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3 Year Eucharistic Revival

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Eucharistic Prayer Companion: Baptism of the Lord

January 3, 2024

EUCHARISTIC REVIVAL TEAM

‍This Eucharistic Prayer Companion is designed to help you spend thirty minutes to an hour in meditation and silent prayer with Jesus during Eucharistic adoration. Even if you cannot be physically present in a church or adoration chapel with the Blessed Sacrament, you can unite yourself spiritually to Jesus in the Eucharist as you spend this time in prayer.

BAPTISM OF THE LORD: NEW LIFE

THE GRACE I SEEK: to live the graces of my Baptism so as to be guided in all things by the new life I have received through the Holy Spirit

IN THE NAME OF THE FATHER, AND OF THE SON, AND OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. AMEN.

Pause for a few moments, and allow yourself to become aware of Jesus’ gift of himself in the Eucharist. Realize that, at this very moment, the Lord of Life is gazing upon you with great love. Allow yourself to receive his loving gaze. You are his beloved child. Rest in his loving gaze.

Thank Jesus for the gift of himself in the Eucharist.

ASK FOR THE GRACE: Jesus, please help me to generously share the new life I have received through the gift of being reborn by water and the Holy Spirit at my Baptism.

SCRIPTURE MEDITATION

‍Read slowly, 3–4 times. Allow the words of Scripture to wash over your mind and heart. Allow the Holy Spirit to speak to you through this passage.

“I have grasped you by the hand; I formed you, and set you as a covenant of the people, a light for the nations.” (Isaiah 42:6)

FOR REFLECTION

‍Allow yourself to sit with these questions for a while, being attentive to how the Lord is speaking in your heart.

How is the Lord calling me to live my identity as a beloved child of God and member of his Body, the Church, fully obedient to his loving plan for me?

SCRIPTURE MEDITATION

‍Read slowly, 3–4 times. Again, allow the words of Scripture to wash over your mind and heart. Let the Holy Spirit speak to you in a personal way through this passage.

“‘One mightier than I is coming after me. I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’” (Mark 1:7–8)

FOR REFLECTION

‍Contemplate the humble, filial obedience of Christ at his Baptism, and give thanks for the gift of your own Baptism. Ask our Lord for the grace to fully live your identity and mission as a beloved child of God. Ask Jesus to help you believe in his self-sacrificial love for you.

Remain in silence with the Lord. Allow him to speak in the silence, in your heart. Receive his presence. If it helps, write down what you sense the Lord communicating to you during this time of prayer.

CLOSING PRAYER

‍Almighty and ever-living God, who, when Christ had been baptized in the River Jordan and as the Holy Spirit descended upon him, solemnly declared him your beloved Son, grant that your children by adoption, reborn of water and the Holy Spirit, may always be well pleasing to you. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God for ever and ever. Amen. (Collect, The Baptism of the Lord)

SUNDAY MASS CONNECTION

Every time that we enter a church, we dip our fingers into the holy water as a reminder of our Baptism. As we conclude the Christmas Season, ask Our Lord to help your life become a living gospel that proclaims the liberating and saving power of Christ’s love to the ends of the earth. At Mass, offer your desire for many more people to become part of God’s family through the saving waters of Baptism.

LOVE IN ACTION

Considering the grace you just prayed for, ask the Holy Spirit to help you identify someone in your life who is not baptized. Pray for that person, and ask the Lord to help you find a loving way to invite them to consider the incredible gift of becoming a child of God and member of the Church.

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