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The Stations of the Holy Eucharist

 

FROM PROMISE TO FULFILLMENT

 

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The purpose of the Stations of the Eucharist is to help the faithful deepen both their understanding and appreciation of the Source and Summit of our faith: The Most Holy Eucharist, especially during 2005, THE YEAR OF THE EUCHARIST. Through the whole of salvation history, God, our Father has prepared His people for the Gift of His Beloved Son, and also for the Gift of His Real Presence in the Most Holy Eucharist.  Throughout the Old Testament, the Eucharist was prefigured.  And in the New Testament, these shadows give way to Reality.

 

The Stations of the Eucharist are located at:

 

The Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament

3222 County Rd 548, Hanceville, AL 35077

www.olamshrine.com

 

 

Opening Prayer: Lord, open my mind and heart to the treasures of Your Truth as revealed in the Doctrine of the Real Presence. Grant that my eyes may see through faith’s vision, the wonders of Your Love in the Most Holy Eucharist. As I meditate on the mystery of Your Hidden Presence, I entreat You to increase my faith, enkindle my hope, and deepen my love for You, my Eucharistic King. Amen.

 

At each Station of the Eucharist, pray:  O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine.  All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine.”

 

 

1. MELCHIZEDEK, THE KlNG OF SALEM: FORESHADOWING OF A EUCHARISTIC PRIESTHOOD

 

"The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind, 'You are a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.'

(Psalm 110:4)

 

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine.

All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine.

 

 

Jesus, King of Peace, Your priesthood was foreshadowed by the priesthood of Melchizedek. Like him, You made an offering of bread and wine, but the bread and wine You offered to the Father was transubstantiated into Your own Flesh and Blood. You, Yourself, were both the Priest and the Victim. Plant within our hearts a deep respect and love for all priests. Following Abraham’s example when he sought the blessing of Melchizedek, grant us the humility ever to seek the blessing of Your ordained ministers, for it is from their hands that we are fed with the Food of Everlasting Life.

 

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, pray for us!

 

 

2. THE JEWISH PASSOVER: THE PASCHAL LAMB: PREFIGUREMENT OF THE EUCHARISTIC SACRIFICE

 

“Then they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and the lintel of the houses in which they eat them… It is the Lord’s

Passover.  And when I see the blood, I will pass over you , and no plague shall fall upon  you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt.”

(Exodus 12:7, 11, 13)

 

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine.

All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine.

 

 

Lord, the Chosen People of old would put the blood of the Passover lamb on  their doorposts.  Being people of the New Covenant, You give us Your very Blood to drink and thus protect us from all evil. At the Last Supper in the course of the Passover meal, You instituted the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. You, Yourself, are the Lamb of Sacrifice, Who takes away the sins of the world. Increase our gratitude for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and grant that through the worthy reception of Holy Communion, we may be delivered, like the Israelites of old, from all slavery to sin.

 

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, pray for us!

 

 

3. THE MANNA: PREFIGUREMENT OF

THE EUCHARIST, THE NEW MANNA

 

"Then the Lord said to Moses, 'Behold, I will rain

down bread from heaven for you."'

(Exodus 16:4)

 

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine.

All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine.

 

Lord, Your Chosen People were sustained with manna for forty years in the desert. The Church, the new Israel, is now on pilgrimage to the Eternal Promised Land and Her members are sustained with the new Manna, the Most Holy Eucharist. Again, You have rained down Bread for Your Chosen  People. Grant that all who eat of this new Manna may never die. Increase our hunger for the Eucharist, for without such Food it is difficult to persevere in the life of grace.

 

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, pray for us!

 

 

4. THE OLD TEMPLE: PREFIGUREMENT OF THE

EUCHARIST, GOD DWELLING AMONG MEN

 

“The glory of the Lord filled the House of God...Then Solomon said: 'The Lord has said that He would dwell in thick darkness. I have built thee an exalted house, a place for thee to dwell in for ever—But will God dwell indeed with man on the earth?”

