Novena of the Eucharistic Heart
First day of the Novena
Such was the first of miracles
Lecture : John 2, 1-13
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.
Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding.
When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, "They have no wine."
(And) Jesus said to her, "Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come."
His mother said to the servers, "Do whatever he tells you."
Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons.
Jesus told them, "Fill the jars with water." So they filled them to the brim.
Then he told them, "Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter." So they took it.
And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine, without knowing where it came from (although the servers who had drawn the water knew), the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him, "Everyone serves good wine first, and then when people have drunk freely, an inferior one; but you have kept the good wine until now."
Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him.
After this, he and his mother, (his) brothers, and his disciples went down to Capernaum and stayed there only a few days.
Since the Passover of the Jews was near, Jesus went up to Jerusalem
Our Lord Jesus began to reveal his Eucharistic Heart shortly before the Passover feast by performing the miracle of Cana. He expressed his intention to establish a wedding banquet, which manifests the joy of the coming of God’s love among men. Jesus presents himself as the Bridegroom who comes from heaven to offer definitively to humanity the tenderness and benevolence of God. When he changed the water into wine, he announced with a sensitive sign, the transformation of wine into his blood. By offering to this wedding his own wine, better and more plentiful, he announced his intention to spread his love in our hearts. We would faithfully like to attend the banquet of his Eucharist, and receive all the love which he desires to enrich our lives.
Christ, Spouse of humanity
We praise you and we thank you to have established for our daily existence a banquet of weddings. Where you deliver yourself to us with all your love. And to renew in each Eucharist the miracle greater than the one in Cana.
Prayer for the world
To answer to your desire to make you recognized as the divine spouse, Jesus we pray:
- For all those who are searching for the perfect love, so that they find it in you, we pray
- For all Christians so that they can draw in your Eucharist the spiritual intoxication.
- For those who feel in themselves a lack of love so that they can receive in the Eucharistic banquet the force of the power for a generous love.
- For those whom the soul is over whelmed with trials, so that they can be reanimated through the Eucharist and find the source of energy.
Father, you who have sent your Son among us so that he can be present to us as a divine spouse, grant us the grace to take part of the banquet of the wedding which is offered to us by the Eucharistic heart of your Son our Lord.
Second day of the Novena
(Mt 15, 37) They all ate and they were satisfied
Jesus summoned his disciples and said, "My heart is moved with pity for the crowd, for they have been with me now for three days and have nothing to eat. I do not want to send them away hungry, for fear they may collapse on the way."
The disciples said to him, "Where could we ever get enough bread in this deserted place to satisfy such a crowd?"
Jesus said to them, "How many loaves do you have?" "Seven," they replied, "and a few fish."
He ordered the crowd to sit down on the ground.
Then he took the seven loaves and the fish, gave thanks, broke the loaves, and gave them to the disciples, who in turn gave them to the crowds.
They all ate and were satisfied. They picked up the fragments left over - seven baskets full.
Those who ate were four thousand men, not counting women and children.
Lord Jesus, you had mercy of the hungry crowd, fearing that those who came to listen to you would faint when they return home. You were thinking to other angry crowds, to the multitude of those who feel the deepest hunger of God. By the miracle of the multiplication of loaves you had fed and satisfied all the hungers in the manner to announce the bread which descends from heaven, the Eucharist designed to feel spiritually all people. By the abundance of love you have made a glimpse of abundance of life which with the flesh of the son of man will provide to humanity. It is by a brimming generosity over flow you have responded to the deeper aspiration of the human heart and you have revealed the intention of your Eucharistic heart. We would like to feel more and more the hunger of the Eucharist so that we can receive all that you wanted to give us.
Christ, bread came from heaven, we praise you and we thank you because in your pity for the human hunger you wanted to give us a spiritual food, your own body, so that you introduced us in the great intimacy of your heart.
Prayer for the world
To answer to your desire to satisfy our spiritual hunger, Jesus we pray:
- For those who fear to faint on the road so that they can seek their force in the Eucharist, we pray.
- For the indifferent, so that they feel in the bottom of themselves the hunger of God and turn toward you.
- For more vocations for priests so that the celebration of the Eucharistic feast may be assured where the Christian communities are present.
- For those who lack the vitality in their Christian existence so that the Eucharist renders them more firm and generous.
Father, you who gives us the bread each day, make us recognize in the meal of communion a source of abundant life, the one which gush from the Eucharistic heart of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Third day of the Novena
Luke 22, 15 I have a great desire to eat this Passover with you.
Lecture Luke 22: 14-16
When the hour came, he took his place at table with the apostles.
He said to them, "I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer, for, I tell you, I shall not eat it (again) until there is fulfillment in the kingdom of God."
Lord Jesus, by entrusting to your disciples a great desire to eat with them the Passover, you shown them how much intense was your desire to establish the Eucharist. You wanted that your Eucharist be the plentitude of your love for humanity, by delivering to them in your body and blood as food and beverage. You desired to renew without ceasing the offering of the sacrifice which you did the following day at the cavalry, so that that offering stays continuous for us and brings us on the path of the offering. Your desire was intense not only because you were burning to give yourself, but more because you knew our need of the Eucharist. We would like to welcome your desire and to answer/respond back with our desire the participation of your Eucharistic offering, the meal of communion, and your perpetual presence in the midst of us.
