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MyCatholicSource.com Newsletter - April, 2016

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IN THIS ISSUE:

* Greetings

* MCS News & Notes

* The Month of April: Dedicated to the Holy Eucharist

* Resurrection of the Just: 'For we shall follow Him...' (Easter Sermon)

* Some Eucharistic Prayers

* Liturgical Feasts in April

* 'Catholic Trivia' [Themed: Latin words/terms]

* Defending the Faith: "Apologetics Brief" - Do You Reject the Teaching That Reception of the Eucharist is Necessary for Salvation for Those Who Have Reached the Use of Reason?

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"In thy resurrection, O Christ, alleluia. Let heaven and earth rejoice, alleluia." (Liturgical Year)

Hymn of Praise: O Jesus, King most wonderful! Thou Conqueror renowned! Thou Sweetness most ineffable! In whom all joys are found! When once Thou visitest the heart, then truth begins to shine; then earthly vanities depart; then kindles love divine. O Jesu! Light of all below! Thou Fount of life and fire! Surpassing all the joys we know, and all we can desire. May every heart confess Thy name, and ever Thee adore; And seeking Thee, itself inflame to see Thee more and more. Thee may our tongues for ever bless; Thee may we love alone; And ever in our lives express the image of Thine own. Amen. (Raccolta)

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The Month of April: Dedicated to the Holy Eucharist

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"There is nothing more to be added when we have said 'The Eucharist', since It is Jesus Christ." (St. Peter Julian Eymard)

"Every Communion is a new gift which Jesus Christ makes of Himself." (St. Ignatius Loyola)

"[T]o the Holy Eucharist we owe the future resurrection of our bodies. Our Savior himself teaches us this, where he says: 'Your fathers did eat manna in the desert, and are dead. This is the Bread which cometh down from heaven, that if any man eat of it, he may not die... He that eateth my Flesh, and drinketh my Blood, hath everlasting life, and I will raise him up in the last day (Jn. 5:49,50,55).'" (Dom Gueranger)

"This Sacrament, whether as the theme of devout meditation, or as the object of public adoration, or best of all as a food to be received in the utmost purity of conscience, is to be regarded as the center towards which the spiritual life of a Christian in all its ambit gravitates; for all other forms of devotion, whatsoever they may be, lead up to it, and in it find their point of rest." (Pope Leo XIII, "Mirae Caritatis", 1902 A.D.)

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"[The Eucharist is] a medicine of immortality, an antidote to death" (St. Ignatius of Antioch, c. 110 A.D.)

"[T]he Eucharist is, in itself, the greatest of the sacraments" (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church and "greatest theologian in the history of the Church")

"When they see the Blood of the Lord, demons flee while angels gather." (St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church)

"A soul can do nothing that is more pleasing to God than to communicate (receive Holy Communion) in a state of grace." (St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church)

"No tongue can express the greatness of the love which Jesus Christ bears to our souls. He did not wish that between Him and His servants there should be any other pledge than Himself, to keep alive the remembrance of Him." (St. Peter of Alcantara)

"Eternal Wisdom, on the one hand, wished to prove his love for man by dying in his place in order to save him, but on the other hand, he could not bear the thought of leaving him. So he devised a marvelous way of dying and living at the same time, and of abiding with man until the end of time. So, in order to fully satisfy his love, he instituted the sacrament of Holy Eucharist and went to the extent of changing and overturning nature itself." (St. Louis de Montfort)

"Jesus said to them, 'Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him on the last day. For my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink. Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him. Just as the living Father sent me and I have life because of the Father, so also the one who feeds on me will have life because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven. Unlike your ancestors who ate and still died, whoever eats this bread will live forever.'" (Jn. 6:53-58) [Note: As Scripture makes clear, reception of the Holy Eucharist is one essential condition for salvation. To be saved, one must also live according to God's laws.]

"For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, that the Lord Jesus, the same night in which he was betrayed, took bread, And giving thanks, broke and said [to the Apostles]: Take ye and eat: This is my body, which shall be delivered for you. This do for the commemoration of me. In like manner also the chalice, after he had supped, saying: This chalice is the new testament in my blood. This do ye, as often as you shall drink, for the commemoration of me. For as often as you shall eat this bread and drink the chalice, you shall shew the death of the Lord, until he come. Therefore, whosoever shall eat this bread, or drink the chalice of the Lord unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and of the blood of the Lord. But let a man prove himself: and so let him eat of that bread and drink of the chalice. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily eateth and drinketh judgment to himself, not discerning the body of the Lord. Therefore are there many infirm and weak among you: and many sleep [that is, die]." (St. Paul, 1 Cor. 11:23-30)

