A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Visits to the Blessed Sacrament and the Blessed Virgin Mary by Saint Alfonso Maria de Liguori

Visits to the Blessed Sacrament and the Blessed Virgin Mary by Saint Alfonso Maria de Liguori
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Booklet, 72 pages
Published 1985 by Liguori Publications
First published 1745
Source: gifted

A truly wonderful devotional to help you pray during Eucharistic Adoration or simply in front of the Tabernacle on any day. Written in 1745 by Saint Alphonsus Liguori in Italian, this translation has been kept as specific as possible to the original but tries to "transpose the genius of the Italian language into the American idiom". The booklet is stamped with an Imprimatur. There are 31 "Visits" included here, one for each day of a month. Each devotion contains a few prayers which are identical every day and two which are specific to each day's particular reading.

A visit proceeds as follows: Introductory prayer (the same every day), The Visit (there are 31 of these, each praises the Lord, tells stories and speaks of the Host actually being Our Lord), Spiritual Communion (the same every day. The prayers starts "My Jesus, I believe You are really here in the Blessed Sacrament."), a "Visit with Mary" (there are 31 of these and though they are brief each one pronounces the glory of the whys of adoration of Mary and a prayer directly to her. And finally, the Concluding Prayer which is the same every day and is a consecration prayer to Mary.

I'm thinking this can be used two ways, one, as obviously intended to visit the Blessed Sacrament and recite the prayer devotion every day for a month. Or two, when you have time to stay behind after Mass or visit a Church that is open to the public continually visit the Blessed Sacrament and recite the prayer devotion for whatever number of the month it is, for example on July 4th you would read "The Fourth Visit.". Of course, thirdly, the book would be useful for participation in Eucharistic Adoration.

A magnificent prayer booklet which I have just put in my purse and hope to put into practice right away!

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