St. Mary Frances Of The
Five Wounds (1715 - 1791)
member of the Third Order Of St. Francis
St. Mary Frances had
such a great love and devotion for the Blessed Sacrament that almost every
time she adored the Holy Eucharist she fell into ecstasy. She would seek out
churches where Forty-Hours was being celebrated and would spend entire
nights in adoration. Later on in life she committed to visiting the Blessed
Sacrament thirty three times a day in honor of our Lord's thirty three years
of life on earth. While we cannot hope to do all St. Mary Frances did we can
at least follow her footsteps and volunteer to cover one specific Holy Hour
a week at the Eucharistic Adoration program at our local church.
St. Benedict Joseph Labre (1748 to
He was called "The Beggar Of Perpetual
Sought out by people of his time for spiritual
direction, he was a homeless beggar who spent hours in ecstasy before the
Blessed Sacrament in St. Peter’s and other churches of Rome.
St. Paul Of The Cross (1694 to 1775)
Founder of the Passionists and great Mystic of the 18th Century
"Let weak and frail man come here suppliantly to adore the Sacrament of
Christ, not to discuss high things, or wish to penetrate difficulties, but
to bow down to secret things in humble veneration, and to abandon God's
mysteries to God, for Truth deceives no man—Almighty God can do all things.
"Visit the Blessed Sacrament often; there is your true life."
"Be special adorers of the Divine and Blessed Sacrament of the Altar,
which is the heavenly food of the soaring eagles, that is, of the souls
advanced in holiness…and thank Him unceasingly for having left us such an
"Above all else, I rejoice in the Lord that you
may often find yourself plunged and immersed in the Sacred Passion of Jesus
and in the great furnace of His Eucharistic Presence, that here you may
drink torrents of burning love and be adorned with the treasures of divine
grace and virtue."
Pope Clement XIII (1758 to 1769)
Eucharistic Adoration and made rules for Forty Hours
XIII promoted Eucharistic Adoration and published specific rules for the
proper adoration at a Forty-Hours devotion (continues Eucharistic Adoration
for Forty hours):
1) The Blessed Sacrament is always exposed on the high
Altar, except in patriarchal Basilicas.
2) Statues, relics and pictures
around the Altar of Exposition are to be removed or veiled.
Clerics in surplices may take care of the Altar of Exposition.
must be continuous relays of worshippers before the Blessed Sacrament and
should include a Priest or Cleric in major orders.
5) No Masses are to be
said at the Altar of Exposition.
St. Gerard Majella (1726 to 1755)
Patron Saint of Expectant Mothers
"What great strength souls
receive who lovingly visit Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Let’s all go see
Jesus, Our Prisoner of Love. Suffer only for God and your sufferings will
bring you heaven on earth."
St. Leonard Of Port Maurice (1670
Franciscan Priest and aesthetic
St. Leonard, upon arriving at any church, would always go
visit the Blessed Sacrament before doing anything else. He preached and
practiced devotion to the Holy Eucharist, in ones spiritual life, as the
main means of resisting mortal sin. One thing that was closest to his heart
was the introduction of Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration of which he
succeeded in 130 parishes during his lifetime. Preaching about the necessity
of conversion St. Leonard urged people to go before the Blessed Sacrament :
"Brothers, at the feet of Our Lord, let us protest that we want to save our
soul, cost what it may. Let us all say to Him with tearful eyes, 'Good
Jesus, I want to save my soul,' O blessed tears, O blessed sighs!".
"Adoration: The first obligation by which we are bound toward God is to
honor Him. It is indeed a precept of the natural law itself that every
inferior owes homage to his superior, and by so much the higher the
superiority, so much the deeper the homage that should be offered."
"And He who resides on the throne of His greatness, He it is that must needs
descend to lay himself a Victim on our altars, in order that the homage
rendered may perfectly correspond to the eminence of that infinite Majesty."
Peter Vigne (1655 to 1729)
French Priest and
founder of the Sisters Of The Blessed Sacrament
so ardently loved, would that you were known everywhere, so that the world
would glorify you, who wish to remain hidden under the appearance of bread
and wine until the end of time."
"Lord, give me a love which is ever
eager to live as you would have me live. May I always wish to glorify you
and never forget your Presence."
St. Thomas Of Cori (1655 to 1729)
Priest known as the Apostle Of Sublacense Italy
administer the sacraments and work miracles
St. John Baptist de la Salle (1651
Founder of the Institute Of The
Brothers Of The Christian Schools
St. Louis De Montfort (1673 to 1716)
French Priest and a candidate to become a Doctor Of The Church
St. Louis De Montfort considered Eucharistic Adoration after Mass so
important, in thanksgiving for the graces and blessings, that he use to say,
"I would not give up this hour of thanksgiving even for an hour of