"If any one denieth that in the sacrament of the most holy Eucharist are contained truly, really, and substantially, the Body and Blood together with the soul and divinity of our Lord Jesus Christ, and consequently the whole Christ; but saith that He is only therein as a sign, or in a figure, or virtue; the him be anathema." (Council of Trent)

"No one who has a mortal sin on his conscience shall dare receive the Holy Eucharist before making a sacramental confession, regardless of how contrite he may think he is. This holy council declares that this custom is to be kept forever" (Council of Trent)

"We are bound to receive Holy Communion, under pain of mortal sin, during Easter time and when in danger of death." (Baltimore Catechism) [Note: Of course, those receiving Holy Communion must be properly disposed and in the state of grace. Any who have committed a mortal sin must first make a sacramental Confession and receive absolution prior to receiving Holy Communion. Remember that "He who receives Communion in mortal sin receives the Body and Blood of Christ, but does not receive His grace, and he commits a great sacrilege." (Baltimore Catechism)]

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Resurrection of the Just: 'For we shall follow Him...' (Easter Sermon)

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The following is from a nineteenth century publication entitled "The Catholic Pulpit". The author of the sermon was not located, nor was there any indication of ecclesiastical approval for the work. [Please Note: We have made some changes to the text below (e.g. spelling, punctuation & capitalization changes, shortening)]

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In all the plenitude of this attribute [of impassibility] our triumphant Savior evidently rises on this day. Christ being now risen, says St. Paul, cannot die or suffer any more. His mortal career was long and painful; but it is now ended. As he emphatically exclaimed on the cross: It is consummated. It was wonderful to think that a God should become capable of suffering, and ever bow down his sacred head under the stroke of mortality. But, if the world has once witnessed the amazing spectacle, it never shall again; it was the prodigy of eternity, never to be repeated. Christ has died once, says the Apostle, but he now dieth no more. Whilst he lived amongst us, his sacred frame was subject to all those infirmities under which we labor and sigh, cold, hunger, thirst, fatigue; and we have seen that he had plentiful experience of their bitterness; but, now that he has risen from death, that last and direst of our calamities, he has imparted to his frame a sovereign virtue, which shall render it for ever proof against such contingencies for the future.

And, my brethren, while we, the members of this divine head, yet linger in this land of tears, how consoling is it, looking on this day's glorious spectacle, how consoling is it to know and to reflect, that the same exalted privilege, another day, awaits us. Pain, as being the violent state of our nature, is our dread and abhorrence. How carefully do we shun it! How anxiously do we labor to remove or assuage it! And yet, all our vigilance is inadequate, our cares are ineffectual: its protruding thorns arrest and lacerate us in every path of life. What son of Adam can boast ignorance of this sad inheritance of our flesh? Who has not groaned under some or other of its immensely varied inflictions? If there be any one so singularly fated, he shall not carry his boast with him to the grave; humanity shall yet pay its indebted pang, with a severity perhaps proportioned to his past ominous exemption. Hateful ingredient! Could we extract it out of life, we might almost retrieve our fallen state, and scarcely regret our lost felicity. But, no! My brethren, this is not to be hoped for in our probationary existence: another order of things is prepared for us. We must wait till that predestined hour, when the gem of immortality, now implanted in our earthly nature by our Redeemer, shall bud forth and invest it in other attributes. It shall then become, like himself, impassible and immortal: it shall neither suffer nor die any more.

It shall not suffer: They shall neither hunger nor thirst, says St. John, neither shall the sun fall upon them nor any heat. The renovated frame shall be perfect in all its parts; its minutest organs, new set and nicely attempered to each other, shall play in eternal harmony, and never again by the slightest jarring interrupt the perennial peace of its blissful partner.

As the body in its new state shall never suffer, so, by a natural consequence, it shall never die any more. As it shall never grow, so it shall never waste; as it shall never advance to perfection, being already perfect, so it shall never decline from it. Though made up of parts, earthly in their extraction, and, in their original nature, evanescent and perishable, it shall never, by any accident or change, lessen or diminish them; and, after an eternity of duration, still flourish in all the primeval freshness of celestial youth, health, and beauty. Yes, my brethren, wonderful as it seems, it is again not more wonderful than certain, that this same body, now so frail, corruptible, and perishing, not only liable to die, but every day, I may say, actually dying, shall hereafter be so constituted, that Death, as St. Paul says, shall no more have dominion over it. It shall be out of the reach, not only of the dead, but of the possibility of death. Eternity, and eternity alone, shall be the measure of its new life. Now so frail and transitory, it shall become, even in this respect, the rival and co-equal of its spiritual associate, shall boast a parallel immortality, and coexist with their common Creator and God, in the infinitude of eternity.