(2Chromcles 5:14; 6:1, 2, 18)

 

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine.

All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine.

 

Lord, truly You were with Your Chosen People in the Old Testament. But Your Presence among us in the Most Blessed Sacrament far surpasses anything that Solomon would have even dared to imagine. Your glory fills every Temple, no matter how humble, so long as Your Sacramental Presence abides there.  Thank You for dwelling among men in the Most Blessed Sacrament to the consummation of the ages.

 

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, pray for us!

 

 

5. ELIJAH AND THE HEARTH CAKES:

PREFIGUREMENT OF THE EUCHARIST,

FOOD FOR THE JOURNEY

 

"And the angel of the Lord came again a second time, and touched him, and said, ‘Arise and eat, else the journey will journey will be too great for you.' And he arose, and ate and drank, and went in strength of that food for forty days and forty nights to Horeb the mount of God."

(1 Kings 19:1-8)

 

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine.

All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine.

 

Lord, Your angel fed the Prophet Elijah and in this food we see a prefigurement of the Eucharist. As pilgrims traveling towards that Eternal Life which is the true Mount of God, we are in need of the strength Your Sacrament provides. Without this nourishment, we would never have the vigor to climb so steep a mountain, we would faint with weariness; we would die of hunger; for without You, Lord, we can do nothing!

 

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, pray for us!

 

 

6. BETHLEHEM, THE HOUSE OF BREAD:

BIRTHPLACE OF THE BREAD OF LIFE

 

"But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days."

(Micah 5:2)

 

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine.

All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine.

 

Lord, You are the Word made Flesh and You dwell among us to this very day. How fitting it is that You chose to be born in Bethlehem, "the House of Bread." Your Holy Mother wrapped You in swaddling bands and laid You in the manger, a feeding trough, for there was no room for You in the Inn. Even as a Babe, You revealed that You truly are the Bread of Life. Each Tabernacle is another Bethlehem for us. We find You there and welcome

You with joy to the Inn of our hearts.

 

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, pray for us!

 

 

7. THE WEDDING FEAST AT CANA:

WATER TO WINE, WINE TO BLOOD

 

"'Jesus said to them, 'Fill the jars with water.'  And they filled them up to the brim.....the steward of the feast tasted the water now become wine...and said to him, 'Every man serves the good wine first...but you have kept the good wine until now."'

(John 2:7,9,10)

 

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine.

All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine.

 

Lord, in the Wedding Feast at Cana, we see Your power over the elements of nature as You turned water into wine in answer to Your Mother's request. This miracle is like ointment to our wounded faith, for possessing the power to change water into wine, You also possess the power to change wine into Your Blood. O Wonderful Reality! In this Your first public miracle, You are already enlarging Your disciples' hearts to accept the changing of wine into Your Precious Blood. Enlarge our hearts and turn the water of our unbelief into the wine of childlike faith!

 

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, pray for us!

 

 

8. MULTIPLICATION OF THE LOAVES:

THE EUCHARIST, FOOD FOR THE MULTITUDES

 

“And taking the five loaves and two fish he looked up to heaven, and blessed, and broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples to set before the people, and he divided the two fish among them all. And they all ate and were satisfied. And those who ate the loaves were five thousand men." (Mark 6:41'-42, 44)

 

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine.

All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine.

 

This miracle, Lord, among all of Your miracles is so markedly Eucharistic, as we see You say the blessing, break the bread, and distribute it through Your disciples to the multitude. Five loaves among five thousand men. This prefigures Your feeding (through the hands of Your priests) the countless faithful with the Bread of Life, the Most Holy Eucharist. So long as there is the Mass, there is the Eucharist, and the multitudes are fed. Not only do You feed us, but You satisfy us. Grant that we may always be satisfied with You alone.

 

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, pray for us!

 

 

9. THE BREAD OF LIFE DISCOURSE:

JESUS, THE BREAD OF LIFE

 

"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. I am the Bread of Life. Your fathers ate manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die."

