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April - The Month of the Holy Eucharist

The month of April is traditionally dedicated to devotion to Jesus in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist. The Catholic Church teaches that the Blessed Sacrament is the real and living presence of Christ—His Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity—received into our souls with every reception of Holy Communion. Our Eucharistic Lord is the source and summit of our Christian life, the ultimate proof of His infinite love for us.


Litany of the Holy Eucharist

Lord, have mercy Lord, have mercy
Christ, have mercy Christ, have mercy
Lord, have mercy Lord, have mercy

Jesus, the Most High, have mercy on us
Jesus, the holy One, have mercy on us
Jesus, Word of God, have mercy on us
Jesus, only Son of the Father, have mercy on us
Jesus, Son of Mary, have mercy on us
Jesus, crucified for us, have mercy on us
Jesus, risen from the dead, have mercy on us
Jesus, reigning in glory, have mercy on us
Jesus, coming in glory, have mercy on us
Jesus, our Lord, have mercy on us
Jesus, our hope, have mercy on us
Jesus, our peace, have mercy on us
Jesus, our Savior, have mercy on us
Jesus, our salvation, have mercy on us
Jesus, our resurrection, have mercy on us
Jesus, Judge of all, have mercy on us
Jesus, Lord of the Church, have mercy on us
Jesus, Lord of creation, have mercy on us
Jesus, Lover of all have mercy on us
Jesus, life of the world have mercy on us
Jesus, freedom for the imprisoned have mercy on us
Jesus, joy of the sorrowing have mercy on us
Jesus, giver of the Spirit have mercy on us
Jesus, giver of good gifts have mercy on us
Jesus, source of new life have mercy on us
Jesus, Lord of life have mercy on us
Jesus, eternal high priest have mercy on us
Jesus, priest and victim have mercy on us
Jesus, true Shepherd have mercy on us
Jesus, true Light have mercy on us
Jesus, bread of heaven have mercy on us
Jesus, bread of life have mercy on us
Jesus, bread of thanksgiving have mercy on us
Jesus, life-giving bread have mercy on us
Jesus, holy manna have mercy on us
Jesus, new covenant have mercy on us
Jesus, food for everlasting life have mercy on us
Jesus, food for our journey have mercy on us
Jesus, holy banquet have mercy on us
Jesus, true sacrifice have mercy on us
Jesus, perfect sacrifice have mercy on us
Jesus, eternal sacrifice have mercy on us
Jesus, divine Victim have mercy on us
Jesus, Mediator of the new covenant have mercy on us
Jesus, mystery of the altar have mercy on us
Jesus, medicine of immortality have mercy on us
Jesus, pledge of eternal glory have mercy on us
 
Jesus, Lamb of God,
     you take away the sins of the world have mercy on us
Jesus, Bearer of our sins,
     you take away the sins of the world have mercy on us
Jesus, Redeemer of the world,
     you take away the sins of the world have mercy on us

Christ, hear us Christ, hear us
Christ, graciously hear us Christ, graciously hear us
Lord Jesus, hear our prayer Lord Jesus, hear our prayer.

Let us pray:

Lord our God, in this great sacrament we come into the presence of Jesus Christ, your Son, born of the Virgin Mary and crucified for our salvation. May we who declare our faith in this fountain of love and mercy drink from it the water of everlasting life. We ask this through Christ our Lord.

Amen.

Prayer Intention of the Holy Father for April, 2018

Universal: For Those who have Responsibility in Economic Matters

That economists may have the courage to reject any economy of exclusion and know how to open new paths.


 

April

The derivation of the name is unknown, though as far back as Varro we find the traditional etymology: omnia aperit, "it opens every thing," which is supported by comparison with the modern Greek use of the word "opening" for Spring; while some would make out a connection with Aprodite, and Grimm suggests the name of a hypothetical God or hero, Aper or Aprus.  Among the Romans this month was sacred to Venus.

The name of this month is derived from the Greek word for “opening.”  In many countries of Europe, the first of April has for long been appropriated to a facetious custom for which no satisfactory origin has been assigned.  To send an ignorant or unsuspecting person on a bootless errand is the great endeavor of the day.  In England such an one is designated “April fool.”  In Scotland he is said to be “hunting the gowk,” while in France he is called “poisson d’Avril” or April fish.

April 1: All Fools’ Day
April 23: St. George’s Day
April 24: St. Mark’s Eve.

Mottos:

“April weather, rain and sunshine both together.”
“When April blows his horn tis good for both hay and corn.”
“An April flood carries away the frog and his brood.”

“When daisies red and violets blue
And ladie’s smocks all silver white
And cuckoo buds of yellow hue
Do paint the meadows with delight.”

 

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