***This was originally posted in 2011. It has been edited for formating & with additional resources.***
Since Holy Thursday (the day when Christ instituted the Holy Eucharist) is usually in April, the church made April the month of the Blessed Sacrament. Holy Thursday is also the day when Jesus asked his disciples, “Could you not watch one hour with me?” (Mt 6:21) and so Thursday is the preferred day for Eucharistic Adoration. If you do not currently go to Adoration, give it a try this month. I was able to do it frequently a few years ago and loved going.
If you cannot make adoration, you could add one of these prayers after Communion if you are not already doing so:
Thanksgiving After Communion (St. Thomas Aquinas)
I give Thee thanks, O holy Lord, Father Almighty, Eternal God, that Thou hast vouchsafed, for no merit of my own, but of the mere condescension of Thy mercy, to satisfy me, a sinner and Thine unworthy servant, with the Precious Blood of Thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ. I implore Thee, let not this Holy Communion be to me an increase of guilt unto my punishment, but an availing plea unto pardon and forgiveness. Let it be to me the armor of faith and the shield of good will. Grant that it may work the extinction of my vices, the rooting out of concupiscence and lust, and the increase within me of charity and patience, of humility and obedience. Let it be my strong defense against the snares of all my enemies, visible and invisible; the stilling and the calm of all my impulses, carnal and spiritual; my indissoluble union with Thee the one and true God, and a blessed consummation at my last end. And I beseech thee that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to bring me, sinner as I am, to that ineffable banquet where Thou, with the Son and the Holy Ghost, art to Thy saints true and unfailing light, fullness and content, joy for evermore, gladness without alloy, consummate and everlasting bliss. Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Soul of Christ, be my sanctification;
Body of Christ, be my salvation;
Blood of Christ, fill all my veins;
Water of Christ’s side, wash out my stains;
Passion of Christ, my comfort be;
O good Jesu, 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.
Crafts & Activities
Here are a few of my resources for activities pertaining to the Blessed Sacrament:
Make a Monstrance @ Catholic Icing
A Crafty Chalice @ Catholic Toolbox
Jesus in the Eucharist Craft with Printable @ Catholic Inspired
Do you have anything special you do with regards to the Eucharist?