The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus

On 9 November 1921, Pope Benedict XV instituted the feast of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus to be celebrated on the Thursday within the Octave of the Sacred Heart with a Proper Mass and Office. The feast continues to be celebrated in some places and by some communities, notably by the Redemptorists who maintain it in their Proper Calendar. In instituting the feast, Pope Benedict XV wrote:

The chief reason of this feast is to commemorate the love of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the mystery of the Eucharist. By this means the Church wishes more and more to excite the faithful to approach this sacred mystery with confidence, and to inflame their hearts with that divine charity which consumed the Sacred Heart of Jesus when in His infinite love He instituted the Most Holy Eucharist, wherein the Divine Heart guards and loves them by living with them, as they live and abide in Him. For in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist He offers and gives Himself to us as victim, companion, nourishment, viaticum, and pledge of our future glory.

Even to the Consummation of the World

The adorable mystery of the Eucharist sums up, contains, and communicates to us the entire mystery of Christ: His incarnation, life, passion, death, resurrection, and ascension, and outpouring of the Holy Spirit. If you seek the open Side of the glorious ascended Christ, you will find it in the Eucharist. If you seek the pierced Heart of Christ, beating with love for the Father and with mercy for sinners, you will find it in the Eucharist. The Communion Antiphon of the Mass of the feast is meant to be repeated and treasured. It is, at once, a promise and an invitation: “Behold I am with you all days, even to the consummation of the world” (Mt 28:20).


May the Heart of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament be praised, adored and loved with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the tabernacles of the world, even to the end of time. Amen.

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3 Responses to The Eucharistic Heart of Jesus

  1. Kerberos says:

    Is there not just a possibility that there is a surfeit of specialised feasts ? The Feast of the Sacred Heart is intelligible enough. It has its own theology & doctrinal connections, none of which are very arcane – even less so, after “Haurietis Aquas”. But this feast seems to be little more than a doublet of it, that serves no obvious purpose. The Eucharist has its associations and inter-connections, as does the Sacred Heart: why combine them ?

    The proliferation of feasts – inceased by those which are rather like others – threatens to swamp the Calendar. If all days turn into feast-days, what with octaves, vigils, novenas & so on, then no day is of great importance: a tendency & result at which the Savoy Operas of Gilbert and Sullivan poked fun 130 years ago. It would be almost Gilbertian, but also rather sad, if an over-abundance of “special” days had the effect of leaving no days special, but made all of them tedious. Over-egging the pudding is bad when food is being prepared – and no wiser or more beneficial in religion.

    OTOH, a feast that could definitely do with a shot in the arm is the Feast of Jesus Christ, Universal King. The unrevised form of it would be exactly right for a Church that is concerned with issues of the righteousness & peace of the Reign of God, and that seeks to make this Reign known and effective throughout the world.


  2. .
    Toad tentatively agrees with Kerberos. When every day is Christmas, (as it is for Toad) the pleasure of receiving presents is diminished considerably.
    It seems to him to be part of a much larger issue, that of the proliferation, not only of feast days, but of a vast, gilded, panopoly that is modern Catholicism, with its well-fed bishops enjoying their splendid palaces and cathedrals stuffed with priceless artwork – all enormously removed from 13 penniless, homeless, young men, wandering around preaching upsetting ideas and geting killed for their trouble.

    But then, K seems all set to add, or inflate, yet another feast…Christ the King.


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