Eucharistic Adoration on a Fast Day
Mary calls us to a life with bread and water and the deepest meaning of this life with bread and water is in preparation for a meeting with Jesus in the Eucharist. While the foremost meeting with Jesus should take place in Holy Communion during Holy Mass, in Mary's school, Adoration is a very important time of meeting with Him. In Her messages, Our Lady has spoken about Adoration:
"Tonight also, dear children, I am grateful to you in a special way for being here. Unceasingly adore the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. I am always present when the faithful are adoring. Special graces are then being received." (March 15, 1984)
"Dear children! Today I invite you to fall in love with the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar. Adore Him, little children, in your Parishes and in this way you will be united with the entire world. Jesus will become your friend and you will not talk of Him like someone whom you barely know. Union with Him will be a joy for you and you will become witnesses to the love of Jesus that He has for every creature. Little children, when you adore Jesus you are also close to me. Thank you for having responded to my call." (September 25, 1995)
Jesus spoke about bread and, in the end, took the bread and said, "This is My Body which will be given up for you." He took the chalice and said, "This is the cup of My Blood, . . .it will be shed for you and for all men." Everything He said about bread, including the multiplication of loaves, was in preparation for the Eucharist. Mary wants nothing else than to bring us to the Heavenly Bread by our life with bread. That is why Adoration on a fast day is a very important part of the weekly programme of fasting and those who fast, adore day and night. Experiences of those who fast confirm the importance of spending time with Jesus alone in Adoration at night.
(To begin with, if possible, a Eucharistic song is sung to calm us and to lead us into Adoration. . .)
Jesus I adore You. I believe that You are True God and True man hidden in this Consecrated Host because You said, "this is My Body given up for You." Today on this day of fasting and prayer, my day of life with bread, I want to adore You, the Heavenly Bread. I ask You to remove from me everything that still hinders me from meeting You in this Host; from meeting You, the Living and True God, Emmanuel • God, Who decided to remain with us in this simple way. At this moment, I have decided to be with You. Quieten my thoughts and feelings and direct my desires to You. Grant that I may be completely still before You.
(Remain in silence for awhile)
(If there are sufficient people, a refrain can be sung following each period of silence.)
I adore You, Jesus, the Bread of Life, and I thank You for the words, "I am the Bread of Life, whoever comes to me will never hunger, and whoever believes in me will never thirst. . . .I am the Bread that came down from Heaven. . . I am the Bread of Life ..." (cf. Jn 6,35-
(Remain in silence and continue to converse with Jesus in your own words.)
I adore You, Jesus, the Living Bread, and the Bread from Heaven. I adore You for my life and the life of the world. I thank You because You are so in love with me that You became the Bread for my life. Mary, Your Mother, calls me to fall in love with You. Today, as I live with bread, give me the grace to have my heart fall completely in love with You. Grant that from now on, You may be foremost in my thoughts, my words and in each of my actions. Give me the grace to meet others as someone who is in love with You. Then it will not be difficult for me to forgive, to love and to be merciful. I especially implore You: grant me the grace to accept the way of bread without any fear, so that like You, I can say, "this is my body for you." Grant that I may be able to say in my family, in my community, to my people and to everyone who is in need, "Here I am on the table of life for you as good bread, love, hope, mercy and forgiveness. Take me and you will experience God's love, mercy, forgiveness and goodness."
(Remain in silence and pray, permit the love of Jesus to embrace you. . .)
I adore You, Jesus, the living Bread, and I thank You for having accepted the way of the 'grain' -
(Remain in silence and offer to Jesus everything that you find in your life that is not according to God's will. Offer to Him everything that hinders you from becoming bread for others.)
I adore You, Jesus and I thank You for not having given in to Satan when You fasted in the desert. While You fasted, Satan came to You and said, "If You are truly the Son of God, command that these stones become loaves of bread." Jesus, You said in reply,
I offer to You this day of a life with bread in prayer to free my heart from every greed and every addiction to material things. Free my heart from disproportionate eating and drinking so that, in the freedom of my heart, in each situation, I may comprehend that I do not only live on bread and material things. Grant that I may resist temptation and can begin to live on, and be nurtured by, the Word of God.
I offer to You this day of a life with bread in prayer also for all those who have forgotten that Your Word is as necessary for life as food is. I offer it for those who have permitted greed and covetousness to rule over their hearts; those continually provoking conflict and causing disorder; those behaving unjustly and obtaining material goods unfairly.
