means of the same outward acts, which He observed in the mystery of His Supper, and which His Apostles have carefully recorded as the appointed means of consecrating it. The Eucharist and Thanksgiving. Hence, we must ask in resignation: “not my will, but thine be done.” Success in a coming examination, or some business undertaking, better health than you have had in the past, recovery from sickness, and so on, of other similar wants. Then will God provide for you some day, and when your turn comes, others will bring you relief; mercy shall be given for mercy! H OW lovely are Thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! To these add also one more: 5. We should, therefore, avail ourselves of this happy time, and never fail to make our requests, while the Sacred Species remain within us. This simple, Taizé-style refrain, makes for a very versatile … Christ often gave thanks to His Father for all His benefits, in particular for that of the redemptive Incarnation; with all His soul He thanked His Father for having revealed its mystery to little ones. Even after Communion, then, we should renew our contrition for the many offences we have committed against God during the years of life that have gone by. For some, however, the singing of this hymn is perceived as an intrusion on their own prayer, their private thanksgiving after Communion. A great spiritual writer, Father Lallemant, makes mention in his classic work, “Furthermore, the precious time of thanksgiving after communion should not be neglected: besides the singing of an appropriate hymn, it can also be most helpful to remain recollected in silence”. Yet here, in Holy Communion, we receive the “King of Kings and Lord of Lords” within us, Him who created our hearts and the entire universe around. Regular communion Due to a lack of ordained clergy in the early days of the church in the United States, a history of receiving the sacrament quarterly (four times per year) is the habit in some places. Don’t imitate the lepers whose conduct has already been referred to, nor yet the example of that man whom Saint Philip Neri reproved for his neglect. According to the New Testament, the rite was instituted by Jesus Christ during the Last Supper; giving his disciples bread and wine during a Passover meal, Jesus … Ask, therefore, for such gifts as you require: humility, charity, purity, zeal for God’s glory, devotion to duty and so forth; grace to overcome some besetting temptation, to acquire some special virtue suitable to your present circumstances. The soul aspireth after heaven; rejoicing in the mean time, in being in the communion of God’s church upon earth. ", acquiring the habit of making a communion thanksgiving, I have seen families kneel together after Mass for a few minutes of thanksgiving, In Communion we receive a gift far superior to the miraculous cure of a physical disease, spending adequate time in thanksgiving after receiving Holy Communion, Thanksgiving after Holy Communion may repair much that is defective in our penances, the crucial importance of making an adequate thanksgiving after receiving Holy Communion. The very heart and source of life is “eucharistia,” the Greek word meaning “thanksgiving” in English. The practice of making a proper and meaningful thanksgiving after receiving the Holy Eucharist is one way to rediscover our Eucharistic form. To SHARE on SOCIAL MEDIA: click on “Leave a comment” or “Comments” below (and this will bring up social media icons if they are not already present). Consequently how urgent is the need that the Faithful should pray for him from time to time, especially after receiving Holy Communion. Are you an author? To get you started, here are 5 powerful prayers to pray after Mass. Even after the end of the world, when the last Mass has been said and when there will no longer be any sacrifice, properly so called, but only its consummation, when supplication and reparation have ceased, the worship of adoration and thanksgiving will endure forever, expressed in the Sanctus, which will be the song of the elect for all eternity. Moreover, you can attempt to stay recollected in a mode of thanksgiving even while leaving Mass and attending to external circumstances. Then our own Bishop has a claim upon our love, for in his own measure he too has responsibilities and difficulties, hence we should do what we can to lessen these by our prayers in his favour. This practice was and is highly recommended by saints, … Pope Benedict XVI urges Catholics to “rediscover the Eucharistic form which their lives are meant to have, thus “making our lives a constant self-offering to God….” (#72). 