[ 1] Unto the end, for the winepresses, a psalm for the sons of Core. I). It was really a combination of two feasts, Passover and Unleavened Bread, and occurred in early spring. St. Alphonsus Liguori once wrote that there is no prayer more dear to God than that which is made after communion. It is a great act of condescension and love on His part thus to come and take up His abode within us worms of the earth, an honour and a grace for which we can never be too grateful. To get you started, here are 5 powerful prayers to pray after Mass. 2: All : Faithful God, in baptism you have adopted us as your children, made us members of the body of Christ : and chosen us as inheritors of your kingdom: we thank you that in this Eucharist … Moreover, gratitude to God for graces already bestowed will be a powerful means to move Him to grant still more. The official title of the communion meal is the Eucharist, a Greek word meaning thanksgiving. Saint Philip’s daily prayer used to be: “O my God, keep Thy hand over me this day, or I shall do Thee all manner of harm.” He recognized the necessity of the Divine protection, if sin were to be avoided; so, too, must sinners like ourselves be firmly convinced of the need of God’s grace, if we hope to avoid offending Him grievously and so risking our salvation. We should, therefore, avail ourselves of this happy time, and never fail to make our requests, while the Sacred Species remain within us. In other words, the time we spend in union with Jesus after receiving Holy Communion, thanking Him for such a great gift, uniting ourselves to His Infinite Goodness, can truly rectify things that may be lacking in our spiritual progress. Thus, if we reflect and consider, we shall find many subjects for thanksgiving and praise, especially pleasing to God as proof of a grateful heart. In it, … How to Make Thanksgiving after Communion: Talk to Jesus simply and from your heart as you would to a person whom you greatly trust and who hangs on every word you say. “I know my iniquity, and my sin is always before me” are the words of King David (Psalm 1:5). Here is the example we must follow, whenever we go to Holy Communion. Moreover, this custom is becoming general, even in many Catholic boarding schools and colleges where formerly the students who had received Communion remained in the chapel for about ten minutes after Mass, thus acquiring the habit of making a thanksgiving, a habit which the best among them kept all their lives.”. I thank you that your humble death has again given me bountiful life. We have been made sons and daughters in the only Son, and we enter into His Gift of Self to the Father. May He capture and ravish your heart with His Person. Communion Eucharist Communion Thanksgiving. These words of Father Garrigou-LaGrange may seem a bit harsh, but I am hoping that, as they have for me, they will encourage you  to spend a few minutes after Mass with our Lord thanking Him for having blessed you with the greatest of all possible gifts. ( Log Out /  Our Holy God considers it essential that we not be “one who eats or drinks without discerning the body”. Let us desire and pray that we never let receiving Holy Communion become a routine lacking mind and heart, and let us pray for our brothers and sisters in the Church that everyone who receives communion will “discern the Body of Christ.”. It is not that we are to worry ourselves and fret over the sins in detail that we have already confessed, but to remember in general that we are sinners before God, which will help to keep us humble in His presence. This is where the word for Eucharist comes from; the communion offered and received together as one people, one body with Jesus Christ, at the holy Mass. Spending a few minutes after Mass in thanksgiving (in addition to our thanksgiving directly after receiving Holy Communion) is one way to accomplish this goal. They should be ours also, as an expression of sorrow for sin, the one thing that makes us displeasing in the eyes of God and unworthy to approach Him. WHAT IS THIS SACRAMENT CALLED? Act of Thansgiving after Holy Communion #1 - How delectable is the sweetness of Thy heavenly ... Act of Thansgiving after Holy Communion #2 - My Lord Jesus Christ, most sweet and most kind, ... Act of Thansgiving after Holy Communion #3 - … How important is our thanksgiving after Holy Communion to our growth in holiness? The practice of making a proper and meaningful thanksgiving after receiving the Holy Eucharist is one way to rediscover our Eucharistic form. Behold here a goodly number of objects for which we may petition Our Blessed Lord after our Communion; some of them, at any rate, we should always lay before Him, for, according to the Saints, these moments are precious; let them not slip by in idleness and distraction, but ever employ them in earnest supplication. The entire Mass is a prayer of thanksgiving, which is stated explicitly in some prayers and implied throughout. References: The two quotes at the top of this note are from the Wikipedia article on “Thanksgiving after Communion,” which is quite beneficial. Thanksgiving after Communion is a spiritual practice among Christians who believe in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Communion bread, maintaining themselves in prayer for some time to thank God and especially listening in their hearts for guidance from their Divine guest. How many nowadays might take this lesson to heart? The Holy Eucharist is our foretaste of Eternal Life. