BUILDING A EUCHARISTIC CULTURE OF LIFE
God, the Author of life, truly present in the Blessed Sacrament, has the power to advance the protection of human life and family!
We encourage and promote Eucharistic adoration for the intentions of the pro-life movement.
All are invited to make holy hours and visits before the Blessed Sacrament for the protection of the unborn, those tempted to commit suicide and the vulnerable of all ages, from the moment of conception until natural death.
Holy Hours for Pro-Life Intentions
The US Bishops’ website offers “A Holy Hour for Life: Prayers Before the Blessed Sacrament for the Gospel of Life”.
The Holy Hour devotion can be traced back to Christ Himself who says: “Could you not watch one hour with Me?” (Matt. 26:40) In a Church approved apparition to St. Margaret Mary in 1674, He asked her to make an hour of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament on Thursdays. This was in order to share in the agony Christ suffered in the Garden of Olives, mitigate the wrath of God and beg mercy for sinners. He invited her also to honour and relieve the heaviness of heart He experienced when His disciples failed to watch even one hour with Him.
Pro-life leaders including Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen and Fr. John Hardon SJ, promoted making holy hours and devotion to Our Blessed Mother. The Eucharist fueled their priesthood and pro-life preaching.
Archbishop Sheen was a popular priest and preacher with his own television show called “Life is Worth Living”. He was friendly with his audience who could understand him quite easily.In his TV series, he frequently stressed the priority he placed on taking one hour every day for adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. Eucharistic Adoration Canada offers assistance for starting or increasing perpetual adoration and holy hours.
On March 25, 2019, Eternal Word Television Network featured a program with Allan J. Smith, founder and director of the Fulton J. Sheen Mission Society of Canada that promotes making a daily holy hour. Radio Immaculata broadcasts a weekly online International Holy Hour for Life.
Powerhouse of Prayer around the Real Presence of Jesus
The late Fr. Jim Whalen, founding national director of Priests for Life Canada started a perpetual adoration chapel in his parish. In an article he wrote called “Adoration: Radical Life Transformation” for the Priests for Life newsletter he wrote:
“Devotion to the Eucharist, the Blessed Sacrament is a universal devotion – the central devotion of the Church. To be effective pro-life missionaries, to build a Eucharistic Culture of Life, we must return to our source of strength, building a powerhouse of prayer around the Real Presence of our Leader, Jesus Christ.”
Different types spiritual activism have and can continue to be initiated to sustain and bolster pro-life endeavors. For example, celebrate and have Masses offered; ask your pastor if your parish can have perpetual adoration, arrange for processions with the Blessed Sacrament; use sacramentals; exorcism when necessary; display images of and pray to Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of the pro-life movement. Pray the Rosary, prayers to St. Michael the Archangel and to St. Joseph who protected the Christ-child from death. Recite deliverance prayers and fast.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is a necessity to restore and renew respect for life. When we focus on Christ, miracles do happen and souls and lives can be saved.Our centre for the establishment of perpetual Eucharistic adoration offers comprehensive assistance in person or from a distance for starting and organizing partial or round the clock perpetual exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in parishes primarily through Adoration Sign-Up weekends. We can be reached through our website: www.EucharisticAdorationCanada.com
Submitted to CNW by The Team at Eucharistic Adoration Canada