3. The concluding prayer of thanksgiving was (heavily) adapted from a prayer by Katherine Hawker. A Prayer for After Communion Before a Crucifix - Look down upon me, good and gentle Jesus ... Thou hast given us in the Holy Eucharist ... Act of Spiritual Communion #4 - At Thy feet, O my Jesus, I prostrate myself ... Act of Thansgiving after Holy Communion #1 - How delectable is the sweetness of Thy heavenly ... Act of Thansgiving after Holy Communion #2 - My Lord Jesus … Thus our neighbours have a claim on us during the privileged time that follows Communion. And what of our own priest, or confessor? In fact, however, this hymn is prayer, the corporate thanksgiving prayer of the members of Christ's Body, united with one another. In his masterful treatise on the spiritual life, the great Father Garrigou-LaGrange (professor of Saint Pope John Paul II) devotes nearly six full pages to discuss the critical importance of making an adequate and meaningful thanksgiving after Holy Communion (see Chapter 32 of The Three Ages of the Interior Life, Vol. A few lines later Father Garrigou-LaGrange then says: “In Communion we receive a gift far superior to the miraculous cure of a physical disease; we receive the Author of salvation and an increase of the life of grace, which is the seed of glory, or eternal life begun. Who is there that does not stand in need of Our Lord’s bountiful mercy? 2: All : Faithful God, in baptism you have adopted us as your children, made us members of the body of Christ : and chosen us as inheritors of your kingdom: we thank you that in this Eucharist … In it, … Thank you for this wondrous love. He states: “Furthermore, the precious time of thanksgiving after communion should not be neglected: besides the singing of an appropriate hymn, it can also be most helpful to remain recollected in silence” (#50). I thank You, Divine Redeemer, for coming upon the earth for our sake, and for instituting this adorable Sacrament … When through the good offices of the angel Raphael, they had received such signal mercies and blessings, they knew not how sufficiently to thank God and their benefactor; words failed them, to express their gratitude, so “they lying prostrate for three hours upon their face, blessed God, and rising up they told all His wonderful works” (Tobit 12:22). To LEAVE A COMMENT: click on “Leave a comment” or “Comments” below, and then scroll down to the box which says, “Leave Your Own Comment Here,” which is at the end of any comments already made. Thanksgiving after Communion is a spiritual practice among Christians who believe in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist they receive during Holy Communion, maintaining themselves in prayer for some time to thank God for what they believe to be the great gift of receiving God Himself in person.. St. John says, “He took the … b. May He capture and ravish your heart with His Person. a. The Holy Eucharist is our foretaste of Eternal Life. We are now in the state of grace: but how long shall we maintain it! How great the care of all the churches, and how deep his anxieties! Ever bear them in mind and assist them by your suffrages, applying the Precious Blood of Jesus which you receive in Holy Communion to cool the ardour of the cleansing flames in which they are plunged. The more perfectly we fulfil this first elementary duty, the more easily and thoroughly shall we do the rest. One time-honored way to grow in our appreciation for this holiest of Sacraments is to offer prayers of thanksgiving after each holy communion. I thank you that the punishment upon you gives me peace. The Catechism states that the Eucharist “is an act of thanksgiving to God” (No. Perseverance in God’s love should have a foremost place in our petitions. In other words, the time we spend in union with Jesus after receiving Holy Communion, thanking Him for such a great gift, uniting ourselves to His Infinite Goodness, can truly rectify things that may be lacking in our spiritual progress. We can thank Him for the peculiar blessings which we individually have received, and of which everyone has some to acknowledge. That account is the basis of the formula we often describe as the Words of Institution. How many nowadays might take this lesson to heart? 4. If one were allowed a quarter of an hour in a mine of rubies or diamonds, and free to carry away all stones gathered in that precious quarter of an hour, how would he spend the time? Spending a few minutes after Mass in thanksgiving (in addition to our thanksgiving directly after receiving Holy Communion) is one way to accomplish this goal. ( Log Out /  Doing so reminds us of the tremendous gift the Eucharist really is—a gift so great that even angels are envious of it. The Holy Eucharist as a Sacrament – Thanksgiving After Communion. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to help us discern the Body of Christ each and every time. The Lord's Supper is a memorial of Christ (anamnesis). Spiritual graces. The following are guiding points to a conversation you can have with Jesus as He dwells within you: 1) Thank Jesus for three things 2) Express sorrow for three things Saint Teresa declares that the moments immediately following Holy Communion are most precious to the soul, for then we have Our Blessed Lord within our hearts, as upon a throne, and we can there present to Him our earnest petitions, make known all our wants, and beg such graces and blessings as we stand in need of. With these thoughts in mind, we can easily understand why for some time many interior souls have been having Masses offered in thanksgiving, particularly on the second Friday of the month, in order to make up for the ingratitude of men and of many Christians, who scarcely know any more how to give thanks, even after receiving the greatest benefits.”. Oblation As Our Lord has just given Himself to you, so now make your offering to Him. 2. As a mnemonic, or aid to the memory, the four acts here developed may be recalled to mind through the first letters of each, which make up the word: A.C.T.S., namely, Adoration, Contrition, Ttanks, and Supplication. Oh God of sacrifice, we … These also we may lawfully ask of God, but always with the proviso that God sees good to bestow them. The Holy Eucharist is our foretaste of Eternal Life. Never forget those that have gone before you, your parents or your children, your relatives or friends, those whom you may have injured in body or soul. ( Log Out /  ( Log Out /  The Saint one day, to his sorrow, noticed that a person who had just received Communion was getting up and going away. By your Holy Spirit, help us to use this gift worthily, to confess and forsake our sins, to confidently believe that we are … The Church. Further on in Sacramentum Caritatis, Pope Benedict XVI urges Catholics to “rediscover the Eucharistic form which their lives are meant to have, thus “making our lives a constant self-offering to God….” (#72). These must not be our models. Imitate not the lepers of whom Our Lord complained: “Were not ten made clean, and where are the nine?” (Luke 17:17). Under this heading, we include, of course, the Supreme Pontiff, Our Lord’s Vicar on earth, and head of the Universal Church. By examining how this title applies we can learn a lot about the sacrament. Perhaps all of us have had trouble with distractions in our prayer as we come to receive communion. How to Make Thanksgiving after Communion: Talk to Jesus simply and from your heart as you would to a person whom you greatly trust and who hangs on every word you say. Act of Thansgiving after Holy Communion #1 - How delectable is the sweetness of Thy heavenly ... Act of Thansgiving after Holy Communion #2 - My Lord Jesus Christ, most sweet and most kind, ... Act of Thansgiving after Holy Communion #3 - … Take then these precious moments, and ask freely and with much confidence, for the infinite Power of God is equal to all our wants, while His infinite goodness is most willing to bestow. Who but has many favours to ask for? Spending a few minutes after Mass in thanksgiving (in addition to our thanksgiving directly after receiving Holy Communion) is one way to accomplish this goal. 1328 The inexhaustible richness of this sacrament is … Saint Philip’s daily prayer used to be: “O my God, keep Thy hand over me this day, or I shall do Thee all manner of harm.” He recognized the necessity of the Divine protection, if sin were to be avoided; so, too, must sinners like ourselves be firmly convinced of the need of God’s grace, if we hope to avoid offending Him grievously and so risking our salvation. Present your whole being to Him to serve Him in the future. This Thanksgiving, may we move for cheesy and superficial moments of reminiscing and instead enter into the depths of true thanksgiving – communion (Eucharist) with the Saviour. We may thank Him for the grace of being members of the true Church, and thereby being placed within reach of so many helps given through the Sacraments, and especially through the one we have just received, the greatest of them all. Hence it is that spiritual writers tell us, for awhile at least, not to open a book, but to commune with Jesus in our own hearts.”