Novena–St. Paul, The Apostle of Love–Day 9

Day 9
Special request: Devout reception of the Eucharist.

Prayer

St. Paul you reminded the Corinthians of the reality of the Eucharist and all that it truly is. You urged them to remember that they should examine themselves carefully and then approach the reception of the body and blood of the Lord with the greatest reverence possible. Help our parishes and religious communities always come together in love. Pray that we be patient with one another and endure each other’s shortcomings. But most of all help us approach the agape meal, the Mass with a sense of awe knowing that as we eat Christ’s body we are gaining eternal life (Jn 6:47-58) and if we fail to recognize what we are doing we will be eating and drinking our own condemnation. We rely on the forgiveness of Christ that comes from the sacrament of reconciliation and also the plea for mercy that is an essential part of the Eucharistic Celebration from “Lord Have Mercy” to “Lord I am not worthy.” We trust, however, in the Lord our Savior whose word is able to heal us. In the celebration of the liturgy, St. Paul, we invite you and all the angels and the saints to join us. As we approach the altar we will remember that this great gift of the Eucharist was handed down to us through the Apostles and their successors We pray that the priests and bishops of the Church will be holy in their service to us and that all of us together will one day join with the Lamb of God and all the saints in that feast that will never end. Amen.

Our Father
Hail Mary
Glory Be

Background

St. Paul converted the Corinthians by preaching Christ Crucified. It was a large and wealthy city that was known for its promiscuous way of life. The people had indulged in every pleasure and were not satisfied. When Paul came to them preaching love they were ready to hear the Good News.

St. Paul’s Prayers and Thoughts:

1 Corinthians 11:23-34 “For I received from the Lord what I handed down to you, that on the night he was betrayed the Lord took bread and after blessing it he broke it and said, “this is my body which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me! In the same way he took the cup after he had eaten and said, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, whenever you drink it, in remembrance of me!” For whenever you eat this bread and drink this cup you proclaim the death of the Lord, until he comes.
Therefore, if anyone eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily, he’ll be answerable to the body and blood of the Lord. Each of you should first examine yourself and then eat the bread and drink from the cup, for whoever eats and drinks without recognizing the body and drinks judgment to himself. That is why so many of you are weak and ill, and considerable number have died…..”

1 Cor 13:4-7 “Love is patient, love is kind, it isn’t jealous, doesn’t boast, isn’t arrogant. Love is not dishonorable, isn’t selfish, isn’t irritable, doesn’t keep a record of past wrongs. Love doesn’t rejoice at injustice but rejoices in the truth. Love endures all things, love has complete faith and steadfast hope, love bears with everything.”

 

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