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. If the comment section is already present, merely scroll to the end of any comments already made. The priest then prays over the people and blesses them in the name … Prayer for Communion. 1329). Thanksgiving after Communion is a spiritual practice among Christians who believe in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist they receive during Holy Communion, maintaining themselves in prayer for some time to thank God for what they believe to be the great gift of receiving God Himself in person. In his masterful treatise on the spiritual life, the great Father Garrigou-LaGrange (professor of Saint Pope John Paul II) devotes nearly six full pages to discuss the critical importance of making an adequate and meaningful thanksgiving after Holy Communion (see Chapter 32 of The Three Ages of the Interior Life, Vol. If one were allowed a quarter of an hour in a mine of rubies or diamonds, and free to carry away all stones gathered in that precious quarter of an hour, how would he spend the time? A quarter of an hour after Communion is not too long to spend in praising and thanking Our Lord for the goodness and condescension He has shown us therein. In Romans 8, St. Paul tells us that when we do not know how to pray, the Spirit helps us in praying according to the will of God. The Lord's Supper is a thanksgiving to God (eucharist). Thus our neighbours have a claim on us during the privileged time that follows Communion. H OW lovely are Thy tabernacles, O Lord of hosts! There is a web page entitled “Prayers Before and After Receiving Holy Communion” on the Catholic Faith and Reason web site, which explains that this is an area that St. Paul specifically stressed in 1 Cor. Ask, therefore, for such gifts as you require: humility, charity, purity, zeal for God’s glory, devotion to duty and so forth; grace to overcome some besetting temptation, to acquire some special virtue suitable to your present circumstances. c. Temporals blessing. I came to this web page to see if your article had suggestions on how to make a better thanksgiving after communion. Under this heading, we include, of course, the Supreme Pontiff, Our Lord’s Vicar on earth, and head of the Universal Church. We should be very ungrateful, therefore, if we failed to recommend them to God, or to beg for them the graces they need in their onerous work: think, then, of them at this moment of grace. These must not be our models. By your Holy Spirit, help us to use this gift worthily, to confess and forsake our sins, to confidently believe that we are … Spiritual graces. Adoptation Naturally, our first duty, if our faith be lively and real, will be to fall down before the sovereign Lord we have received, and offer Him our profound adoration, as to the God of all things, who has deigned to come to visit us! Father Faber writes of Holy Communion: “If ever there is a time for thanks too deep for words, it is when the Creator has been pleased to overwhelm His creature with this stupendous gift of Himself, and when He is actually within us. After leaving the Altar rails, therefore, and returning to your place in church, try and follow the advice here given and enter into yourself for a short time, communing with the heavenly Guest you have received. Over and over again the prayers of the liturgy and the norms of the General Instruction emphasize this … And also with you. Regular communion Due to a lack of ordained clergy in the early days of the church in the United States, a history of receiving the sacrament quarterly (four times per year) is the habit in some places. This is when the first crop, barley, began to be harvested and when the ewes gave birth to their lambs. ( Log Out /  M To Him, therefore, as to our God, we owe the highest form of worship we can pay to any being, that of profound adoration. The more perfectly we fulfil this first elementary duty, the more easily and thoroughly shall we do the rest. Find all the books, read about the author, and more. Tom Mulcahy, M.A. Somewhere a saint wrote that we profit more from spending time in prayer than reading books on prayer. The concluding rites include any announcements pertaining to the well-being of the parish or