(John 6:41-50)

 

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine.

All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine.

 

Lord, of all the foreshadowings given to us, Your Bread of Life discourse is the most explicit. The shadows were falling away as the reality of Holy Thursday approached. Your words assuage all doubts. Your words cannot deceive. When the eyes fail to see and the senses fail to fathom, faith listens to Your words and puts therein all trust. This discourse was not a parable — it was a glimpse into Your Heart, which could not bear to leave us orphans. My God, teach us to be grateful for so great a Gift!

 

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, pray for us!

 

 

10. THE LAST SUPPER: PROMISES FULFILLED

 

"And He took bread, and when He had given thanks He broke it and gave it to them, saying, 'This is My Body."

(Luke 22:19)

 

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine.

All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine.

 

Here we are. Lord, at the pinnacle of the Eucharistic mystery, on the very eve of Your Passion.  This Passover would not be like any other, for the Old Covenant was about to pass away. The New and everlasting Covenant was about to be instituted. O Blessed Fulfiller of Promises! With the Apostles, we listen to Your words. They are the words of a Friend, of a Brother, of a Priest. But most of all, they are the words of the Incarnate Word, the well-beloved Son of the Eternal Father. With what affectionate love did You say the sacred words of consecration, the very words that have echoed through the centuries from the lips of Your priests: 'This is My Body. This is My Blood."

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, pray for us!

 

 

11. THE ROAD TO EMMAUS: JESUS, RECOGNIZED

IN THE BREAKING OF THE BREAD

 

“When He was at table with them. He took the bread and blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. And their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He vanished out of their sight."

(Luke 24:30-31)

 

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine.

All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine.

 

Lord, when You walked with the disciples on the road to Emmaus, You listened to all they had to say. Besieged by their own worries and disappointment, they did not recognize You as the One of Whom they spoke. They did not recognize You until "the Breaking of the Bread." Their eyes were then opened, but You had vanished from their sight. In the Holy Eucharist, though not visible to our bodily sight, we recognize You in "the Breaking of the Bread." As we listen in silent adoration, our hearts — like those of Your disciples — burn within us. And we repeat to You now the disciples’ plea and bid You to stay with us; for it is nearly evening. Stay with us, Lord, and may we always be with You.

 

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, pray for us!

 

 

12.  THE MARRIAGE SUPPER OF THE LAMB:

THE EUCHARIST IS THE PLEDGE OF ETERNAL LIFE

 

"Let us rejoice and exult and give Him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His Bride has made herself ready... Blessed are those who are admitted to the marriage supper of the Lamb."

(Revelation 19:7, 9)

 

O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine.

All praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine.

 

Lord, in the Holy Eucharist, Your reign over the hearts of men has truly begun. Each Holy Communion can be compared to the marriage of the Lamb with the soul. Yet Your Presence is veiled and we look forward with blessed hope to that day when we shall see You as You are. We anticipate that day when You will say to us: Come blessed of My Father, enter into the joy of the Lord. In Holy Communion, You give us a foretaste of the joy that will be ours in the Kingdom. We ask that You continue to increase our desire for union with You at the Eternal Wedding Feast of Heaven.

 

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, pray for us!

 

Closing Prayer: Lord, thank You for revealing Yourself to mankind, for sacrificing Yourself for our salvation, and for remaining with us in the Most Holy Eucharist. You arc the Maker, the Fulfiller, and the Fulfillment of the Promise:

 

"I am the Living Bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this Bread, he will live forever; and the Bread which I shall give for the life of the world is My Flesh."

(John 6:51)

 

Make of me a true apostle of the Eucharist.  During my time of adoration, fill my heart with Your grace and light that I may shine with Your own radiance in the world and thus lead many souls to the Eucharistic Throne of Your Mercy. Deepen my understanding of the Sacrament of our Salvation, that I may courageously defend You, even to the shedding of my blood.

 

May the Heart of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament be praised, adored, and loved with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the Tabernacles of the world, even until the end of time.  Amen.

 

 

 

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