Having thus prepared these frames of ours for their future mansion, it remains for us now to fit out the place which we are to inhabit. But here, how much are we at a loss! Where shall we find the colors to paint this ethereal scene? Where the materials to build up to our imagination this heaven wrought fabric, this palace of God and the children of God? Alas! we have only the poor and coarse materials of this world; and, among its glories and its delights, the choicest and richest is still single and scanty, whereas heaven is at once the comprehension and perfection of all. Wherefore, the Scripture, finding no single object in life of sufficient extent and import, has designated it by several different terms. Sometimes it is called a city, sometimes a kingdom; at one time a paradise, at another a banquet and a marriage feast. What we can do is to choose, from all, and collect their several advantages, and combine them in one rich and comprehensive assemblage.

Conceive, then, for our purpose, a fair and lovely region, canopied over with the most clear azure sky, enjoying at once all the mild tranquility of the softest night, and all the glories of the most brilliant day. It is to have no habitations, no tents, being itself one comprehensive receptacle, the tabernacle of God with men. It has no temple; God himself is its temple: it has no sun; God himself is its light; His universal presence its delightful atmosphere. It is to be a kingdom and a city; that is to say, spacious as the one, compact as the other; so extensive, as to allow full and free range to its millions of happy inhabitants, and yet so united, as to bind all the blissful citizens together [in the most close and familiar manner].

As to those ambrosial fruits and flowers, which belong to this paradise of God, those delicious viands, which cover the table of this celestial banquet, we are not made acquainted with their nature; only certain it is, that, as every sense shall have its proper and sanctioned gratification, even the meanest shall not be without its appropriate zest. Then, the most balmy fragrance shall everywhere breathe in this ethereal paradise, the most rich and delicious frankincense shall perfume this temple of the living God. The ears of the blessed shall be regaled and charmed with the soft and mellifluous accents of their fellows in bliss, their brothers in love, and their whole souls be ravished and transported with that celestial music, which for ever floats and swells in this lovely region. It is well known what power music exercises over our nature; how it rules the soul at pleasure, melts, lulls, rouses and ravishes it; how it swells the imagination, fills it with a thousand pleasing visions, transports it in a moment through airy regions of delight, and elevates it to a pitch of ecstasy, far beyond the reach of any other human art. And, if this be the effect of our earthly strains, if those scanty and imperfect numbers, which man is able to elicit from the coarse instruments of his own hands, judge what must be the power of the celestial music; of those sounds, which vibrate from the harps of seraphs; of those melting airs, in which the [inhabitants] of heaven hymn and respond to one another; and of that rich tide of harmony, which bursts, at intervals, from the full choir of the blessed! It is only in those rare and rapid moments, when the soul is under the influence of this pleasing power, that we are able to form a due conception of the ecstatic enjoyment, produced by the concord of sweet sounds; and our best way of expressing the sensation is to say, that it lifts us to heaven: but, alas! the emotion here, is as transient as the airy vibration that occasioned it; whereas, in heaven it will be as permanent as it is charming.

But the most exquisite, as well as the most abundant and diversified of man's enjoyments, enter by the most perfect of his senses; and who next shall be able to tell us what the sight of the blessed shall enjoy? What those celestial visions, with which it shall be for ever regaled? If here below man is pleased and refreshed with the scenes, which this place of banishment presents; if he surveys, with such pleasure, its happier spots and its choicer landscapes; what will be the joys of the blessed, in their new heavens and their new earth, created purposely for their gratification, and thrown open to their unbounded enjoyment? But, above all, what will be the great city itself, the palace of the skies, the heavenly Jerusalem? If the metropolies of this world are visited with so much eagerness, and their domes and their palaces, when a privileged glimpse can be obtained, are gazed on with so much wonder and delight; what shall we say or conceive of the heavenly city, the palace of God, built in the magnificence of His power, for His own eternal residence, and that of His elect? Here we are utterly at a loss; we have no images, no characters, no colors to paint with; the best that the sacred penman himself could say, was, that its walls were built with precious stones, and its streets paved with gold.

But the inhabitants themselves of this happy abode are its greatest ornament. If a pleasing form, here below, is found to communicate, through the eye, a sudden delight to the soul, what must it be to behold that assembly of celestial beauty, where all are so perfect, so amiable, so charming; where the King of beauty and glory Himself clothes them, all and each, with a portion of His own celestial charms, that they may be eternally enchanting in His own eyes, and in those of one another! What a feast for the soul must flow from the sight of all the heavenly hierarchy, of the bright angels, in their several orders, all different, yet all delightful; of the assembled saints, of every rank and profession, from every tongue and nation of the earth, each with his peculiar mark and distinction, and forming together a galaxy of glory, most richly and infinitely diversified!

This is the land, too, as of beauty, so of beautiful and chaste love. Here all love, and are loved by one another; here is no stranger, no foreigner, no alien; all are well known, intimately united, brothers and bosom friends. Here, though there is difference of rank, there is no envy: though there is one least, there is no one little; though there is one last, there is no one overlooked: all are united together in one golden chain of love, which transmits to every breast the felicity of all... There is nothing so delightful to the soul, as to know that it is beloved by another, whom itself admires and loves: what, then, must it be to be the conscious object of the pure affections of so many thousands! What must be the glow of transport felt in that breast, on which radiates at once all the love of all the blessed in heaven! And ah! what is even this, to the thought of being loved by God himself! of being tenderly cherished and embraced by a God of infinite charms, and infinite perfections! But this would carry me too far; this would, in fact, be to enter upon a topic new, exhaustless...and infinitely above my power. Here, therefore, I stop.

I have mentioned some of the privileges, and alluded to some of the pleasures, that await us. Of what I might say only a small part has been said; yet, where is the man, whose ambition would not be satisfied even with this? If there be one, to whom it appears that there is anything (licit) still wanting; any favorite delight or enjoyment to complete his felicity, let him freely add it to the collection. Let him give the reins to his imagination. Here that wonderful power has scope for its full play; this is the sphere for its legitimate exercise. Many have employed it idly or criminally, in framing to themselves a paradise in this vale of tears, in dressing out the airy visions of poetry... How much better, more noble, and more conformable to the purpose for which it was given, to exercise it in conceiving heaven, in forming such a picture of our future abode, as may at once delight, encourage, and attract the soul! Indulge, then, in the gaiest dreams of fancy. Let imagination enrich the scene with all (licit items) that your hearts can desire, and finish and complete my rude sketch with every auspicious circumstance. God himself invites you to the attempt: He indirectly challenges your utmost efforts; and He plainly tells you, that all that you can conceive is still little; less than a shadow of those realities, purchased for you by your Divine Redeemer, and this day pledged and secured to you. Oh, the boundless liberality of our God! After all, let me repeat, we have been endeavoring to contemplate only the inferior part of the joys of heaven, only the corporal, the material, the visible portion of the sons of resurrection. If this be so glorious, the external, the superficial, the apparent; what must be the internal, the unseen, the unconceived? As vastly superior, no doubt, as the fine essence of the soul transcends the gross texture of matter, as the ineffable transports of the heart surpass the mean mechanical delectations of sense.

Justly then, my brethren, may we conclude as we commenced: This is the day, which the Lord hath made; let us exult and rejoice therein. Can we choose but rejoice at the glorious prospect, which this day opens to us? And can there be any heart so insensible, as not to feel, on this auspicious morning, the kindling glow of gratitude and love to so great and good a Redeemer? We little thought of this when we saw him bleeding on the cross; we were absorbed in his sufferings and could expect nothing beyond; but he, as we now find, had time to think of this and prepare it for us, and while apparently sunk in distress, no doubt cherished in secret the anticipation, and warmed with its consoling consciousness his expiring bosom.

If then, my brethren, we are subjected to the sad sentence of mortality, are we not, this day, fully relieved from its terrors? Can we, after this, shrink at death? Can we with such bright prospects in view, hesitate to descend into the dust? No: exultingly may we exclaim, with the Apostle: Oh! death where is thy sting? Oh grave where is thy victory? As true Christians, then, as heirs of resurrection, let us no longer be dismayed at the vanquished foe, but meet his necessary approach with tranquility and confidence: and on all occasions in life, when the season of penance returns, when the hour of trial approaches, and sickness or calamity plants the cross in our view, and calls upon us to follow our great leader and embrace it, let us lift up our eyes to this cheering prospect, to the splendid vista, which will so soon break upon us, the thrice happy Easter of resurrection and immortality.

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Some Eucharistic Prayers

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Ref. http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pr/prayers_and_hymns_Mass_Holy_Eucharist.htm

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Act of Adoration (After Communion, During Easter Time)

O infinite majesty! Thou art in me, and I am in thee. The earth shook when thou didst rise from the tomb; and now, at this blissful moment, feeling thee within me, my whole being thrills with delight. Thou art here in my heart; thou the great God, whose will alone created the light and whose almighty power reunited thy Soul and Body for a glorious Resurrection. I most profoundly adore thine omnipotence, which is now united to my poor nature. No, my Almighty Father! Thou shalt find no resistance here; Thou art my Sovereign Lord, and I delightedly confess it. Thou hast come down from heaven to this lowly dwelling of my misery, my nothingness, in order to receive my adoration; thou shalt have it, dear Lord! The humblest and best I can give: For my soul is overpowered by the wondrous honor thou art now conferring upon me! Thou art the infinite Being, the Creator and Preserver of all things! I adore thee as my King and Lord and Master: my happiness and glory is in my total dependence upon thee; the one ambition of my heart is to serve thee. (Liturgical Year)

