Venerable Pope Pius XII (1939 to 1958)
Quotes On The Importance Of Eucharistic Adoration
April 26, 1935 - Cardinal Pacelli (before
he became Pope Pius XII) Speech In Lourdes France
"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
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 we need."
"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.
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."
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."
Pius XI Eucharistic Adoration Quotes
John XXIII Eucharistic Adoration Quotes