It is no co-incidence that Our Lady is remembered under two titles today; Our Lady of Fatima and Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament and the two are very much linked.

In May 1868 St. Peter Julian Eymard, , the founder of the Blessed Sacrament Fathers , gave the title of “Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament” to Our Lady.

In the Encyclical, The Church of the Eucharist, Pope John Paul II speaks of Mary as the “Woman of the Eucharist.” The Pope tells us that Mary and the Holy Eucharist go together. He writes:

Mary also anticipated, in the mystery of the incarnation, the Church’s Eucharistic faith when, at the visitation, she bore in her womb the Word made flesh, she became in some way a “tabernacle”—the first “tabernacle” in history—in which the Son of God, still invisible to our human gaze, allowed himself to be adored by Elizabeth, radiating his light as it were through the eyes and the voice of Mary. And is not the enraptured gaze of Mary as she contemplated the face of the newborn Christ and cradled him in her arms that unparalleled model of love which should inspire us every time we receive Eucharistic Communion? Mary, throughout her life at Christ’s side and not only on Calvary, made her own the sacrificial dimension of the Eucharist. (n. 56)

 

In 1916, a year before Our Lady appeared in Fatima, the Angel of Peace came with the Holy Eucharist and gave the three little shepherds Holy Communion— the Sacred Host to Lucia, and the Precious Blood from the Chalice to Jacinta and Francisco

The Angel left the Chalice containing the Host and the Precious Blood of Jesus suspended in mid-air while he fell to the ground in adoration . The children did the same, saying these words with the Angel:

O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I adore You profoundly. I offer You the Most Precious Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He is offended. Through the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I beg the conversion of poor sinners.

The Angel, taught them to offer their Holy Communion in reparation for those who abuse this Most Blessed Sacrament in various ways:

Rising, the Angel took the chalice and the Host. He gave the sacred Host to Lucia. He gave the Precious Blood  to Jacinta and Francisco, saying: “Take and drink the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, horribly outraged by ungrateful men. Repair their crimes and console your God.”

Then when Our Lady appeared  in 1917,  she asked

Do you wish to offer up to God all the sufferings He desires to send you in reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners?”

“Yes, we do,”  Lucia answered.

Go then, for you will have much to suffer, but the grace of God will comfort you.”

At the moment that Our Lady pronounced the words “the grace of God” she, the Mediatrix of grace, opened her hands for the first time, shedding a light on the children, a light so intense that it seemed to be glancing from her hands and penetrating to the inmost recesses of their hearts. They saw themselves in God, Who was that Light, more clearly than they could see themselves in a mirror. Then by an interior impulse also communicated to them, the children fell upon their knees, repeating in their hearts: “Oh, most Holy Trinity, I adore You! My God, my God, I love You in the most Blessed Sacrament.” From the very beginning, with the Angel and with our Blessed Mother, the children are led to Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist.

 

PRAYER TO OUR LADY OF THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

Blessed are you, Mary,
exalted Daughter of Sion!
You are highly favored and full of grace,
for the Spirit of God descended upon you.

We magnify the Lord
and rejoice with you
for the gift of the Word made flesh,
our bread of life and cup of joy.

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament,
our model of prayer in the Cenacle, pray for us
that we may become what we receive,
the body of Christ your son. Amen