Holy Thursday or Maundy Thursday, the day on which we celebrate the institution of the Mass, the priesthood, and the Sacrament of Holy Communion, is just nine days away. So it seems appropriate to commemorate the Eucharist in our novena of the week. I've chosen a very moving prayer by Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, at whose beatification Pope Benedict XVI presided on September 19, 2010.
An Offering of Oneself to Christ in the Eucharist is a fervent prayer to unite ourselves to Christ and a recognition that we belong to Him by His sacrifice for our sake. If you can, say this after receiving Communion or in front of the tabernacle; otherwise, offer this prayer to unite yourself with the intentions of all the Masses being offered throughout the world each day.
If you have a favorite novena that you'd like me to choose as Novena of the Week, or if you'd like me to suggest a novena for a particular intention, send me an e-mail, and I'll work it into the rotation.
(Bishop Thomas Doran elevates the Host at the consecration during the 125th anniversary Mass at Saint Mary's Oratory, Rockford, Illinois, December 5, 2010. Photo © Scott P. Richert)