OUR LADY OF THE MOST BLESSED SACRAMENT
O Mary, sweet Mother of Jesus and our own tender mother, we love to call you Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, because you were the first tabernacle of the Most High and the first adorer of Our Lord and Saviour. You have, indeed, given us the Blessed Eucharist. It was your “fiat,” your acquiescence in the Incarnation of the Son of God — the divine Word — that began the great mystery of the union with us which Jesus accomplished during His mortal life, and which He continues in the Holy Eucharist. And after Our Lord's ascension into heaven, you became the model and mother of all adorers of Jesus in the Tabernacle by adoring and serving Him with loving assiduity. Pray for us who have recourse to you, that we may love Our Lord in the Holy Eucharist ever more and more with a love like that which inflamed your own immaculate Heart, O Mary, so that we may seek in all things His pleasure and His glory, and may daily grow more like to Him, and thus be able to exclaim with the burning heart of the great apostle, St. Paul: I live, yet not I, but Christ liveth in me. It is your mission, dear Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, to form Jesus in His adorers. Dying for love of us, He, in His agony on the cross, bequeathed you to us as our mother, and confided us to your maternal care; help us, then, to be more devoted to Him in the sacrament of His love; help us to show our love for Him by striving to draw others to the love of His sacred Heart, and by our constant efforts to imitate His meekness, humility, and patience, and, indeed, all those virtues which He taught us in His mortal life from Bethlehem to Calvary, and of which He continues to give us an example in His Eucharistic life upon the Altar. May His Kingdom be established in the whole world; may He live and rule in all hearts. Blessed and praised every moment be the most holy and divine Sacrament. Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament, pray for us — pray that we who now adore and love Jesus here below under the veil of the sacred species, may one day have the joy to behold Him in His unveiled beauty in the realms above, and to sing His praises with the angels and the saints, and above all with you, dear Mother, in eternal tabernacles. Amen.
From St. Peter Julian Eymard's “Month of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament”
“Redemption is continued in the Eucharist. It is in the Eucharist that it is applied. God is again glorified therein, man again saved by the Sacred Humanity of Jesus Christ. The Son of God there satisfies His consuming love for man, there exhausts the means inspired by His zeal, for the glory of His Father;—but without Mary there would be no Eucharist! Without her, Jesus would never be our nourishment, never give us His Flesh to eat, His Blood to drink!
“And yet, He came down from heaven to be our Bread in the Sacrament, to be the Life of the world: Ego veni ut vitam habeant, et panis quem ego dabo caro est pro mundi vita. (John vi.) During His life, He was pressed by consuming desire to institute the Sacrament, and to fulfil the end for which He came: Desiderio desideravi hoc pascha manducare vobiscum. But that plan of His wisdom, those desires of His Heart, He can accomplish only by the Flesh that He took from Mary: ‘For,’ says St. Augustine, ‘it was the flesh that ruined us, and it is the flesh that must work our restoration.’—Suarez also, says that, for the remedy to be suited to the disease, it was necessary that Jesus should give us His Flesh to eat and His Blood to drink.
“Again, Jesus Christ can do all that in the Sacrament only by the Flesh that He owes to Mary. Here again, as in the Incarnation, He is her debtor, and He has only one means by which He can worthily discharge His debt of gratitude, and that is, to give over to Mary the dispensing of all the graces comprised in the Eucharist, as He remitted into her hands the entire and absolute disposal of all His other graces. And that is just what He has done. ...
“All the created graces that the Sacrament of the Eucharist comprehends, are in Mary's hands. But even that is little. In the Sacred Host, is the Author Himself of grace, Jesus, the infinite and eternal God. Now, Mary has a mother's power over Jesus in the Eucharist, the power of a Mother! She gives, she dispenses, also, the Uncreated Grace, and that is what constitutes her the Mistress, the Lady of the Blessed Sacrament! Blessed Albertus Magnus says: ‘Through Mary come to us all the grace, created and uncreated, that the world has ever received, or will receive.’ ...
“Mary is the treasurer of Jesus Christ. It is He Himself whom she possesses, He Himself whom she gives. ...
“It is, then, Mary's great mission to give Jesus to the world in all His manifestations, in all His mysteries, as she did at first in the Incarnation. If we open the holy Gospel, we shall there find this truth as clear as day.