parish members. But never let it be true of our departed ones. Lord, Father all-powerful, and ever-living God, I thank Thee, for … Who but has many favours to ask for? Who is there that does not stand in need of Our Lord’s bountiful mercy? What has helped me the most in preparation is reminding myself as I am traveling to church that I am “going to a wedding, my wedding to Jesus”. And what of our own priest, or confessor? “Out of sight, out of mind” is a common saying, and too often a true one. Consequently how urgent is the need that the Faithful should pray for him from time to time, especially after receiving Holy Communion. We may thank Him for the grace of being members of the true Church, and thereby being placed within reach of so many helps given through the Sacraments, and especially through the one we have just received, the greatest of them all. “The minutes that follow Communion are the most precious we have in our lives.” (Saint Mary Magdalene de Pazzi) “There is no prayer more agreeable to God, or more profitable to the soul than that which is made during the thanksgiving after Communion.” (Saint Alphonsus de Ligouri) A great spiritual writer, Father Lallemant, makes mention in his classic work, The … 4. Prayers after Communion : 1: All : We thank you, Lord, that you have fed us in this sacrament, united us with Christ, and given us a foretaste of the heavenly banquet : prepared for all peoples. e. The Lord's Supper symbolizes the unity of the church in all times and places. That account is the basis of the formula we often describe as the Words of Institution. Moreover, you can attempt to stay recollected in a mode of thanksgiving even while leaving Mass and attending to external circumstances. Image: Virgin by the Host, 1852, by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (a public domain work of art in the U.S.A.). May your every moment today be overflowing with the glory, grace, goodness, and grandeur of Jesus! Doing so reminds us of the tremendous gift the Eucharist really is—a gift so great that even angels are envious of it. Who amongst us but has many needs of soul and body to supply? Perhaps all of us have had trouble with distractions in our prayer as we come to receive communion. Pray for prosperity and peace among them, for conversions, for reconciliation where needed, for health, and success in their labours, just as we pray for our own. We can take what we learned there and apply it to adoration of Jesus living inside us after Holy Communion. The Church. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Perhaps many readers have experience with Eucharistic Adoration. Any ads following this note are by WordPress and not CatholicStrength. When through the good offices of the angel Raphael, they had received such signal mercies and blessings, they knew not how sufficiently to thank God and their benefactor; words failed them, to express their gratitude, so “they lying prostrate for three hours upon their face, blessed God, and rising up they told all His wonderful works” (Tobit 12:22). The Israelites had an annual Thanksgiving Feast, as well. Pope Benedict XVI urges Catholics to “rediscover the Eucharistic form which their lives are meant to have, thus “making our lives a constant self-offering to God….” (#72). Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas. First, thanksgiving is given a prominent place in the official account of the last supper in I Corinthians 11. On the contrary, imitate rather the family of Tobias. The soul aspireth after heaven; rejoicing in the mean time, in being in the communion of God’s church upon earth. Then you may take your book, and read the prayers given by way of devotions after Communion, here again, as in your preparation, endeavouring to feel in your heart the sentiments of the words you read with your eyes. When I come forward to receive communion, this helps me to discern the bridegroom, as would be natural for a bride coming forward at her wedding. To SHARE on SOCIAL MEDIA: click on “Leave a comment” or “Comments” below (and this will bring up social media icons if they are not already present). Every true Catholic must remember his obligation to the Church of which he is a member. Thanksgiving after Communion is a spiritual practice among Christians who believe in the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist they receive during Holy Communion, maintaining themselves in prayer for some time to thank God for what they believe to be the great gift of receiving God Himself in person.. Thank you for this wondrous love. What humble deference and outward homage should we not pay to the King, did he think fit to come to the lowly home where we live. We can pray something like this, “Come Holy Spirit, fill the heart of Your servant, and kindle in me the fire of your love as I adore Jesus living inside me.” Or, “Send