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Act of Faith (Before Holy Communion)

O my God, I firmly believe that by the words of consecration spoken during Mass, bread truly becomes the Body of Christ and wine His most precious Blood, and that Thy divine Son is offered to Thee upon the altar under appearances representing that separation of His Body and Blood which took place on Calvary. Therefore, do I believe with my whole heart that this holy Victim is that same as that of the cross, whom I am about to receive in order to unite my sacrifices to His own, by immolating myself with Him for Thy glory. (St. Andrew's Missal)

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Act of Humility (Before Communion, During Easter Time)

O divine Conqueror of death! Who could see thee in the splendor of thy majesty, and not tremble? Before thy Passion, thou grantedst a mere glimpse of thy glory to the three disciples on Thabor, and they fell down as through they were dead: and now, when the brightness of thy Resurrection dazzles even the eyes of the Angels, thou wishest to do far more than show thyself to me. Thou vouchsafest to come down to my nothingness, to unite me, a weak unworthy creature, with thyself, who art no longer in the Crib or on the Cross, and art soon to ascend to the right hand of thy eternal Father! Thou, the Author of light, and thyself the infinite Light, art about to shine amidst such darkness as mine! If I reflect upon my nothingness, this thy condescension fills me with delighted wonder; but when I remember that I have been so great a sinner, this union with thee overpowers me. How can thy sovereign holiness and my sinfulness be brought thus together? Thine Evangelist tells me, that 'the Light shineth in darkness, and the darkness doth not comprehend it,' for the darkness of pride ever thinks itself to be the light, and sees not the 'true Light': let it not be thus with me, my Jesus! I humble myself before thee; I acknowledge my misery - it is immense; deign then, O divine Light! To pour out on me the riches of thine infinite mercy. (Liturgical Year)

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Act of Love (Before Holy Communion, During Easter Time)

O Jesus! Thy Resurrection is not only the trophy of thy victory, it is moreover, and more evidently, the grand triumph of thy love. It was out of love for us that thou didst assume our flesh and suffer the cruel Passion; and yet these proofs of thine adorable goodness towards us are but a preparation of the last great act of God's love for sinful man, his creature. Thou risest from the tomb, thou takest possession of immortality; it is a triumph well merited by thy humiliations and sufferings: but it is all for our sake. What need hadst thou of the Crib or the Cross, O eternal and infinitely happy God? Why wouldst thou die, and then return to life? Why descend into the grave, and then leave it by a glorious Resurrection? Ah yes, I understand thee, my Jesus! It was because thou lovest us, who had merited death by our sins. In thine incomprehensible love, thou wouldst share in our death, that we might share in thy Resurrection. Whether nailed to the Cross, or rising from the tomb, thou art ever our own dearest Jesus, ever working for us; but the last act of thy almighty love is the greatest. What return can I make thee, O my Savior, if not that of the warmest love? And when should I give it more fervently than now, when thou art about to give me that Bread of Heaven which is thyself, and by which thou unitest me to thy Resurrection, in order to make me a sharer of thy glory and immortality? Thou art mine, O Jesus! Both in thy death and in thy life! I wish to be thine for time and for eternity. Amen. (Liturgical Year)

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Act of Reparation (Blessed Sacrament)

With that profound humility which the Faith itself inspires in me, O my God and Savior Jesus Christ, true God and true man, I love Thee with all my heart, and I adore Thee who art hidden here, in reparation for all the irreverences, profanations and sacrileges which Thou receivest in the most adorable Sacrament of the Altar. I adore Thee, O my God, if not so much as Thou art worthy to be adored nor so much as I am bound to do, yet as much as I am able; would that I could adore Thee with that perfect worship which the angels in heaven are enabled to offer Thee. Mayest Thou, O my Jesus, be known, adored, loved and thanked by all men at every moment in this most holy and divine Sacrament. Amen. (Raccolta)

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Adoration Prayer (Blessed Sacrament) [Fatima]

O most holy Trinity, I adore you. My God, my God, I love you in the Most Blessed Sacrament.

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Anima Christi

Soul of Christ, be my sanctification. Body of Christ, be my salvation. Blood of Christ, fill all my veins. Water from Christ's side, wash out my stains. Passion of Christ, my comfort be. O good Jesus, listen to me. In Thy wounds I fain would hide, Ne'er to be parted from Thy side. Guard me should the foe assail me. Call me when my life shall fail me. Bid me come to Thee above, with Thy Saints to sing Thy love, world without end. Amen. (Attr. To St. Ignatius Loyola)

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Mass Prayer (After Consecration)

What, O God of heaven and earth, my Jesus, the long-expected Messias, what else can I do at this solemn moment, but adore thee in silence, as my sovereign Master, and open to thee my whole heart, as to its dearest King? Come, then, O Lord Jesus, come! (Liturgical Year)

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Mass Prayer (At Elevation of Sacred Host)

My Lord and My God! (Dominus meus et Deus meus!) [English/Latin]

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Mass Prayer (At Elevation of the Chalice)

Be mindful, O Lord, of Thy creature, whom Thou hast redeemed by Thy Precious Blood.

