Early Century Saints
Quotes On The Importance Of Eucharistic Adoration

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St. Thomas Beckett (1118 to 1170)
Martyr and Archbishop of Canterbury England
St. Thomas Beckett, in his writings, indicates he was often in adoration before the Most Blessed Sacrament: "If you do not harken to me who have been wont to pray for you in an abundance of tears and with groanings not a few before the Majesty of the Body of Christ".

St. Anselm (1033 to 1109)
Doctor Of The Church and Archbishop of Canterbury England
"I adore and venerate you as much as ever I can, though my love is so cold, my devotion so poor. Thank you for the good gift of this your holy Body and Blood."

St. Pope Gregory VII (1073 to 1085)
One of the greatest Popes, he began a Eucharistic Renaissance
His teachings on the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist, in response to Berengarius, made Church history and began a Eucharistic Renaissance in the Church which included Eucharistic Adoration. His teaching was so great that it was quoted verbatim in Pope Paul VI’s 1965 Encyclical “Mysterium Fedei”.

St. Romuald (951 to 1027)
Founder of the Camaldolese Order
"Realize above all that you are in God's presence.  Empty yourself completely and sit waiting, content with the grace of God, like a chick that tastes nothing and eats nothing except what its mother gives it."

St. Wenceslaus (907 to 935)
King of Poland and Bohemia
Are we to busy to commit to covering an hour of adoration a week? We should take the example of the saints, such as St. Wenceslaus, who, despite being King found time to visit the most Blessed Sacrament every day.

Bl. Rabanus Maurus Magnentius (780 to 856)
Archbishop of Mainz (Germany), Benedictine Monk and a Theologian
"Those who are negligent in contemplation, deprive themselves of the vision of God's light; then those who let themselves be indiscreetly invaded by worries and allow their thoughts to be overwhelmed by the tumult of worldly things condemn themselves to the absolute impossibility of penetrating the secrets of the invisible God."

St. Ildephonsus (607 to 657)
Archbishop of Toledo in Spain
"O Jesus, here present in the Holy Eucharist, Thy Heart is all aglow with love for me! Thou dost call me, Thou dost urge me to come to Thee."

St. Victorian Of Asan (? to 558)
Founder of many Monasteries and Hospices in Italy
St. Victorian had a great devotion to the Eucharist and spent many hours in Eucharistic Adoration outside of Mass as was reflected in the biography of St. Victorian: "In this (chapel), more frequently and fervently, (St. Victorian daily) poured forth his prayers before that indescribably Sacrament of Divine Goodness, and commended to God the health of the whole Church."

St. Maximus Of Turin (380 to 465)
Bishop of Turin Italy and a Theological writer
"At Christmas he was born a man; today he is reborn sacramentally. Then he was born from the Virgin; today he is born in mystery. When he was born a man, his mother Mary held him close to her heart; when he is born in mystery, God the Father embraces him with his voice when he says: This is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased: listen to him. The mother caresses the tender baby on her lap; the Father serves his Son by his loving testimony. The mother holds the child for the Magi to adore; the Father reveals that his Son is to be worshiped by all the nations."

St. Pope Leo 1 (The Great) (400 to 461)
Doctor Of The Church, Pope from 440 to 461
"Let us be glad in the Lord, dearly-beloved, and rejoice with spiritual joy that there has dawned for us the day of ever-new redemption, of ancient preparation of eternal bliss. For as the year rolls round, there recurs for us the commemoration of our salvation, which promised from the beginning, accomplished in the fullness of time will endure for ever; on which we are bound with hearts up-lifted to adore the divine mystery: so that what is the effect of God’s great gift may be celebrated by the Church’s great rejoicings."..."That power then, that wisdom, that majesty is to be adored which created the universe out of nothing, and framed by His almighty methods the substance of the earth and sky into what forms and dimensions He willed. Sun, moon, and stars may be most useful to us, most fair to look upon; but only if we render thanks to their Maker for them and worship God who made them, not the creation which does Him service."

St. Peter Chrysologus (406 to 450)
Doctor Of The Church and Bishop of Ravenna Italy
The greatest reason to sign up and cover a particular hour of Eucharistic Adoration is because our Lord has come down from heaven to be present to us in the Eucharist. As St. Chrysologus said: "He is The Bread sown in the virgin, leavened in the Flesh, molded in His Passion, baked in the furnace of the Sepulchre, placed in the Churches, and set upon the Altars, which daily supplies Heavenly Food to the faithful."

St. Cyril Of Alexandria (376 to 444)
Doctor Of The Church and Bishop of Alexandria Egypt
Coming before the Most Blessed Sacrament in Eucharistic Adoration enlightens us to our many faults and heals them. Speaking specifically of the sin of pride St. Cyril of Alexandria stated: "If the power of pride is swelling up in you, turn to the Eucharist; and that Bread, Which is your God humbling and disguising Himself, will teach you humility."