forth Your Spirit, that I might pray in the Spirit, offering a sacrifice of thanksgiving to my loving Father and my loving Savior.” I thank you that the punishment upon you gives me peace. We honor God by partaking of Him in this Divine Thanksgiving. What responsibilities are his! We are more intimately acquainted with them, we see and hear them often, we know their zeal and interest in our regard, and the care they take of us in many ways, both in health and in sickness. You are invited to this table of life as we join with each other and seek communion with God. By calling what we Christians “do” Eucharist (the Greek word for “thanksgiving”), we make a profound statement. Supplication, or petition. Learn about Author Central. The word "Eucharist" means "Thanksgiving." Never forget those that have gone before you, your parents or your children, your relatives or friends, those whom you may have injured in body or soul. In the first place, attend to the needs of your soul, which are many and varied. Thanksgiving is one of the four ends of the sacrifice, always united to adoration, petition, and reparation. Contrition is a second act; that is, we must declare once again our sorrow for having offended God, and renew our determination to avoid sin for the future. Amen. 362 Holy Eucharist II After supper he took the cup of wine; and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, and said, "Drink this, all of you: This is my … By examining how this title applies we can learn a lot about the sacrament. As the shepherds and the magi fell at the feet of the Divine Child in Bethlehem, so must we prostrate ourselves before the same Divine Saviour resting within us, making acts of faith in His real presence, acknowledging our nothingness before Him, and protesting our unworthiness to receive Him. According to the New Testament, the rite was instituted by Jesus Christ during the Last Supper; giving his disciples bread and wine during a Passover meal, Jesus … Friends, let us come out of the darkness and join together in the light of God’s love. b. The Saint one day, to his sorrow, noticed that a person who had just received Communion was getting up and going away. Oblation As Our Lord has just given Himself to you, so now make your offering to Him. That’s what helps me to appreciate the magnitude of the commitment of Jesus giving Himself to me in communion, or to appreciate that “It cost Jesus every drop of His blood” to give me this opportunity to receive Him. St. John says, “He took the … Thank you for your exhortation to thank the Father and to thank the Son for the gift of Jesus coming to dwell in our hearts. Saint Teresa declares that the moments immediately following Holy Communion are most precious to the soul, for then we have Our Blessed Lord within our hearts, as upon a throne, and we can there present to Him our earnest petitions, make known all our wants, and beg such graces and blessings as we stand in need of. Imitate not the lepers of whom Our Lord complained: “Were not ten made clean, and where are the nine?” (Luke 17:17). We are taught to pray not for ourselves only, but for all others. St. John Henry Newman. To LEAVE A COMMENT: click on “Leave a comment” or “Comments” below, and then scroll down to the box which says, “Leave Your Own Comment Here,” which is at the end of any comments already made. This Thanksgiving, may we move for cheesy and superficial moments of reminiscing and instead enter into the depths of true thanksgiving – communion (Eucharist) with the Saviour. Let us ask the Holy Spirit to help us discern the Body of Christ each and every time. In fact, however, this hymn is prayer, the corporate thanksgiving prayer of the members of Christ's Body, united with one another. As I have been typing this comment, it strikes me that we also need an article on preparing to receive communion. ", acquiring the habit of making a communion thanksgiving, I have seen families kneel together after Mass for a few minutes of thanksgiving, In Communion we receive a gift far superior to the miraculous cure of a physical disease, spending adequate time in thanksgiving after receiving Holy Communion, Thanksgiving after Holy Communion may repair much that is defective in our penances, the crucial importance of making an adequate thanksgiving after receiving Holy Communion. There is a traditional Anglican prayer for the congregation to say before communion, as well as short prayers for the priest or celebrant to say whilst adminstering the bread and wine. Listen to Father Garrigou-LaGrange’s advice: “A number of interior souls have told us of the sorrow they feel when they see, in certain places, almost the entire body of the faithful leave the church immediately after the end of the Mass during which they have received Holy Communion. 2. 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