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Mass Prayer (At Holy Communion)

The Body of Our Lord Jesus Christ preserve my soul unto everlasting life. Amen. (Corpus Domini nostri Iesu Christi custodiat animam meam in vitam aeternam. Amen.) [English/Latin]

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Prayer Before Holy Communion

O heavenly Physician! Make us worthy of the food thou givest us! (14-15th Century Sequence)

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Prayer Before Holy Communion

Let the receiving of Thy Body, O Lord, Jesus Christ, which I, though unworthy, do presume to receive, turn not to me for judgement and condemnation, but according to Thy mercy, let it be profitable to me for the receiving of protection and healing, both of soul and body: Who livest and reignest for ever and ever. (Roman Missal)

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Prayer Before Holy Communion

O Mother of tender mercy, most Blessed Virgin Mary, I am a wretched and unworthy sinner, yet I fly to thee with all my heart and all my affection; I implore thy loving-kindness, that even as thou didst stand beside thy dear Son as He hung upon the Cross, so thou wilt mercifully deign to stand beside me, a miserable sinner, and beside all thy faithful people as we receive the most sacred Body of thy Son, to the end that we may be enabled to receive It worthily and fruitfully. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. (Raccolta)

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Prayer of Adoration

I adore Thee, O Jesus, true God and true Man, here present in the Holy Eucharist, humbly kneeling before Thee and united in spirit with all the faithful on earth and all the blessed in heaven. In deepest gratitude for so great a blessing, I love Thee, my Jesus, with my whole heart, for Thou art all perfect and all worthy of love. Give me grace nevermore in any way to offend Thee, and grant that I, being refreshed by Thy Eucharistic presence here on earth, may be found worthy to come to the enjoyment with Mary of Thine eternal and ever-blessed presence in heaven. Amen. (Raccolta)

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Prayer of Thanksgiving After Holy Communion

I give thee thanks for this, and for every Communion thou hast hitherto so graciously given me. Deign to enlighten me more and more as to the magnificence of thy gift; deign to cherish within me the sentiment of love; that thus my longings for thy visit may be increased; that I may know how to honor, as I ought, thy presence within me; and that I may never dare to approach thee out of custom, or without my conscience assuring me that I am bringing with me the profound respect due to thee. (Liturgical Year)

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Prayer After Holy Communion

I give Thee thanks, O holy Lord, Father Almighty, eternal God, Who hast vouchsafed, not for any merits of mine, but solely out of the condescension of Thy mercy, to satisfy me, a sinner, Thine unworthy servant, with the precious Body and Blood of Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ. I pray that this holy Communion be not to me a condemnation unto punishment, but a saving plea unto forgiveness. May it be unto me the armor of faith and the shield of good will. May it be the emptying out of my vices, the extinction of all concupiscence and lust, the increase of charity and patience, of humility and obedience, and of all virtues; a strong defense against the snares of all enemies, visible and invisible; the perfect quieting of all my evil impulses, both fleshly and ghostly; a firm cleaving unto Thee, the one true God; and a pledge of a blessed destiny. And I beseech Thee, that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to bring me, a sinner, to that ineffable banquet, where Thou, with Thy Son and the Holy Ghost, art to Thy saints true light, fullness of content, eternal joy, gladness without alloy and perfect bliss. Through the same Christ our Lord. Amen. (St. Thomas Aquinas, Doctor of the Church)

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Note: For more prayers, please visit http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/tp/topic_page-catholic_prayers.htm

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Liturgical Feasts in April

The following is a listing of all liturgical feast dates for April as they appear at http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/saints/feasts.htm

Note: (T) = Traditional, (N) = New (Novus Ordo)

Reminder: Feasts may be superseded / transferred / etc.