St. Augustine (354 to 430)
Doctor Of The Church and Bishop of Hippo Africa
"It is our duty to adore the Blessed Sacrament. No one receives the Blessed Sacrament unless he adores it...and not only do we not sin by adoring, we do sin by not adoring."

"To fall in love with God is the greatest of all romances; to seek Him, the greatest adventure; to find Him, the greatest human achievement."

St. John Chrysostom (344 to 407)
Doctor Of The Church and Archbishop of Constantinople
"What excuse shall we have, or how shall we obtain pardon, if we consider it too much to go to Jesus in the Eucharist, who descended from Heaven for our sake?"

"This Fountain [of the Holy Eucharist] is a fountain of light, shedding abundant rays of truth. And beside it the angelic powers from on high have taken their stand, gazing on the beauty of its streams, since they perceive more clearly than we the power of what lies before us and its unapproachable dazzling rays."

"The wise men adored this body when it lay in the manger;…they prostrated themselves before it in fear and trembling….Now you behold the same body that the wise men adored in the manger, lying upon the altar;…you also know its power."

"How many of you say: I should like to see His face, His garments, His shoes. You do see Him, you touch Him, you eat Him. He gives Himself to you, not only that you may see Him, but also to be your food and nourishment."

"When you see (the Most Blessed Sacrament) exposed, say to yourself: 'Thanks to this Body, I am no longer dust and ashes, I am no more a captive but a freeman: hence I hope to obtain heaven and the good things that are there in store for me... eternal life, the heritage of the angels, companionship with Christ; death has not destroyed this Body which was pierced by nails and scourged, . . . this is that Body which was once covered with blood, pierced by a lance, from which issued saving fountains upon the world, one of blood and the other of water. . . This Body He gave to us to keep and eat, as a mark of His intense love'."

Alexander Akimites and The Sleepless Ones (400)
Also known as the Acoematae
The Acoematae were a group of 300 to 400 Monks (sometimes thousands in one place), with many monasteries, that dedicated themselves to giving prayer and praise to God on a 24hour/7day a week basis as early as 400 A.D.. Their influence on today's Christian life is considerable. The splendor of their religious services largely contributed to shape our liturgy. Our modern Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration programs are a remnant of them.

St. Gregory Of Nyssa (335 to 394)
Cappadocian Father Of The Church and Bishop of Nyssa Turkey
Do we believe in the Real Presence strongly enough to volunteer to cover a specific hour of Eucharistic Adoration? All of the early Church Fathers believed strongly in this Real Presence, of the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, including St. Gregory of Nyssa who wrote: "He offered Himself for us, Victim and Sacrifice, and Priest as well, and 'Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.' When did He do this? When He made His own Body food and His own Blood drink for His disciples; for this much is clear enough to anyone, that a sheep cannot be eaten by a man unless its being eaten be preceded by its being slaughtered. This giving of His own Body to His disciples for eating clearly indicates that the sacrifice of the Lamb has now been completed."

St. Macarius The Great (300 to 391)
Egyptian Monk and Hermit
"(Jesus) said: 'This is my Body'; therefore the Eucharist is not the figure of his Body and Blood, as some have said, talking nonsense in their stupid minds, but it is in very truth the Blood and Body of Christ."

St. Gregory Nazienzen (329 to 389)
Doctor Of The Church and Archbishop of Constantinople
"Let us remain in adoration and to Him, who, in order to save us, humbled Himself to such a degree of poverty as to receive our body, let us offer not only incense, gold and myrrh, the first as God, the second as king, and the third as one who sought death for our sake, but also spiritual gifts more sublime than those which can be seen with the eyes."

St. Monica (322 to 387)
Widow and Mother of St. Augustine
Do we wish to convert our children? We should follow the example of Saints such as St. Monica who, besides attending daily Mass, would also visit the Blessed Sacrament twice a day praying for her worldly child. Her prayers definitely worked, as today we know her child as St. Augustine.

St. Cyril Of Jerusalem (315 to 386)
Doctor Of The Church and Bishop of Jerusalem
Our Saints strong belief in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar led them to adoration of the Eucharist. St. Cyril of Jerusalem wrote: "Do not, therefore, regard the Bread and the Wine as simply that; for they are, according to the Master's declaration, the Body and Blood of Christ. Even the senses suggest to you the other, let faith make you firm..... Having learned these things, and being fully convinced that the apparent Bread is not bread, even though it is sensible to the taste, but the Body of Christ; and that the apparent Wine is not wine, even though the taste would have it so,...."

St. Basil The Great (330 to 379)
Doctor Of The Church and Bishop of Caesarea Mazaca in Turkey
"We should not accept in silence the benefactions of God, but return thanks for them."

