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Contemplative Notes

Contemplative Notes

 


Posted,  June 22, 2017

The Prayer at Liturgy for the Feast of Corpus Christi:

 

The Prayer at Liturgy for the Feast of Corpus Christi:

 

O God, Lord Jesus in your divinity,

You left a memorial of your passion under the marvelous sacrament-signs of the Holy Eucharist,

Give, we ask of you,

That we may so venerate and adore the sacred mysteries of your Body and Blood,

That we may experience always the fruit of your redemption within us

Lord Jesus, who live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, One God, forever and ever.

Amen.

 

And the “fruit of your redemption” is the righteousness of God given freely as grace in faith flowing from the Blood of the Cross of Jesus. 

From this prayer, read Romans 3:21-26 to hear the fruit of redemption.

Read Romans 5:1-5 for the fuller description of the fruit of redemption.

 

And a daily practice of silent prayer of love and adoration is an immersion into the Sacred Mystery of redemption, and even more, wonderfully if possible, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, that very mystery, here and now.

 

 

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Thomas Merton in his journal, The Sign of Jonas stated that the feast of the Ascension of the Lord into Heaven was the fundamental feast of those who were called to follow the path of contemplative life.

 

He could make that statement for many reasons, but one of the most obvious would be the text of the Opening Prayer, the Collect, of the feast of the Ascension.  The prayer was changed after the Vatican II reform of the Liturgy, but was restored as an alternative prayer for the feast in the Third Edition of the Roman Missal.

 

The prayer addressed to God asks a special gift for all those who believe that on this day “your only begotten Son, our Redeemer, ascended into heaven.”

 

The gift that is asked is the gift of contemplative union.  The prayer asks for those who believe, “that they may dwell in spirit in the celestial realms [with Jesus who has ascended].”

 

The prayer in Latin has for “in spirit” the word “mente.”  This Latin word means basically the soul. 

 

So the place of dwelling of the soul (mente) is in the glory of the Son with the Father in the glory of eternal life, now begun.  The soul is the center, the substantial reality of the person, the seat of life, and the powers of intellect, memory, and will.

 

Christ in heaven is the place of our rest, transforming us into his divine nature and sharing with us within our depths divine union.

 

The prayer is celebrating the hunger for the grace of this supernatural reality of the Kingdom that while Christ has ascended into the divine realm where the center-depths of our whole being is already alive with the Son, hidden in God.  The Son with the Father in the Spirit makes of our center the heavenly realm with our dwelling with the Godhead in Trinity.

 

Our prayer practice is simply to rest in that reality.

 

“Grant, we pray, almighty God, that we, who believe that your Only Begotten Son, our Redeemer, ascended this day to the heavens, may in spirit dwell already [with him] in heavenly realms.  Who lives with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever?”

 

Our prayer is the simple, quiet, abiding Amen for extended moments in silent love and adoration.  This is the contemplative prayer practice.  It leads when God gives the grace to its ever perfected presence. The glory of the Kingdom has already begun within us but within God, ascended into the glory of the Trinity.


 

--William Fredrickson, Obl.OSB, D.Min.
 

 


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