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April 2 - St. Francis of Paula (Paola) (T)

April 2 - St. Francis of Paola (N)

April 4 - St. Isidore of Seville (T)

April 4 - St. Isidore of Seville (N)

April 5 - St. Vincent Ferrer (T)

April 5 - St. Vincent Ferrer (N)

April 6 - St. Juliana of Cornillon (T)

April 7 - St. John Baptist de la Salle (N)

April 8 - St. Julia Billiart (T)

April 11 - St. Leo the Great, pope (T)

April 11 - St. Stanislaus (N)

April 13 - St. Hermenegild (T)

April 13 - St. Martin I, pope (N)

April 14 - St. Justin (T)

April 14 - Sts. Tiburtius, Valerian & Maximus (T)

April 17 - St. Anicetus, pope (T)

April 21 - St. Anselm of Canterbury (T)

April 21 - St. Anselm (N)

April 22 - Sts. Soter & Caius, popes (T)

April 23 - St. George (T)

April 23 - St. Adalbert (N)

April 23 - St. George (N)

April 24 - St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen (T)

April 24 - St. Fidelis of Sigmaringen (N)

April 25 - St. Mark the Evangelist (T)

April 25 - St. Mark the Evangelist (N)

April 26 - Our Lady of Good Counsel (T)

April 26 - Sts. Cletus & Marcellinus, popes (T)

April 27 - St. Peter Canisius (T)

April 27 - St. Thuribius of Mogrobejo (T)

April 28 - St. Paul of the Cross (T)

April 28 - St. Vitalis (T)

April 28 - St. Louis Marie de Montfort (N)

April 28 - St. Peter Chanel (N)

April 29 - St. Peter of Verona (T)

April 29 - St. Catherine of Siena (N)

April 30 - St. Catherine of Siena (T)

April 30 - St. Pius V, pope (N)

Please Note: Above may exclude moveable feasts. For moveable feasts, see below and try here: http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/latin_mass_and_tradition/traditional_liturgical_calendar.htm . For other feasts, try the MCS Daily Digest each day at http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/cg/mcs_daily_digest.asp

Also...

4/3/16 - Low Sunday (Quasimodo Sunday) (T) | Divine Mercy Sunday (N) * [Note: For information on the 'Divine Mercy' devotion, including a link to the user-submitted article "What's Up With Faustina's Divine Mercy Devotion? Unanswered Questions & Things You May Not Know", please visit http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/tp/topic_page-divine_mercy.htm ]

4/10/16 - Second Sunday after Easter (Good Shepherd Sunday) (T) | Third Sunday of Easter (N)

4/17/16 - Third Sunday after Easter (T) | Fourth Sunday of Easter (N)

4/24/16 - Fourth Sunday after Easter (Cantate Sunday) (T) | Fifth Sunday of Easter (N)

* Reminder: Plenary indulgence may be available. For indulgence information, please go to http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/cg/indulgences.htm

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'Catholic Trivia'

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Note: This month all trivia questions are themed. [Theme: Latin words/terms]

[Reminder: Latin in the Church's official language. For more information on Latin, please visit www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/tp/topic_page-latin_language.htm ]

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1. What does 'semper et ubique' refer to?

2. What is the Latin term for 'Apostolic See'?

3. What is the Latin term for bishop?

4. What Latin words are used for the abbreviation B.V.M.?

5. What does 'jus canonicum' refer to?

6. What does the Latin expression 'Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat' mean?

7. What does the Latin term 'periculum mortis' mean?

8. What does the Latin abbreviation A.M.G.D. stand for?

9. What is Latin for Holy Spirit/Holy Ghost?

10. What is Latin for 'Immaculate Heart of Mary'?

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Answers:

1. Latin for 'always and everywhere'

2. Sedes Apostolica

3. Episcopus

4. Beata Virgo Maria (English: Blessed Virgin Mary)

5. Canon law

6. Christ conquers, Christ reigns, Christ commands

7. Danger of death

8. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam (English: For the greater glory of God)

9. Spiritus Sanctus

10. Immaculati Cordis Mariae

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For more information concerning the topics above, try our General A-Z Index at http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/help.htm

Like trivia? You might enjoy our crossword puzzles located at http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/pc/catholic_activities/catholic_fun_crossword_puzzles.htm

You might also be interested in the Q & A and historical information which may be found each day on the MCS Daily Digest at http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/cg/mcs_daily_digest.asp

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Defending the Faith: "Apologetics Brief" - Do You Reject the Teaching That Reception of the Eucharist is Necessary for Salvation for Those Who Have Reached the Use of Reason?

It is good for Catholics to be able to defend their faith against attacks (or even simple questions) from those outside the Church. We therefore hope you may find the following "apologetics brief" helpful.

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Note: Text below is taken from http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/nc/non_catholics__Eucharist_Mass.htm

The following may be used as discussion points when discoursing with those outside the Church (or even among Catholics).

Topic: Do You Reject the Teaching That Reception of the Eucharist is Necessary for Salvation for Those Who Have Reached the Use of Reason? (Note: Topic is directed at Protestants)

Consider:

* Do you believe that persons are saved by faith alone? Visit http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/nc/non_catholics__faith_alone.htm

* If you reject this teaching (concerning the necessity of receiving the Holy Eucharist), you should consider that it is based on Christ's own words in Jn. 6:53: "Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you."

