Venerable Pope Pius XII (1939 to 1958)
Quotes On The Importance Of Eucharistic Adoration
April 26, 1935 - Cardinal Pacelli
(before becoming Pope) Speech In Lourdes, FR
"The Sacred Heart of Jesus clearly revealed to St.
Margaret Mary Alacoque the overwhelming sadness caused to him by the
ingratitude of those who are consecrated to him most intimately. Let us ask
him in earnest prayer to have pity on them at last. May those Eucharistic
days, devoted to perpetual adoration, be also days of expiation and ardent
prayer for sacrilegious priests!"
Nov. 20, 1947 - "Mediator Dei (On The
Sacred Liturgy)" Encyclical
"There has been a deeper grasp by the Church of every
aspect of the mystery of the Eucharist. But one that merits special
attention is the growing realization, not only of Christ's sacrificial
oblation in the Mass, but of His grace-filled presence outside of Mass."
"The key to seeing why there should be a Eucharistic
worship distinct from the Mass is that the Eucharist is Jesus Christ. No
less than His contemporaries in Palestine adored and implored Him for the
favors they needed, so we should praise, thank Him, and implore Him for what
"The Church in the course of centuries has introduced
various forms of Eucharistic worship including adoration of the Blessed
Sacrament publicly exposed. To be stressed is that this is not a merely
passing devotional practice. It is founded on divinely revealed truth."
"The Sacred Councils teach that it is the Church's
tradition, right from the beginning, to worship "with the same adoration the
Word Incarnate as well as His own flesh,"... It is on this doctrinal basis
that the cult of adoring the Eucharist was founded and gradually developed
as something distinct from the sacrifice of the Mass. The reservation of the
sacred species for the sick and those in danger of death introduced the
praiseworthy custom of adoring the blessed Sacrament which is reserved in
our churches. This practice of adoration, in fact, is based on strong and
solid reasons. For the Eucharist is at once a sacrifice and a sacrament; but
it differs from the other sacraments in that it not only produces grace, but
contains in a permanent manner the Author of Grace Himself."
"When the Church bids us to adore Christ hidden
behind the Eucharistic veils and to pray to Him for spiritual and temporal
favors...she manifests faith in her divine Spouse who is present beneath
these veils, she professes her gratitude to Him, and she enjoys the intimacy
of His friendship."
May 31, 1953 - Allocution
"The Blessed Eucharist is for Its adorers an inexhaustible source of light
and strength. Those who, especially in the silent hours of the night, gather
together in adoration with the Angels and render to the Lamb, who was
immolated, the thanksgiving due to Him, draw abundantly for themselves and
for all the Church waters from the fountains of the Savior."
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