"Eternal Son of the living God, Whom I here acknowledge really present! I adore Thee with all the powers of my soul. Prostrate with the Angels in the most profound reverence, I love Thee, O my Saviour, Whom I now behold on the throne of Thy love! O dread Majesty, O infinite Mercy! Save me, forgive me! Grant that I may never more be separated from Thee."

St. Epherem Of Syria (306 to 373)
Doctor Of The Church and Theologian
"Go with Him, as His inseparable companion, to the wedding feast of Cana, and drink of the wine of His blessing. Let you have ever before you the Face of the Lord, and look upon His beauty, and let your earnest gaze turn nowhere away from His most sweet countenance. Go before Him into a desert place and see the wonder of His works, where He multiplied in His own Holy Hands the bread that sufficed the great multitude. Go, my brother, go forward, and with all the love of your soul follow Christ wherever He may go… And lovingly behold Him as taking bread into His hands, He blesses it, and breaks it, as the outward form of His own Immaculate Body; and the chalice which He blessed as the outward form of His Precious Blood, and gave to His Disciples; and be you also a partaker of His sacraments."

St. Hilary of Poitiers (315 to 367)
Doctor Of The Church and Bishop of Poitiers France
"All the powers of the universe bow down in (Eucharistic) adoration and praise, and with a thousand voices exalt Thine infinite Majesty, which fills both Heaven and earth. Christian people, let us unite our voices with theirs..."

St. Ambrose (315 to 367)
Doctor Of The Church and Bishop of Milan Italy
The "Oblationaires" of St. Ambrose were pioneers of Eucharistic Adoration outside of Mass. These were a group of 10 poor men and 10 poor women who, on feast days, would also bring the people's oblation of bread and wine to the altar at the offertory at Mass.

"Let your door stand open to receive Him, unlock your soul to Him, offer Him a welcome in your mind, and then you will see the riches of simplicity, the treasures of peace, the joy of grace. Throw wide the gate of your heart, stand before the sun of the everlasting light."

"The angels adore not only the divinity of Christ, but also the footstool of His feet. ... Or if they deny that in Christ also the mysteries of the incarnation are to be adored, in which the very marks of His deity are seen and where we note the sure paths of the heavenly Logos, they should read that the apostles also adored Him when He rose in the glory of His flesh (Luke 24:52). ... The prophet says (Ps. 99:5) that the earth which the Lord Jesus took upon himself, when he took on flesh, should be adored. Therefore by “footstool” we understand the earth, and by this earth we understand the flesh, which we today also adore in the mysteries and which the apostles adored in the Lord Jesus, as we have said above."

St. Methodius Of Olympus (? to 311)
Martyr, Bishop of Olympus, and Thelogian
"You Yourself, O Christ are my all. For you I keep myself chaste, and holding aloft my shining lamp I run to meet You, my Spouse."

St. Cyprian of Carthage (? to 258)
Bishop of Carthage Africa and important early Christian writer
"If He who was without sin prayed, how much more ought sinners to pray?"

St. Irenaeus (120/140 to 200/203)
Martyr, Bishop of Lugdunum Gaul (Lyon France), and Theologian
Do we believe in the Real Presence strongly enough to volunteer to cover a specific hour of Eucharistic Adoration? All of the early Church Fathers believed strongly in this Real Presence, of the Blessed Sacrament of the Altar, including St. Irenaeus who wrote: "For as the bread from the earth, receiving the invocation of God, is no longer common bread but the Eucharist, consisting of two elements, earthly and heavenly, so also are our bodies, when they receive the Eucharist, are no longer corruptible but have the hope of resurrection into eternity."

St. Justin Martyr (103 to 165)
Martyr and Catholic Apologist
The belief in the Real Presence in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the altar was evident from the earliest writings of the Church Fathers such as St. Justin Martyr who wrote: "For not as common bread nor common drink do we receive these; but since Jesus Christ our Savior was made incarnate by the word of God and had both flesh and blood for our salvation, so too, as we have been taught, the food which has been made into the Eucharist by the Eucharistic Prayer set down by Him, and by the change of which our blood and flesh is nourished, is both the Flesh and the Blood of that incarnated Jesus." Belief in the Real Presence is the whole reason the practice of Eucharistic Adoration developed throughout the history of the Church and the reason we should signup to cover a specific hour of Eucharistic Adoration.

"We adore and love the Word born of the unbegotten and ineffable God since He became man for our sake, so that having become a partaker of our sufferings He might provide a remedy for them."

St. Ignatius Of Antioch (35 to 108)
Martyr, Church Father, and Bishop of Antioch
The biggest reason we volunteer to cover a specific hour of Eucharistic Adoration is that the Divine Physician has come down from heaven to shower us with His graces and heal us. As St. Ignatius of Antioch said: "There is one Physician who is possessed both of flesh and spirit; both made and not made; God existing in flesh; true life in death; both of Mary and of God; first passible and then impassible, even Jesus Christ our Lord."
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