Thursday, June 18, 2020

Blessed Sacrament Stolen from Catholic Church along with Tabernacle in North Carolina - Priest Offers Prayers of Reparation


The tabernacle containing the Blessed Sacrament was stolen from St. Elizabeth Catholic church, in Boone, North Carolina, USA, on Tuesday, June 16, 2020.
According to Catholic News Herald a brass tabernacle was taken from behind the altar inside the church sometime after 9 p.m. Tuesday. Staff discovered the theft Wednesday morning at about 9 a.m. and immediately alerted Boone police.
Father Brendan Buckler, pastor, is appealing to those responsible to return the Blessed Sacrament, if not the tabernacle.
"We pray that your hearts may be moved to please return the tabernacle to us, but most especially the contents,” he said.
The individual or individuals apparently entered through a window and did not take anything else or cause any damage, he said.
The tabernacle held a ciborium containing multiple consecrated hosts.
Father Buckler is also asking people to pray and ask for reparation for the desecration of the church and the theft of the Blessed Sacrament.
Prayers will be also said in reparation for the desecration of the Blessed Sacrament and the sanctuary. (See prayers below)
Boone police are investigating and say they have not seen any similar incidents at other churches in the area.
(Above edited from Catholic News Herald)
RELEASE from St. Elizabeth Catholic Church Website:
Tabernacle containing the Eucharist was stolen from St. Elizabeth
We are calling for prayers and the safe return of the Blessed Sacrament after the tabernacle was stolen from the church Tuesday night.
This happened sometime after 9 p.m. Tuesday night. The individual or individuals apparently entered through a window and did not take anything else or cause any damage.
We pray that the hearts of those responsible may be moved to return the tabernacle to us, but most especially the Blessed Sacrament.
Please pray and offer reparation for the desecration of the church and the theft of the Blessed Sacrament.
Some official prayers and acts of reparation will need to be offered before Mass can resume, we are in contact with the Bishop about the details and will keep you posted.
Boone police are investigating and say they have not seen any similar incidents at other churches in the area.
Anyone with information about the crime is urged to call the Boone Police Department at 828-268-6900.
Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus
O sweet Jesus, Whose overflowing charity for me is requited by so much forgetfulness, negligence and contempt, behold us prostrate before Your altar (in Your presence) eager to repair by a special act of homage the cruel indifference and injuries, to which Your loving Heart is everywhere subject.
Mindful alas! that we ourselves have had a share in such great indignities, which we now deplore from the depths of our hearts, we humbly ask Your pardon and declare our readiness to atone by voluntary expiation not only for our own personal offenses, but also for the sins of those, who, straying far from the path of salvation, refuse in their obstinate infidelity to follow You, their Shepherd and Leader, or, renouncing the vows of their baptism, have cast off the sweet yoke of Your Law.
We are now resolved to expiate each and every deplorable outrage committed against You; we are determined to make amends for the manifold offenses against Christian modesty in unbecoming dress and behavior, for all the foul seductions laid to ensnare the feet of the innocent, for the frequent violations of Sundays and holidays, and the shocking blasphemies uttered against You and Your Saints.
We wish also to make amends for the insults to which Your Vicar on earth and Your priests are subjected, for the profanation, by conscious neglect or terrible acts of sacrilege, of the very Sacrament of Your Divine Love; and lastly for the public crimes of nations who resist the rights and teaching authority of the Church which You have founded.
Would, O divine Jesus, we were able to wash away such abominations with our blood. We now offer, in reparation for these violations of Your divine honor, the satisfaction You once made to Your eternal Father on the cross and which You continue to renew daily on our altars; we offer it in union with the acts of atonement of Your Virgin Mother and all the Saints and of the pious faithful on earth; and we sincerely promise to make recompense, as far as we can with the help of Your grace, for all neglect of Your great love and for the sins we and others have committed in the past.
Henceforth we will live a life of unwavering faith, of purity of conduct, of perfect observance of the precepts of the gospel and especially that of charity. We promise to the best of our power to prevent others from offending You and to bring as many as possible to follow You. O loving Jesus, through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, our model in reparation, deign to receive the voluntary offering we make of this act of expiation; and by the crowning gift of perseverance keep us faithful unto death in our duty and the allegiance we owe to You, so that we may one day come to that happy home, where You with the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, God, world without end. Amen.

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