. How important is our thanksgiving after Holy Communion to our growth in holiness? Amen. Should anyone be able to make his thanksgiving after Communion without the aid of a book, as a rule his fervour will be more concentrated and heartfelt, and thus more efficacious. Finally, "Eucharist, from the Greek word for thanksgiving, reminds us that the sacrament is thanksgiving to God for the gifts of creation and salvation." The Israelites had an annual Thanksgiving Feast, as well. These words of Father Garrigou-LaGrange may seem a bit harsh, but I am hoping that, as they have for me, they will encourage you  to spend a few minutes after Mass with our Lord thanking Him for having blessed you with the greatest of all possible gifts. We must therefore not forget our obligations to her, but pray God to strengthen her in the many persecutions and trials she has to undergo, and beg for her the light of the Holy Ghost in the times of darkness that overtake her. We receive an increase of charity, the highest of the virtues, which vivifies, animates all the others, and is the very principle of merit. Prayer for Communion. Thank you for your exhortation to thank the Father and to thank the Son for the gift of Jesus coming to dwell in our hearts. Moreover, this custom is becoming general, even in many Catholic boarding schools and colleges where formerly the students who had received Communion remained in the chapel for about ten minutes after Mass, thus acquiring the habit of making a thanksgiving, a habit which the best among them kept all their lives.”. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. [ 1] Unto the end, for the winepresses, a psalm for the sons of Core. Contrition is a second act; that is, we must declare once again our sorrow for having offended God, and renew our determination to avoid sin for the future. Ancient, Communion Eucharist… There is a traditional Anglican prayer for the congregation to say before communion, as well as short prayers for the priest or celebrant to say whilst adminstering the bread and wine. I came to this web page to see if your article had suggestions on how to make a better thanksgiving after communion. He says : do not “shorten the time allotted to the thanksgiving [after communion], which, well made, may repair much that is defective in our penances” (p.88). But never must we shirk the duty of some suitable return, which, strangely enough, is oftentimes found to be a difficulty, possibly for the want of some method in the making of it. Supplication, or petition. Chose one or find one of your … Communion Eucharist Communion Thanksgiving. What reverence and veneration should we not show to the Vicar of Christ, God’s representative on earth, if he deigned to honour us with a visit! That’s what helps me to appreciate the magnitude of the commitment of Jesus giving Himself to me in communion, or to appreciate that “It cost Jesus every drop of His blood” to give me this opportunity to receive Him. ENTERING THE TRANSFORMING MYSTERIES OF JESUS’ LIFE THROUGH THE POWER OF THE ROSARY, A RETURN TO ORDER: MORAL LESSONS IN WUTHERING HEIGHTS, SAINT JOHN VIANNEY AND A EUCHARISTIC MIRACLE, A VERY SHORT NOTE ON THE CONTINUED SIGNIFICANCE OF THE PILGRIM’S PROGRESS, BLESSED MARIA AND THE SACRED HEART OF JESUS CHRIST, A PROPHETIC MESSAGE FROM DR. RALPH MARTIN, A SHORT REFLECTION ON THE MEANING OF JESUS’ ASCENSION. See search results for this author. It is through her that he received his baptism and all the other graces of God’s Providence, during perhaps a long series of years. The concluding rites include any announcements pertaining to the well-being of the parish or parish members. The priest then prays over the people and blesses them in the name … Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. The practice of making a proper and meaningful thanksgiving after receiving the Holy Eucharist, of making an adequate and meaningful thanksgiving after Holy Communion (see Chapter, together after Mass for a few minutes of thanksgiving. The Holy Eucharist as a Sacrament – Thanksgiving After Communion. Yet, how many, just after their Communion, hurry out of church with the rest of the congregation the moment Mass is over. communion prayers Gathered together on this page are several inspiring prayers to say when receiving Holy Communion, with a sample prayer for the bread and the cup, two beautiful prayers for before and after communion, and short blessings for the Eucharist.There is also some tranquil instrumental music suitable for playing during a period of communion meditation and … O Lord God, heavenly Father, we praise and thank you for your grace that through your Son Jesus Christ you established this supper in which we eat his body and drink his blood. Moreover, gratitude to God for graces already bestowed will be a powerful means to move Him to grant still more. By calling what we Christians “do” Eucharist (the Greek word for “thanksgiving”), we make a profound statement. May your every moment today be overflowing with the glory, grace, goodness, and grandeur of Jesus! For the Cup: In lifting this cup of remembrance here this morning. Somewhere a saint wrote that we profit more from spending time in prayer than reading books on prayer. First, thanksgiving is given a prominent place in the official account of the last supper in I Corinthians 11. b. In his Apostolic Exhortation on the Eucharist, SACRAMENTUM CARITATIS, Pope Benedict XVI mentions the crucial importance of making an adequate thanksgiving after receiving Holy Communion. He continued that our loving thoughts and prayers after communion have greater merit then than otherwise because they are then animated by the presence of Jesus Christ, who is united to our souls. Image: Virgin by the Host, 1852, by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (a public domain work of art in the U.S.A.). Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas. 11. We can pray something like this, “Come Holy Spirit, fill the heart of Your servant, and kindle in me the fire of your love as I adore Jesus living inside me.” Or, “Send forth Your Spirit, that I might pray in the Spirit, offering a sacrifice of thanksgiving to my loving Father and my loving Savior.” Lord, Father all-powerful, and ever-living God, I thank Thee, for … In the first place, attend to the needs of your soul, which are many and varied. As I have been typing this comment, it strikes me that we also need an article on preparing to receive communion. References: The two quotes at the top of this note are from the Wikipedia article on “Thanksgiving after Communion,” which is quite beneficial. M 362 Holy Eucharist II After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, "Drink this, all of you: This is my … If the comment section is already present, merely scroll to the end of any comments already made. They should be ours also, as an expression of sorrow for sin, the one thing that makes us displeasing in the eyes of God and unworthy to approach Him. St. Alphonsus Liguori once wrote that there is no prayer more dear to God than that which is made after communion. As the shepherds and the magi fell at the feet of the Divine Child in Bethlehem, so must we prostrate ourselves before the same Divine Saviour resting within us, making acts of faith in His real presence, acknowledging our nothingness before Him, and protesting our unworthiness to receive Him. They are helpless now in the names of Purgatory, and only our petitions in their behalf can bring them any relief. A great spiritual writer, Father Lallemant, makes mention in his classic work,  The Spiritual Doctrine, a crucial consideration. f. The Lord's Supper seals the present and coming … Because our relationship with the Lord in the Eucharist presupposes (at least it should) all of the building blocks of faith. It is not that we are to worry ourselves and fret over the sins in detail that we have already confessed, but to remember in general that we are sinners before God, which will help to keep us humble in His presence. When I come forward to receive communion, this helps me to discern the bridegroom, as would be natural for a bride coming forward at her wedding. Over and over again the prayers of the liturgy and the norms of the General Instruction emphasize this … Surprised at this, the young man asked what it all meant, and, on the children referring him to Saint Philip, he went to inquire of the Saint, who said: “When the priest carries the Blessed Sacrament, he is always accompanied by two acolytes bearing lighted candles; the same honour, it seems to me, is due to anyone who carries It in his heart!” Recognizing his fault, the young man returned to church and made a due thanksgiving. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. It was really a combination of two feasts, Passover and Unleavened Bread, and occurred in early spring. It is a great act of condescension and love on His part thus to come and take up His abode within us worms of the earth, an honour and a grace for which we can never be too grateful. St. John Henry Newman. To Him, therefore, as to our God, we owe the highest form of worship we can pay to any being, that of profound adoration. They have their wants of soul and body like ourselves, and it is a spiritual work of mercy to help them therein by our petitions to God. Different books will give different forms of prayers to be said after Communion, but practically all of them contain in one form or other five chief acts, which are as follows: 1. What responsibilities are his! Naturally, if you have small children, the duty of the present moment (as Mass ends) is to tend to their needs. Amen. Listen to Father Garrigou-LaGrange’s advice: “A number of interior souls have told us of the sorrow they feel when they see, in certain places, almost the entire body of the faithful leave the church immediately after the end of the Mass during which they have received Holy Communion. 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