Christ, first starved of the Eucharist, we praise you and we thank you. By your desire of the Eucharist you reveal to us the extreme strength of your love, and you show us the emense value of your offering, of your meal and of your presence.
Prayer for the World
To answer to your great desire of the Eucharist, Jesus, we pray:
- For all Christians so that they appreciate more and more the unique value of the Eucharist, we pray.
- For the pastors of the church so that they are animated with a great desire to draw the Christian in the Eucharistic celebration.
- For those who seek the divine presence so that they recognize it and adore it in the Eucharist.
Father, you who want to let us live with your life, do something so that we can respond through our ardor to participate in the Eucharist through your great desire of the Eucharistic heart of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Fourth day of the Novena
Luke 22, 19 He gave thanks
Lecture : Luke 22, 19-20
Then he took the bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body, which will be given for you; do this in memory of me." And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which will be shed for you.
Taking bread, he gave thanks, broke it and gave it to them, saying: "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me." He did the same with the cup after supper, saying, "This cup is the new covenant in my blood, shed for you."
Lord Jesus, When you gave thanks, you opened to the Father the bottom of your heart, and thou have manifested him the most ardent thank you ever uttered on earth. In this Thanksgiving, you did ascend to the Father the most comprehensive offering, where you engaged all the strength of your love. Each Eucharist renews your thanksgiving and invites us to repeat to the Father our thank you for all that he gives us. By partnering with your thanksgiving, you want to unify us to your offering, offering you would like from us as sincere, as complete as yours. We would like to enter more deeply into the mystery of your thanksgiving, by engaging in the offering of our whole person. Following your example, we want to manifest to the Father the expression of our gratitude and say thank you more frequently we owe him for his goodness
Christ, so eager to give thanks, we praise you and we thank you . Offering to the Father the perfect Thanksgiving, you draw us in the same way, and share with us the most fundamental disposition of your Eucharistic Heart.
Prayer for the world
To follow your elan of thanksgiving, Jesus, we pray:
- For all mankind, so that they can discover the goodness of the Father and they shall express their thanks, we pray ...
- For all Christians, so that they appreciate the gifts of grace and send up to the Father, with you, their gratitude ;
- For those who protest against the Father's will or criticize it, so that they can recognize more easily his goodness;
- For those who forget to give thanks, so that the Eucharist stimulates them to the thanksgiving.
Father, you who fills us with your abundance of blessings and you make us admire them most especially in the Eucharist, grant us the grace to thank you, as the Eucharistic Heart of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord invites us to do so.
Fith day of the Novena
(Jn 15: 4) "Remain in me, as I remain in you."
Reading: John 15: 4-5
"Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches. Whoever remains in me and I in him will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing."
Lord Jesus, You have said these words at the Last Supper, because through the Eucharist, you desire to remain in us, so that we remain in you. When you were going to leave your disciples, you provided them the best opportunity to remain united to you, as you wanted to stay united in them. By instituting the Eucharist , you offered a spiritual wine which was your own blood. You're more than this wine, for you are the vine that produces wine. This is the vine that we must remain committed to constantly receive the force of your life.
Remaining in you, we can ourselves produce fruit, have a fruitful existence which enriches spiritually the others and the world. Since you wanted to dwell among us, we would welcome your continued presence by worshiping you. Since you wanted to stay, we ask you to make us a temple where our whole being will be devoted to you.
O Christ who dwells in us, We praise you and we thank you for wanting to dwell in us, so we do remain in you, and let us enjoy the intimacy of your Eucharistic Heart.
Prayer for the world
In response to your recommendation to remain in you, Jesus, we pray:
- That all men are more strongly attracted to you and discover your Eucharist;
- To all Christians wish to remain in you, getting you in the Eucharist;
- For all those who are seeking a permanent source of life, so that they can find it in the Eucharistic gift;
- For those who devote themselves to your kingdom, so that they remain committed to you by the Eucharist and thus produce fruit abundant.
Father, you have sent us your Son to inhabit our world, make us respond to the desire of His Eucharistic Heart to remain constantly in us, and grant us the grace to remain always in Him, your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Sixth day of the Novena
"Love one another"
Lecture: (John 13, 34-35)
"I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
Lord Jesus, at the institution of the Eucharist, you set out the great commandment which must govern the life of your disciples. You desire above all that those you had loved so much, can love between themselves, and you want to give them strength through the Eucharist. By the life of your Body and your Blood, you provide to your disciples a love which can overcome all strife.
Every day you offer to those who feed from you a new zeal to keep unity, harmony, and to do everything to avoid divisions. By receiving this force of love, we want to realize the great ideal that you offered us, so that everyone can recognize in us thy disciples.
O Christ, source of love, we praise and thank you to give us the flame of love of the Eucharistic Heart, and to kindle within each of us a sincere charity and limitless.
