OPENING HYMN: GOD IS LOVE
EXPOSTION OF BLESSED SACRAMENT: O SAVING VICTIM
O Sacrament Most Holy, O Sacrament Divine, all praise and all thanksgiving be every moment Thine! (3 times)
Jesus, my Lord and God, I bow down in humble adoration before You. From the depths of that humility, I raise my eyes to You and, in humble supplication to Your Sacred Heart, implore Your mercy and forgiveness for my many sins. Give me the grace to spend this hour of loving reparation with all the holy dispositions You desire. Mary, dearest Mother, lend me all the love of your heart to love Jesus more and more.
Blessed Alphonse Marie, as young Elizabeth, in her search to do more and more what pleases You, she expressed her desire for more and deep union with You. Yes, this attitude is the true adoration of the Holy Sacrament. We also come to You, tonight with great desire for You. We want to give You thanks and honor, to listen to You and love You, and to ask for Your graces.
Jesus, You have called us and we cannot live our consecrated life and discern what is happening without speaking with You, without being present before You.
Reading Jn 14:33-35
My children, I will be with you only a little while longer. You will look for me, and as I told the Jews, ‘Where I go you cannot come,’ so now I say it to you. I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.
Hymn: WE REMEMBER
Blessed Alphonse Marie said, “Once when I was in the church alone, I was deeply moved by faith to love Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament that I bowed my face down to the ground. Then I sighed and prayed, ‘O Jesus, my Divine Spouse, if I only could love you as my heart desires. Help me to overcome the world, my passions and myself, and to keep Your holy will constantly before my eyes. Help me to do only what pleases you, my Divine Spouse.”
We are also moved with great desire and love for You. Now we open our hearts before You to tell You of our every happiness and every difficulty. Help us to be united with You always. Make our hearts burn with faith and love for You, present in the Eucharist.
Our Foundress, Blessed Alphonse Marie often met You in Eucharistic Adoration. She pleaded to You to “grant her the grace to contemplate Your love toward us in the Blessed Sacrament more and more”. She “greatly desired to leave the world and to give herself totally to You”. So we too desire to renew our first love toward You. Your great love toward us urges us to be here, close to You and with You, in Your presence, to contemplate You in the Blessed Sacrament.
Hymn: YOU HAVE CALLED US
Blessed Alphonse Marie moved even further, asking You, her “Divine Spouse, to be able to love You more in the Blessed Sacrament”. And You granted her desire because “from this time onward” she “felt more and more urged to love the Holy Sacrament”.
Now, dear Jesus, listen to us. We want to open our hearts to You. Listen to us, our Lord, our God, and our Spouse. We won’t talk to You with our mouth but from our hearts. You understand this very well… (Silent Adoration)
Dear Jesus, from the bottom of our hearts, we thank You for calling us to be close to You, to live with You. Thank You, Jesus, for the many graces we have received, for strength in our weakness, failure, and difficulties, for joy, happiness and zeal, for those who helped and still help us on our way of vocation and for those whom we helped in discernment for their vocations.
Dear Jesus, our hearts are restless and full of questions. As Your followers we want to talk to You, be close to You, live with You, faithfully follow You, and walk with you. We are looking for You, to be Your real disciples.
Lord Jesus, hear our prayer when we ask you for Christian families, new vocations, for young people to be open to the call of God, for a good atmosphere and confidence in the Church, our communities and parishes, for the spirit of prayer, for the living faith, patience and confidence, and for joy and faithfulness in our vocation.
Hymn: HOLY GOD, WE PRAISE THY NAME
Encouraged by the words of Holy Father Francis, “the primacy belongs to our relationship with God” and “prayer is most precious, for it nourishes a daily commitment to love”, we pray:
(Prayer for Vocations)
LORD of the Harvest,
BLESS young people with the gift of courage to respond to your call.
Open their hearts to great ideals, to great things.
INSPIRE all of your disciples to mutual love and giving—
for vocations blossom in the good soil of faithful people.
INSTILL those in religious life, parish ministries, and families with the confidence
and grace to invite others to embrace the bold and noble path of a life consecrated to you.
UNITE us to Jesus through prayer and sacraments,
so that we may cooperate with you in building your reign of mercy
and truth, of justice and peace. Amen.
— Pope Francis
Adapted from the Message on the 51st World Day
of Prayer for Vocations.
BENEDICTION HYMN: BOWING LOW
CLOSING HYMN: SALVE REGINA