Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Divine Praises

Blessed be God.
Blessed be His Holy Name.
Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true man.
Blessed be the name of Jesus.
Blessed be His most Sacred Heart.
Blessed be His most Precious Blood.
Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.
Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.
Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most holy.
Blessed be her holy and Immaculate Conception.
Blessed be her glorious Assumption.
Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.
Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.
Blessed be God in His angels and in His saints.

During the walk home from Mass today I was overcome with the generosity and love of Jesus and words seemed to well up inside, I praise you Jesus, I praise you Jesus, I thank you Jesus....  It was then that I remembered the Divine Praises.  I could not remember them as I was walking but upon returning home I quickly found them and read them aloud.  

It seemed timely to include the Divine Praises here as the month of January is traditionally dedicated to the Holy Name of Jesus. The Divine Praises usually follow the Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and are led by a priest before the Eucharist is placed back in the tabernacle.  However, these wonderful prayers can be said privately or in a group not in association with Benediction.  The Divine Praises were composed by Luigi Felici, a Jesuit priest, in 1797 and were composed to make reparation for blasphemy and profane language.  They were originally written in Italian and were later expanded by Pope Pius VII in 1801.

"In the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth and under the earth" (Phil 2:10). 

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