A Prayer Book for Eucharistic Adoration
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Mr. William G. Storey
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Eucharistic prayers are frequently narrow in scope and modern in style. By contrast, A Prayer Book for Eucharistic Adoration spans nearly 2,000 years of Eucharistic prayer tradition. Throughout the book, author and historian of the liturgy William G. Storey has carefully translated many ancient prayer sources, which heretofore have been unavailable to lay Catholics.
Solidly rooted in Scripture, this book includes an extensive collection of Eucharistic adoration prayers, such as prayers at Mass, Marian prayers, prayers of the saints, novenas, litanies, and more. The leatherette cover provides a classic look and resistance to wear and tear.
About the Author
William G. Storey is professor emeritus of Liturgy and Church History at the University of Notre Dame. He has compiled, translated, and edited many books of prayer, including A Prayer Book of Catholic Devotions, Novenas and The Complete Rosary (Loyola Press), and Lord, Hear Our Prayer and Hail Mary (Ave Maria Press). He currently resides in South Bend, Indiana.
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PrefaceMy father was indifferent to religion, but my mother raised me as a member of the Anglican Church. I came to love the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England in Canada and entered wholeheartedly into its liturgy, and especially its Holy Eucharist. But as I grew into my teen years I discovered that my experience of “prayer book” religion was remarkably different from that of many of my fellow parishioners and even of my rector’s.As an altar boy of seventeen I was serving a visiting Anglican priest one Sunday when I made a shattering discovery. As I was putting out the candles I noticed that a fair amount of the Communion bread and consecrated wine remained on the altar. I drew the priest’s attention to this and got this answer: “Well, throw the bread out to the birds and pour the wine back into the bottle.”In shock I reported these remarks to my rector and his reply proved even more disconcerting. Without turning a hair he told me that some priests believed in the Real Presence of Jesus in Holy Communion and others did not. “And you will just have to get used to it!” A cold moment for me, if there ever was one!I made a change. My maternal grandmother was a Catholic and I started visiting her church after school to pray before the Blessed Sacrament. One day as I was leaving Our Lady of Mercy a young priest stopped me and asked if I was a parishioner. When I told him I wasn’t, he asked what I was doing in their church. I told him I was making a visit to the Blessed Sacrament. That began a brief conversation about my religious condition and an invitation to visit the parish house some time.When I knocked at that door a few weeks later, the rather older pastor answered it and after a few preliminaries asked if I would like to be taken through the catechism. I did, and soon discovered that Catholics did indeed believe in the Real Presence and that it was not optional.At the end of our course in the catechism, I hesitated to commit myself to the Catholic Church. At the pastor’s urging me to “pray about it,” I decided to make a Holy Hour before the tabernacle each day for a month. For the month of May I prayed before the Blessed Sacrament with the book Visits to the Blessed Sacrament and to the Virgin Mary by St. Alphonsus de Liguori. The result? I was conditionally baptized on May 31 and received my first Holy Communion on June 1, the feast of Pentecost.Eucharistic prayer was crucial to my becoming a Catholic. Now you know why I am more than delighted to put together a prayer book of Eucharistic devotions. Blessed be Jesus in the most Holy Sacrament of the Altar!William G. StoreyIntroductionPrimarily this book is for devout Catholics who want to spend time in adoration before Jesus in the tabernacle. And yet, we begin with the Mass, the supreme realization of the Eucharist, then prayers before and after Holy Communion,