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The devotion to the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, which already had its place in the Church since the Middle Ages, took on a new impetus in the nineteenth century. On January 22, 1854,  Sophie Prouvier, a lay person, was praying in front of the Blessed Sacrament exposed in the Chapel of the hospital of Saint Jacques in Besançon.

She heard in her heart these words:

 "This is my Eucharistic Heart, make it known, make it loved. Spread this devotion. "

 

This devotions was first recognized by Leo XIII. It was strongly encouraged by St. Pius X who invited the faithful to spend half an hour of daily prayer before the Blessed Sacrament where the Eucharistic Heart of Christ beats.

Pope Benedict XV, a fervent worshiper of the Eucharistic Heart, introduced into the liturgy Mass, the service of the Eucharistic Heart, on November 8, 1921. 

 

On November 9, 1921, Pope Benedict XV instituted the feast of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus to be celebrated on the Thursday within the Octave of the Sacred Heart with a Proper Mass and Office. The feast continues to be celebrated in some places and by some communities, notably by the Redemptorists, Community of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus.

 

In instituting this feast, Pope Benedict XV wrote:

 

"The chief reason of this feast is to commemorate the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the mystery of the Eucharist. By this means the Church wishes more and more to excite the faithful to approach this sacred mystery with confidence, and to inflame their hearts with that divine charity which consumed the Sacred Heart of Jesus when in His infinite love He instituted the Most Holy Eucharist, wherein the Divine Heart guards and loves them by living with them, as they live and abide in Him. For in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist, He offers and gives Himself to us as victim, companion, nourishment, viaticum, and pledge of our future glory.

 

Even to the Consummation of the World

The adorable mystery of the Eucharist sums up, contains, and communicates to us the entire mystery of Christ: His incarnation, life, passion, death, resurrection, and ascension, and outpouring of the Holy Spirit. If you seek the open Side of the glorious ascended Christ, you will find it in the Eucharist. If you seek the pierced Heart of Christ, beating with love for the Father and with mercy for sinners, you will find it in the Eucharist. The Communion Antiphon of the Mass of the feast is meant to be repeated and treasured. It is, at once, a promise and an invitation: “Behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world” (Mt 28:20). Here, apart from the Epistle, Gradual, Alleluia, and Gospel, is my own translation of the Proper of the Mass of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, together with (optional) General Intercessions."

 

Later, on May 10, 1922, Pius XI committed the world to the Eucharistic Heart of Rome. Jesus to obtain peace.

"Eucharistic heart of Jesus, home to the divine charity, gives peace to the world".

"This is my Eucharistic Heart, make it known, make it loved. Spread this devotion. "

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