* Why is it that you accept the fact that food is necessary for the survival of your body but reject the fact that "spiritual food" is required for the soul, even though Christ - that is, God - has stated that it is so? What happens to one's body when it goes without food? What then do you think happens to the soul when it goes without its proper food?

Also: Do you (mistakenly!) believe that a Protestant 'communion' wafer is equivalent to the Catholic Eucharist? Visit http://www.mycatholicsource.com/mcs/nc/non_catholics__Eucharist_Mass.htm

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"Jesus said to them, 'Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you do not have life within you.'" (Jn. 6:53)

"We are bound to receive Holy Communion, under pain of mortal sin, during Easter time and when in danger of death." (Baltimore Catechism)

"Our God has given Himself to be our food because man, condemned to death as he is, can be restored to life only by this means." (Pope Urban IV)

"The precept of paschal Communion begins to bind as soon As a child is capable of receiving with the requisite dispositions." (Catechism of St. Pius X)

"The Eucharist is necessary to preserve the soul in the spiritual life of grace; for the soul, like the body, becomes gradually exhausted, if care is not taken to repair its strength." (St. Jean Baptiste de la Salle)

"If any one denieth that all and each of Christ's faithful of both sexes are bound, when they have attained to years of discretion, to communicate every year at least at Easter, in accordance with the precept of holy mother Church; let him be anathema." (Council of Trent)

"Can. 920 §1 Once admitted to the blessed Eucharist, each of the faithful is obliged to receive Holy Communion at least once a year. §2 This precept must be fulfilled during paschal time (the Easter season), unless for a good reason it is fulfilled at another time during the year." (1983 Code of Canon Law)

"As they thought it impossible that He should do as He said, i.e. give them His flesh to eat, He shows them that it was not only possible, but necessary: Then said Jesus to them, Verily, verily, I say to you, Except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink His blood, you have no life in you (Jn. 6:53)." (St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church)

[To preachers of his order:] "And in every sermon which you give, admonish the people concerning [the necessity of] penance, and [instruct them] that no one can be saved unless he receive the Body and Blood of the Lord (cf. Jn. 6:54). And when [Christ] is sacrificed upon the altar by the priest and carried to any place, let all the people, on bended knee, praise, glorify, and honor the Lord God living and true. And you must announce and preach His praise to all peoples in such a manner that at every hour and whenever the bells are rung, praise, glory, and honor are given to the all-powerful God through all the earth." (St. Francis of Assisi)

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In Closing...

"We belong not to ourselves now, since Christ has bought us 'at a great price' [His blood] (1 Cor. 6:20)" (Pope Pius XI)

"Let Him be fixed deep in your heart, who for you was fastened to the cross" (St. Augustine, Doctor of the Church)

"For what is there that can equal these good tidings? God on earth, man in heaven; that long war ceased, reconciliation is made between God and our nature, the devil overthrown, death abolished, paradise opened. These things so far beyond our merits, are given us with all fullness; not for our own toil or labor, but because we are beloved of God." (St. John Chrysostom, Doctor of the Church)

"Certainly, then, the more a Christian is aware of the holiness and the divinity of this heavenly Sacrament [of the Eucharist], the more careful he should be not to receive it without great reverence and sanctity, especially since we read in the Apostle the fearful words: 'He who eats and drinks unworthily, without distinguishing the body of the Lord, eats and drinks judgment to himself' (1 Cor. 11:29)" (Council of Trent)

"Christ instituted the Holy Eucharist - 1) To unite us to Himself and to nourish our soul with His Body and Blood, 2) To increase sanctifying grace and all virtues in our soul, 3) To lessen our evil inclinations, 4) To be a pledge of everlasting life, 5) To fit our bodies for a glorious resurrection, and 6) To continue the sacrifice of the Cross in His Church." (Baltimore Catechism)

"History bears witness that the virtues of the Christian life have flourished best wherever and whenever the frequent reception of the Eucharist has most prevailed. And on the other hand it is no less certain that in days when men have ceased to care for this heavenly bread, and have lost their appetite for it, the practice of Christian religion has gradually lost its force and vigor." (Pope Leo XIII, "Mirae Caritatis", 1902 A.D.)

"Let now the heavenly troops of angels rejoice: let the divine mysteries be joyfully celebrated: and let a sacred trumpet proclaim the victory of so great a King. Let the earth also be filled with joy, being illuminated with such resplendent rays: and let us be sensible that the darkness, which overspread the whole earth, is chased away by the splendor of our eternal King. Let our mother, the Church, be also glad, finding herself adorned with the rays of so great light: and let this temple resound with the joyful acclamations of the people." (Liturgical Year)

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