Feast of the Eucharistic Heart of Jesus
Instituted by Benedict XV 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.
PRAYER TO THE EUCHARISTIC HEART OF JESUS
O Eucharistic Heart, sovereign Love of our Lord Jesus, Thou hast instituted the Blessed Sacrament in order to dwell here below with us and to give to our souls Thy Flesh as food and Thy Blood as heavenly drink. We confidently trust, O Lord Jesus, in the supreme Love which instituted the most holy Eucharist; it is just that we should adore, confess, and exalt this love, as the great storehouse of the life of Thy Church.Engrave deeply our souls the firm determination to respond faithfully to this invitation. Give us devotion and reverence whereby we may be able to honor and worthily receive the gift of Thy supreme love, and of Thine Eucharistic Heart. Grant that we may thus be able, with Thy grace, to celebrate profitably the remembrance of Thy Passion, to make reparation for our offenses and our coldness, to nourish and increase our love for Thee, and to keep ever living within our hearts this seed of a blessed immortality. Amen.