“Jesus desires to go to sanctify John by His presence, and it is Mary who carries Him over the journey. She is the Sacrament of Jesus, and her maternal voice is the channel of the Saviour's divine influence upon the Precursor. Mary gives Jesus to St. John the Baptist.
“Some months later, the Magi, the first-fruits of the Gentiles, and in them of all nations, find the Child with His Mother,—the Infant-God on the lap, in the arms of Mary, who presents Him to their adoration. Mary gives Jesus to the world.
“Forty days have scarcely passed since His Birth, when Mary presents Jesus in the Temple. She, in very truth, offers Him to God, despoiling herself in His hands of all her rights as a mother over her Babe. She gives Him for the salvation of the world, ratifying by this public offering the sacrifice that Jesus had made of Himself to His Father from the first moment of His conception. Mary gives her Son in sacrifice for us.
“Again, on the day of His first public manifestation, it is Mary who draws Jesus forth from His obscurity. She gives Him to the world as the Prophet who is about to announce the mercies of the Lord, and she wins for Him the assured faith of His first disciples, until then wavering: Et crediderunt in eum discipuli ejus. (John iii.) At Cana, it is Mary who again gives Jesus.
“But, upon Calvary!—Ah! it is there that Mary truly gives Jesus to us!—‘Not only,’ says Père Ventura, ‘did Mary, in imitation of the Father, consent, but she ardently desired, she efficaciously willed, that her well-beloved Son should charge Himself with our faults, in order that we might share in His righteousness.’—‘And let us not for an instant doubt,’ St. Bonaventure dares to say, ‘that Mary's soul would not have longed to immolate her Son for the salvation of the human race, if the executioners had failed to do their work, for she desired to be in all things conformed to the Father, who had delivered His Son, and to the Son, who immolated Himself for us.’
“To understand Mary's participation in this gift of Jesus on Calvary, let us consider St. Epiphanius' words, as quoted by Cornelius à Lapide: ‘As Jesus immolating Himself on the Cross, pays to the Father the just price of our ransom, so Mary, by her offering of Him, co-operated as far as she could in the sacrifice of her Son, and consequently in our salvation, for Christ belongs to Mary, He is her riches, her all. He belongs to her as a son to his mother. He is a part of His Mother, that is to say, the flesh of her flesh, the bone of her bone.’—St. Bernard, therefore, did not hesitate to say: ‘Mary so loved the world that she gave it her only Son. She did not spare her own Son, but she delivered Him for us all!’
“Ah, well, then, will it be only in the Eucharist that Jesus will not be given to us by Mary, that He will not come to us by Mary? Will the Holy Eucharist be the only manifestation of His love in which she will not be the means, the instrument? After having given Jesus to us in the Incarnation as the principle of grace, will she not give Him in the Eucharist as the application of that grace? ...
“It is not possible that Mary could be excluded from this last and perpetual Gift of Jesus in His Sacrament; on the contrary, everything connected with It, claims her intervention.
“We know that, for thirty years, Jesus was subject to His Mother at Nazareth. Has He now shaken off the yoke? No, certainly not! In heaven Mary is still the Mother of Jesus, and when she asks anything of her Son, gloriously seated on His throne, she does it rather as a mother who commands than as a suppliant who entreats. All legitimate relations are perfected in glory. There the son is more filial, the father more paternal, the spouse more loving, the friend more faithful. Jesus must, then, glorify and exalt the filial submission with which He honored His Mother here below, and in heaven, as in the Sacrament, our faith and our love tell us, He is still subject to His Mother. ...
“Filled with amazement at the immense share which Jesus gives to Mary in all His works, we say with St. Peter Damian: ‘It is the invariable design of God to do everything in union with Mary, by Mary, and in Mary; so that just as nothing was made without Him, so nothing can be restored without her: Per ipsam, cum ipsa et in ipsa, totum faciendum decernitur, ut sicut sine ipso nihil factum est, ila sine illa nihil refectum sit!’ (Serm. de Annunt.)
“O Mary, is it not true to say that it is to thee we owe the Eucharist? It was thy prayers, together with the loving desire of thy Son, that obtained for us Its first institution. It is thou who dost still continue to the Church the daily gift that He makes of His Flesh and His Blood. It belongs to thee, O Blessed Mother, to give thy Jesus! It is for thee to make Him known in His Sacrament, to make Him loved, to defend Him! Do thou give Him to us, for we wish to owe Him only to thee, O loving Mother!”