I offer this day of a life with bread in prayer for all those who are rich and have given their lives completely over to material things: to pleasures, debauchery, unrestraint and extravagance. They take advantage of those who work for them and refuse to share with their poor brothers. Grant that each one of us may say, "I do not live on bread alone. I also need the Word of God." Grant that we may live in this way.
(In silence, offer to Lord all of your addictions and everything that causes you anguished concern. Offer to Him all of insatiability among people and pray.)
I adore You, Jesus, the Living Bread, and I thank You, because in Your fasting and prayer in the desert, You have shown Your complete obedience to Your Father. You refused to put Him to the test. Satan, the tempter, led You to the Holy city, placed You on the parapet of the temple and said, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written, He will command His angels concerning You and 'with their hands they will support You, lest You dash Your foot against a stone.' ' Thank You for Your answer,
I offer this day of a life with bread in prayer to You in reparation for all of the situations in my life in which I did not surrender to the Will of the Father; when my pride, selfishness, resistance and fear of His Will led me on the wrong paths -
Surrending to the Will of the Father, I offer to You, Jesus, all those who have reached the pinnacles of their pride, selfishness and godlessness; those who despise You and everyone around them. I also offer to You all those who have descended to the depths of human evil and sin; those who are destroying themselves and living a life unworthy of man, a child of God. Give them the strength not to test the Lord of Lords, but to serve Him devoutly.
(Again pause in silence and tell Jesus about your personal situation. Abandon your heart to Him and offer to Him all those around you. Pray for them.)
I adore You, Jesus and I thank You for having loved the Father so much as to abandon Yourself to Him. You confirmed this abandonment in Your response to the third temptation of Satan, the tempter, during Your fasting and prayer in the desert. Taking You to a very high mountain and showing You all the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence he said to You, "All these I shall give to you, if you prostrate Yourself and worship me." Thank You for your disposition and Your answer,
I offer to You this day of a life with bread in prayer for You to purify my heart, so that, together with the Father, in the Holy Spirit, You may occupy the first place in my heart. Today I decide completely for You, together with the Father in the Holy Spirit. I renounce all false gods that I have ever adored and I renounce all things to which I have often resigned my heart. You are my God and Master. I renounce everything of this world and, in Your name, I say to Satan, in Your words, "Be gone, Satan from my thoughts, feelings, decisions and behaviour. In the name of Jesus, my Lord, to whom I now give the first place in my life, I renounce you Satan and all your works and all of your deceptions. With all my heart, I want to love the Lord and to adore Him alone."
(Remain in silence in the Lord. In The Name Of Jesus, concretely renounce everything that is now in the first place in your thoughts, words and actions instead of Him.)
Jesus, I also offer my family to You (name each member of your family.) By the power of fasting and prayer, give them the strength to renounce Satan and all his works, so that, in freedom of heart, they can love You and fully serve You.
I offer to You, Jesus, all those responsible in the Church and in the world; all those who have come to worship the authority of this world and its extravagance and wealth. I offer to You all those who have chosen Satan and adore and serve him; all those who are obsessed by Satan; those who are involved in occult and spiritism; all Freemasons and all Satanic sects. Jesus, You are the Lord. By the power and authority given to You by the Father, cast out Satan and free each individual from his influence; free the Church, the world and all nature of him. Grant that all may submit to the Father through You, in the Holy Spirit. Grant that every generation may worship the Father through You, in the Holy Spirit, and that every tongue may joyfully proclaim, "Glory to You, Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in the Holy Spirit!"
(Remain in silence and, in a concrete way, pray for everyone you know; for all the Heads of the Church, for all politicians and for all those who hold positions of responsibility.)
Prayer for blessing:
Jesus, truly alive in this Host, I thank You for Your Presence. Bless me and secure me on the way of peace. Grant me the grace to live from You, the Bread of Life, so that I myself may become a bread of goodness, love and mercy for others. Thank You for Your love for the sick and disabled. Heal my soul and my body. Heal all the sick and helpless. Especially, on this day of a life with bread, I ask You for a spiritual healing for all people: heal our faith, love and hope. Be in the first place in each heart!
Jesus, bless all families, communities, the Church and the world so that, together, we may become a people who not only live from the material bread but from each Word that comes from Your mouth. Free the world from Satan and his works that we may live in peace. Let it be so! Amen.