Prayer for the world
In response to the great commandment that you left us by instituting the Eucharist, Jesus, we pray:
- For all Christians, so that everyone can recognize them as your disciples through their behavior of love;
- For all those who are engaged in struggles or wars, so that they can find in you the strength to live in peace;
- For pastors of the church so that they can fulfill their mission with the charity that flows from each Eucharist;
- For all those who are animated by hatred or revenge, so they learn from you, by the Eucharist, kindness and forgiveness.
Father, you who desires a deep unity between all your children, help them to grow constantly in charity and to find in it, the source in the Eucharistic Heart of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Seventh day of the Novena
(John 13, 14) "I have washed your feet"
Lecture: John 13, 13-15
"You call me 'teacher' and 'master,' and rightly so, for indeed I am. If I, therefore, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash one another's feet. I have given you a model to follow, so that as I have done for you, you should also do." (John 13: 13-15)
Lord Jesus, you would have had the right to be served, you who possess the omnipotence of the deity. You have adopted the opposite attitude, which is to serve.
You wanted to show us the love the most humble, the most available, the one that manifests itself in the most extreme way in the Eucharist. On the occasion of the institution of the Eucharist, you have done an unforgettable gesture, washing the feet of your disciples. It was the task of the servants, and it is as a servant you have opened the meal where you would give all your Body and Blood as food and beverage. You recommended to your disciples, who had quarreled to occupy the first place to look rather the last place, in imitating your zeal to serve. We would like to collect this recommendation and to put into practice by abstaining from any claim ambitious and by humbly serving one another.
O Christ, You who have been made our servant, let pass in us through your Eucharist, your disposal of humble service, which makes us more available in the support we provide our brothers.
Prayer for the world
By having before our eyes the gesture with which you had washed the feet of your disciples, Jesus, we pray:
- For all Christians, so that they are more eager to serve their brothers, we pray thee;
- For pastors of the church so that, far from seeking honors, they have a sincere humility in service;
- For all men, so that they look and take their work as a service to society;
- For all those who by special vocation dedication to the service of the poor, so that they can persevere in their generosity.
Father, you are the first to serve humanity by your humble love, give us the grace to enter into the disposal of humble service of the Eucharistic Heart of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Eighth day of the Novena
(Mark 10: 45) "Giving his life"
Lecture: (Mark 10:45, Matt 20:28) "For the Son of Man did not come to be served but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many."
(John 10:11) "I am the good shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep."
Lord Jesus, You have pushed the service until the end by offering for mankind the sacrifice of your life. As our good shepherd, you have not hesitated to make the supreme sacrifice to manifest your love in a decisive manner. You wanted to provide to everyone, in your mission pastor, abundance of life: it is this desire that inspired you in the institution of the Eucharist. To give yourself to us fully, as food and drink, you first had to consume the sacrifice of the Cross, so that it reproduces itself in the Eucharistic mystery. By constantly renewing your offering, you invite us to unite in this offering, to offer ourselves personally with you to the Father. We would like to welcome this invitation, and offer all the troubles of our lives in sacrifice united to yours.
O Christ our Savior, we praise you and we thank you for the generosity of your sacrifice; grant us to participate in the outburst (impulse) of offering of your Eucharistic Heart
Prayer for the world
To unite ourselves to your eucharistic sacrifice, Jesus, we pray:
- For all Christians, so that they take part in the Eucharist by offering themselves to you;
- For the pastors of the Church, so they offer all the sacrifices demanded by the performance of their duties;
- For people who are related to you by a special consecration, so that they live this consecration in a spirit of sacrifice;
- For those who have to carry heavy trials, so they have the courage to offer everything;
Father, you gave your Son as a sacrifice for the salvation of mankind, grant us the grace to enter fully into the offering of the Eucharistic Heart of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.
Ninth day of the Novena
(John 16, 20-22) "No one will take your joy away from you."
Lecture: John 16: 20-22
"Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn, while the world rejoices; you will grieve, but your grief will become joy. When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived; but when she has given birth to a child, she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy that a child has been born into the world. So you also are now in anguish. But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you."
Lord Jesus, Your main intention was to communicate to your disciples life and the joy of your resurrection. The sacrifice is a passage at this life and this joy. Through the Eucharist, it is your Body and your Blood of the Risen that you give us as food and drink: your gushing life, full of new joy, enters into us. All our trials are to be transformed into a joy much more deeper than the suffering was sharp. When you come to us through the Holy Communion, you transform our sorrows into joy and you make us live the thrilling mystery of your resurrection. We would like to be filled by you with this joy which dominates all our ordeals.
O Risen Christ, We praise you and we thank you for wanting, through your Eucharistic Heart, to bring to us a happiness which announces the happiness of eternity.
Prayer for the world
To receive all the happiness of your Eucharist, Jesus, we pray :
- For all Christians, so that they are open to the joy of your Eucharist and they live with, we pray .. .
- For all those who are in sorrow, so that they find in your Eucharistic Heart a source of joy;
- For those who are slaughtered and discouraged, so they get the vigor with the Eucharistic communion;
- For those who engage in apostolic activity, so that they fulfill their mission with joy and enthusiasm.
Father, you who desire to share your happiness with all your children, help us to receive it as it is offered by the Eucharistic Heart of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord.